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Fred & Julie Soper Professorship

Albert Wu, MD, MPH, studies the impact of safety problems on patients and health care workers.

Contact Info

624 N. Broadway, Hampton House 653

Research Interests

Patient Safety; Second Victim; Disclosure; Incident Reporting; Quality of Life; Comparative Effectiveness Research; Patient Centered Outcomes Research; Quality of Care; MOS-HIV Health Survey; Community Based Participatory Research
Experiences & Accomplishments
Cornell University
University of California
His research and teaching focus on patient outcomes and quality of care.
He was among the first to measure quality of life outcomes in people with HIV. He co-founded the Outcomes Committee of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group of the NIH ACTG. He developed the MOS-HIV Health Survey, a leading measure of health related quality of life for people with HIV that is used widely in international trials and research studies.
He has studied the handling of medical errors since 1988, and has published influential papers including “Do house officers learn from their mistakes” (JAMA 1991), “Medical error: the second victim” (BMJ, 2000). He was a member of the Institute of Medicine committee on Preventing Medication Errors, and Senior Adviser to the World Health Organization Patient Safety program in Geneva from 2007-2009. He leads the Armstrong Institute center for meaningful measures
He was director of the AHRQ-funded Hopkins DEcIDE center for comparative effectiveness research from 2005-2013.  He is Director of the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research (CHSOR), the online Masters of Applied Science in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality, and is Editor in Chief of Journal of Patient Safety and Risk Management (Sage)
He is a practicing general internist. On Twitter he is @withyouDrWu
Honors & Awards
ISI Highly Cited 2007. 
Fellow of the American College of Physicians, 2010
Delta Omega honor society, 2012 
Ernest Lyman Stebbins Medal. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2016
John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2019
Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs) Career Achievement Prize. Health Assessment Lab/Medical Outcomes Trust, 2019
International Academy of Quality and Safety in Health Care, Elected Member 2019
Select Publications
Dr. Wu has devoted his career to improving the experience of patients receiving health care, as well as their outcomes and safety. He has published widely in the areas of patient-reported outcomes research, with a focus on assessing patient-reported outcomes (PROs), and on the quality and safety of health care.
  • Wu AW, Kharrazi H, Boulware LE, Snyder CF. Measure once, cut twice--adding patient-reported outcome measures to the electronic health record for comparative effectiveness research. J Clin Epidemiol. 2013 Aug;66(8 Suppl):S12-20. doi:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2013.04.005. PubMed PMID: 23849145;
  • Jensen RE, Snyder CF, Basch E, Frank L, Wu AW. All together now: findings from a PCORI workshop to align patient-reported outcomes in the electronic health record. J Comp Eff Res. 2016 Sep 2:0. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27586855.
  • Edrees H, Connors C, Paine L, Norvell M, Taylor H, Wu AW. Implementing the RISE second victim support programme at the Johns Hopkins Hospital: a case study. BMJ Open. 2016 Sep 30;6(9) :e011708. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011708. PubMed PMID: 27694486;
  • Wu AW. The end of the beginning: Clinical Risk and the Journal of Patient Safety and Risk Management. Journal of Patient Safety and Risk Management. 2018 (February 14):23(1):3-6. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Wu AW, Weston CM, Ibe CA, Ruberman CF, Bone L, Boonyasai RT, Hwang S, Gentry J, Purnell L, Lu Y, Liang S, Rosenblum M. The Baltimore Community-Based Organizations Neighborhood Network: Enhancing Capacity Together (CONNECT) Cluster RCT. Am J Prev Med. 2019 Jun 25. pii: S0749-3797(19)30163-1. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2019.03.013. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31248746.
Analysis Of Qol And Adherence Data From Tpv Resist Studies
Advancing stated-preference methods for measuring the preferences of patients with type 2 diabetes
Reliability and Responsiveness of PROMIS tools in Orthopaedic Trauma Patients
Improving the Emergency Department (ED) Discharge Process
Patient-Reported Outcomes in Routine Clinical Care of Patients Infected with HIV
Comparative Effectiveness of Care Delivery Interventions in Serious Mental Illness
Comparative Effectiveness Studies to Improve Patient Outcomes in End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
Reverse Innovation & Community Engagement to Improve Quality of Care & Patient Outcomes
RISE: Resilience in Stressful Events