Robert Wears passing

Karen Cosby kcosby40 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 18 16:41:25 UTC 2017


It's hard to know what to say to give justice to Bob's impact on patient
safety, and me personally.  Bob was a wonderful mentor.  He had keen
insights and a deep understanding of how things work, a brilliant capacity
for words, and a clever wit.  But mostly he was a genuinely warm and giving
person.  He made a significant impact on me both personally and
professionally.  He pushed me to network and encouraged working
relationships with people I might otherwise have never felt worthy to
approach.  I've heard it said that the true measure of a leader is not in
their own accomplishments as much as in the accomplishments of those they
enable and empower.  I am terribly saddened, but very grateful to have met
and known Bob. His impact on patient safety will be enduring.

On Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 10:43 AM, Henriksen, Kerm (AHRQ/CQuIPS) <
Kerm.Henriksen at ahrq.hhs.gov> wrote:

> Very nicely and aptly stated, Mark.
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> *Kerm Henriksen, PhD*
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> Senior Advisor, Human Factors and Patient Safety
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> Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
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> *From:* Mark Graber [mailto:Mark.Graber at IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG]
> *Sent:* Tuesday, July 18, 2017 7:55 AM
> *To:* IMPROVEDX at LIST.IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG
> *Subject:* [IMPROVEDX] Robert Wears passing
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> We were informed yesterday of Dr Robert Wears death within the past few
> days.
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> Bob was an internationally-known and widely-published authority on patient
> safety and contributed significantly to efforts to address diagnostic
> error.
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> Bob was one of the attendees at a meeting of a few people in Naples FL in
> 2006, where we discussed diagnostic error as a real problem.  More than any
> other event, this meeting marked the start of the diagnostic error
> ‘movement’.   The Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference was proposed at
> that meeting, and the proceedings were the first compilation of articles to
> discuss the problem (attached).  Bob studied with Charles Vincent, and will
> be remembered as one of the true scholars in trying to apply the principles
> of safety engineering to medical practice, and work in the Emergency
> Department in particular.  Bob pushed us to think more deeply about safety
> and safety solutions, and his writings on resiliency, complexity, and how
> to learn about safety are foundational in our field.  Two of my favorite
> papers from Bob are attached, including his now-classic description of
> diagnostic error as a ‘wicked’ problem.
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> His wisdom and unique perspective will be truly missed.
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>   Mark
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> Mark L Graber, MD FACP
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> President, SIDM
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> Senior Fellow, RTI International
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> Professor Emeritus, Stony Brook University, NY
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