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Kathryn McDonald

KATHRYN MCDONALD, Ph.D., M.M., explores what makes for safe, affordable, and high-quality health care delivery systems and the factors that prevent health organizations from achieving this standard of care.

Dr. McDonald develops tools for measuring patient safety and quality that are used by private and public care providers alike. She created a set of standardized health care quality measurements called Quality Indicators, which are used to analyze administrative data from hospitals—including Johns Hopkins—to identify potential quality concerns and track changes over time. Dr. McDonald holds primary appointments at the Schools of Nursing and Medicine and joint appointments in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Carey Business School. She is also affiliated with the Johns Hopkins Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare.

Dr. McDonald joined Johns Hopkins University in 2020.