Mary Dixon-Woods

Mary Dixon-Woods 2015BA, DipStat, MSc, DPhil, FAcSS, FMedSci

Professor of Medical Sociology

Social Science Applied to Healthcare Improvement Research (SAPPHIRE) Group

Health Sciences
University of Leicester
Centre for Medicine
University Road

Tel: +44 (0)116 229 7262


A fellow of both the Academy of Social Sciences and the Academy of Medical Sciences, Mary Dixon-Woods leads a programme of research focused on patient safety and healthcare improvement, healthcare ethics, and methodological innovation in studying healthcare. She is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety. She 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 adjunct 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 2013. She was recently a member of the Patient Safety Forum at the World Innovation Summit for Health and served as an expert panel member the US National Patient Safety Foundation’s review of patient safety. She is currently serving on the review of information technology in the NHS led by Professor Bob Wachter.


Prof Mary Dixon-Woods appointed to RAND Professorship of Health Services Research at University of Cambridge from May 2016.

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