Richard Cook


Richard Cook is a physician, educator, and researcher at the University of Chicago, Illinois. Since November 1994, he has been assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care of the University of Chicago. He is also an associate director for the GAPS (Getting at Patient Safety) project sponsored by the Veterans Health Administration. Dr. Cook’s current research interests include the study of human error, the role of technology in human expert performance, and patient safety. Dr. Cook has been involved with the National Patient Safety Foundation since its inception and is a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is internationally recognized as a leading expert on medical accidents, complex system failures, and human performance. He has investigated a variety of problems in such diverse areas as urban mass transportation, semiconductor manufacturing, and military software systems. From 1987 to 1991, Dr. Cook was a researcher on expert human performance in anesthesiology, and industrial and systems engineering at The Ohio State University. Dr. Cook received his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

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