About the Event

The Center for Outcomes and Patient Safety in Surgery (COMPASS) at Massachusetts General Hospital is excited to announce the fourth event in its Patient Safety in Surgery webinar series. Join us on October 14, 2021 from 1-2 pm EST.

In this webinar, Neelam Dhingra, MD, will outline global opportunities in patient safety and the World Health Organization (WHO) Patient Safety flagship's efforts to implement sustainable improvements in patient safety and manage risks to prevent patient harm.

About the Speaker

Neelam Dhingra, MD

Neelam Dhingra, MD, heads the WHO Transformative Flagship Initiative, "A Decade of Patient Safety 2021-2030," at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. In this role, Dr. Dhingra leads the WHO’s global efforts in providing strategic leadership on patient safety within the context of universal health coverage. This includes implementation of 2019 World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution, Global Action on Patient Safety; World Patient Safety Day; WHA-approved Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021-2030; Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication Without Harm; Global Patient Safety Network; leadership and safety culture; Patient for Patient Safety Network and Patient Engagement; education and training; reporting and learning; tools and checklists; and country support for patient safety implementation.

Upon joining WHO Geneva in 2000, Dr. Dhingra led the WHO Blood Safety Unit until 2014, providing strategic leadership and facilitating multi-country support for strengthening blood transfusion services. Since 2015, she has been coordinating the WHO’s efforts in areas of patient safety and risk management. A hematologist from India, Dr. Dhingra served as faculty in a tertiary university hospital, leading transfusion services in New Delhi for 14 years.


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.