Catalyze Innovation that Advances Health

Raj Ratwani, PhD

Director, National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare

Dr. Ratwani is the director of the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, part of the MedStar Institute for Innovation. He is also an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. His career is focused on improving the safety, efficiency, and quality of care through the application of human factors and applied psychology. He has extensive expertise in health information technology usability and safety and has worked to improve this technology for frontline clinicians. He has also worked to optimize healthcare policies to promote safe and innovative technology and testified in front of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on electronic health record usability and safety.

Dr. Ratwani has authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal publications and has been invited to give numerous talks in the area of human factors, health information technology, and safety. His work has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), The Pew Charitable Trusts, and several other agencies and foundations. He holds a master’s degree and PhD in psychology, with a focus on human factors, and was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.