Dr. David Stockwell

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Stockwell is Chief Medical Officer at Pascal Metrics, a Patient Safety Organization that has pioneered the use of trigger-based methods and systems to improve the safety and reliability of patient care across the Pascal Community Collaborative.

Dr. Stockwell is a nationally recognized quality improvement expert and recently served as the Executive Director of Improvement Science as well as the Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s National Medical Center. He joined Children’s National Medical Center’s team in July 1999, having been educated in medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He did his training in pediatric medicine and pediatric critical care at Children’s and is board certified in both fields.

In addition to medical training, he has developed an expertise in the quality of care delivery. A certified Six Sigma Black Belt, he also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from The George Washington University. Dr. Stockwell has been a leader at Children’s National driving the performance improvement of clinical teams. He developed high quality teams centered on quality of care measurement, research and metric development, and improvement efforts.

Dr. Stockwell has worked with physicians across all disciplines with a wide range of quality understanding to instill higher standards and foster their own quality teams. Locally, he continues to lead and assist the Medical Unit Directors at Children’s on their respective microsystem improvement efforts.

He is the leader of a multi-hospital collaborative of children’s hospitals across the United States investigating automated adverse event detection. This collaborative has led efforts to identify novel ways of identifying adverse events via the use of electronic medical records and partners with electronic medical record vendors (e.g. Cerner and Epic) and the FDA to develop tools quantifying the impact of adverse events in children. Further, Dr. Stockwell co-leads an AHRQ funded national research effort to develop a state of the art pediatric patient safety measurement system.

National quality metric development is another focus of Dr. Stockwell’s and he has participated in multiple National Quality Forum panels for these efforts and he currently he sits on an AHRQ funded Pediatric ICU metric development panel.

Dr. Stockwell treasures the work he is able to do directly with patients and he has been named one of the “Best Doctors in America” continuously since 2007. He also greatly enjoys his role as a mentor of critical care fellows and junior faculty as well as those interested in pursuing careers in quality and safety.

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