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Bloomberg Distinguished Professorship of Health Systems, Quality, and Safety

Bloomberg School of Public Health, Carey Business School, School of Medicine, School of Nursing

Established in 2019 by Michael R. Bloomberg

MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG is the founder of Bloomberg LP, Philanthropist, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, World Health Organization Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases, and three-term mayor of New York City.

He is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who served as mayor of New York City from 2002-2013 after leading the company he started in 1981 for 20 years. Since leaving City Hall, he has resumed leadership of Bloomberg LP.

Bloomberg was elected mayor less than two months after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Under his leadership, the city rebounded faster and stronger than expected on issues ranging from education to health to economic development.

A lifelong philanthropist, Bloomberg founded Bloomberg Philanthropies, which focuses on five main areas: public health, education, the environment, the arts, and government innovation. He also leads a number of bi-partisan coalitions on urgent issues, including climate change, illegal guns, immigration reform, and infrastructure investment.

Bloomberg graduated from Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School.

Held by 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.