Establishing a Safety Culture Is Key to Saving Lives

Photo: (From left) Henry Rice, Astrid Tello, Sohail Dogar, and Bria Johnston. Tello, from Guatemala, and Dogar, from Pakistan, were patient safety fellows at Duke this spring.

It’s a given that medical providers think about patient safety, but as Duke pediatric surgeon Henry Rice, MD, has discovered through his international research, many healthcare facilities fail to establish a safety culture—leading to preventable medical errors, complications, and poor patient outcomes.

Chief of Pediatric Surgery Receives Humanism in Medicine Award

We are pleased to announce that Henry E. Rice, MD, Professor and Chief of Pediatric General Surgery, has received the 2018 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. This award is presented annually to a Duke faculty member who embodies compassion, sensitivity, respect for patients and colleagues, and clinical excellence. Sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, this honor recognizes faculty of the highest caliber at nearly 80 of the nation’s medical schools.

Research Reveals that Pediatric Surgery Should Be a Global Reality, Not a Luxury

Congratulations to Dr. Henry Rice, Chief, Division of Pediatric General Surgery, for his recent publication in PLOS ONE. Dr. Rice’s research titled “Economic Analysis of Children’s Surgical Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Analysis,” scans a 19-year period from 1996 to 2015 and sheds light on the economic value of pediatric surgery in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The article was co-written by Anthony T. Saxton, senior clinical trials assistant in the Department of Surgery, and Emily R.