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Ranjit Singh, MB BChir, MA (Cambridge, England) MD, MBA

A graduate of the University of Cambridge (England) where he read Medicine and Management, Ranjit completed his residency at UB and also earned an MBA with Distinction with elective rotation at Yale University, Connecticut, USA. He is the Co-Director of the University at Buffalo’s Patient Safety Research Center, Vice Chair of Research and Development in the Department of Family Medicine, and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine. Ranjit is also a member of the WHO Expert Panel on Patient Saftey in Primary Care.

A Family Physician with 15 years of clinical experience, and a medication safety researcher focusing on the role of system science in improving medication safety in primary care, he has served as a Co-investigator on AHRQ grants related to this subject and also as the PI on various smaller grants including a recent HRSA grant that examined the adoption of HIT among primary care offices and its current and potential impacts on patient safety. This work has led to several publications. His work focuses on putting patient safety at the heart of medical education and practice, specifically for older adults. For 8 years he has been focusing his patient safety research efforts on improving the lives of older adults, most recently targeting adverse drug events – one of the greatest hazards that our senior citizens face.

Ranjit brings together methods from diverse fields including systems and reliability theory, complexity science, and management science to create unique approaches to improving care. He is well known in his field, nationally and internationally, through his publications and invited presentations, and membership in AHRQ’s national ‘Expert Panel on Medication Errors and Adverse Drug Events Reporting Systems’. Among his most well received work has been his novel proactive risk assessment methodology and his approach to interactive computer visualization of healthcare systems that help in creating safe and reliable Patient-Centered Medical Homes.

This trans-disciplinary work, aimed at ensuring that biomedical research is translated effectively and safely into longer, healthier lives, is closely aligned with the UB 2020 ‘Health and Wellness across the Life Span’ goal. His work helps hospitals and ambulatory practices to analyze existing healthcare macro- and micro-systems and to create and maintain systems that support current and new technologies and treatments so as to maximize health and wellness.

Ranjit also has extensive experience in software design, programming, and implementation. As a primary care physician Co-investigator, he will be responsible for liaising with practices, working closely with the software consultant to facilitate development and implementation of the system, as well as participating in analysis of results, and manuscript preparation. Dr Ranjit Singh’s expertise complements that of the Director of the Center and helps to translate the system engineering principles into the primary care context.

Dr. Singh has played a leading role in writing and conducting two AHRQ patient safety grants and five HRSA grants, totaling more than $3 million.