Advisory Board

Prof (level II). Paul Barach, BSc, MD, MPH

Paul BarachDr. Paul Barach is an internationally known patient safety researcher. He was the Scientific Coordinator of the EU-FP7 HANDOVER project focused on developing better organisational and informational tools to improve patient discharge and transitions (

He is a board-certified Anesthesiologist, with advanced training in Cardiac Anesthesia, Critical Care medicine and Human Factors, at the Massachusetts General Hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School where he trained and practiced.

He has post graduate certificate training in quality improvement under Dr Brent James at Intermountain Healthcare. He founded the Centre for Patient Safety and Simulation at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Patient Safety.

He chaired the Jackson Memorial Hospital Patient Safety Committee and was the Medical Director for Quality for 3 years. He leads the Trauma and Rehabilitation learning Collaborative Injury Research Program, (

His major research focus is on developing and extending theoretical work in the areas of medical education, injury prevention, patient safety and quality improvement using both quantitative and qualitative methods. He has been awarded over 9 million euro in federal funding from US, EU, Norwegian, Greek and Australian national funding bodies. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and his work has been cited over 3300 times.

Dr. Barach was editor of journal *Quality and Safety in Healthcare from 2001-2005. He is co-editor of 2 special issues of *Pediatric Cardiology* devoted to the safety and quality of the future of pediatric cardiac care published in 2011 and 2012, and, is co-editor of forthcoming first textbook devoted to the quality and safety of pediatric cardiac care to be published by Springer in 2013.

He holds academic appointments as Professor ( level II) of “Quality and Safety in Healthcare Systems” at the University of Stavanger, Norway; visiting professor at the University College Cork, Ireland; and, Associate Professor at the University of South Florida.


Prof. Dr George Shorten
Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at UCC

Prof. Dr. George Shorten

Formerly Assistant Professor of Anaesthesiology at Harvard Medical School, George was appointed the first Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at UCC, Ireland in 1997. His considerable research accomplishments are reflected in over 150 published articles in peer-reviewed journal, which cover topics in medicine ranging from medical education, to various subjects in anaesthesiology. He was a ministerial appointment to the European Agency for Evaluation of Medicinal Products (COMP). He is also a member of the Department of Health and Children (Ireland) Steering Committee of Health Technology Assessment, and the Irish Health Services Executive (SA) Acute Hospital Review Steering Committee. He was also appointed Abbott Lecturer (2004) to the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland. Founder and National Director of MSc Anaesthesia NUI/RCSI 2002-5.