Mary Dixon-Woods

BA, DipStat, MSc, DPhil, FAcSS, FMedSciProfessor Mary Dixon-Woods

Professor of Medical Sociology

Social Science Applied to Healthcare Improvement Research (SAPPHIRE) Group

Health Sciences
University of Leicester
22-28 Princess Road West
Leicester, LE1 6TP

Tel: +44 (0)116 229 7262


Mary Dixon-Woods is Professor of Medical Sociology and director of the SAPPHIRE group, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, UK, and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety. She leads a programme of research focused on patient safety and healthcare improvement, healthcare ethics, and methodological innovation in studying healthcare. She is a fellow of the UK’s Academy of Social Science, and holds honorary positions as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, a visiting professor at Imperial College’s Centre for Infection Prevention and Management, and a visiting associate professor at Dartmouth College. She was, in 2012, one of the first recipients of a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award. She served on the National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England, which produced the Berwick report in 2012. She was recently a member of the Patient Safety Forum at the World Innovation Summit for Health and is currently serving as an expert panel member the US National Patient Safety Foundation’s review of patient safety.

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