2019 Pinnacle Award Recipient

Rosemary Gibson, MS

Individual Award for Career Achievement

 

Rosemary Gibson is author of China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine. The book chronicles the shift to China as a major source of America’s generic and other medicines and the impact on our health and national security. Ms. Gibson is Senior Advisor at the Hastings Center and Perspectives Editor at JAMA Internal Medicine. She is the recipient of the highest honor from the American Medical Writers Association for her outstanding contributions to the public’s interest in reporting on critical health care issues.

At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Rosemary architected its $250 million decade-long national strategy to integrate palliative care into the nation’s hospitals. The number of palliative care programs in acute care facilities increased from a handful in 1999 to 1,900 in 2018. She is recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Also at the Foundation, Ms. Gibson led national patient safety and quality initiatives in partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. She wrote Wall of Silence: The Untold Story of the Medical Mistakes that Kill and Injure Millions of Americans, the first book to tell the human story when patients are harmed in the course of medical treatment. Her interviews with patients inspired the funding of the first rapid response systems in U.S. hospitals, among other innovations. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and the London School of Economics.

 

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