About the Event

The Center for Outcomes and Patient Safety in Surgery (COMPASS) at Massachusetts General Hospital is excited to announce the next event in its Patient Safety in Surgery webinar series. Join us on March 24, 2022, from 1-2 pm EST.

In this webinar, Dana Gelb Safran, ScD, will discuss the next generation of measures that are needed to continue driving improvements in health care quality, outcomes, equity and affordability.

About the Speaker 

Dana Gelb Safran, ScD

Dana Gelb Safran, ScD, is the president and CEO of the National Quality Forum (NQF) and an internationally recognized health care executive with a unique blend of accomplishments in business and academia. A central feature of her work has been combining the science of quality measurement with the art of its use to drive significant change in the quality, outcomes and affordability of care.

Dr. Safran’s prior roles include serving for more than a decade as a senior executive at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA), where she was a lead architect of the BCBSMA Alternative Quality Contract, which is widely credited with having catalyzed the value-based payment movement among public and private payers nationally. She was also a founding member of the executive team at Haven, a joint venture of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to achieve better health outcomes, care experiences and costs of care through innovation in care delivery, benefit design and purchasing. Most recently, she was an executive team member at WELL Health, Inc., a health care technology company.

Dr. Safran is on the faculty of Tufts University School of Medicine and has held a broad range of advisory roles in the public sector and internationally supporting efforts to improve health and health care through effective uses of performance measurement. Since 2017, she has served as a commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.


Haytham Kaafarani, MD, MPH
Haytham Kaafarani, MD, MPH
Director of Patient Safety & Quality, Trauma & Emergency Surgery
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School


COMPASS brings together surgical and procedural quality leaders from across Mass General. Its mission is to join clinical collaboration and data in order to ensure—amongst all surgical and procedural colleagues—the safest, most appropriate and effective and highest quality procedure for every patient, every time.