The department of Neurology and Psychiatry will host Joint Grand Rounds from 8-9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in Lecture Hall 1 in Schwitalla Hall. Gerald Hickson, M.D. ,will present "Communicating Unexpected Outcomes and Errors with Patients and their Families."
Gerald Hickson is the Joseph C. Ross Chair of Medical Education and Administration, Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Family and Health Systems Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Hickson joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics in 1982 and served six years as Chief of Pediatric Outpatient Services for the Vanderbilt Clinic.
In 2003, Hickson was appointed associate dean for Clinical Affairs and director of the Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy. In 2005, he was named director of Clinical Risk and Loss Prevention and Chairman of the Self-Insurance Trust Committee. Currently, Hickson holds the additional roles of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs.
Since 1990, Hickson's research has focused on why families choose to file suit, why certain physicians attract a disproportionate share of claims and how to identify and intervene with high-risk physicians. His work has resulted in over 100 peer review articles and chapters; the development of PARS(R) peer-review system and several educational initiatives to promote disclosure of medical errors and address the disruptive professional.
Hickson currently serves as the vice chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Patient Safety Foundation and has served as the chairman of the National Patient Safety Foundation Board of Governors. He served as chairperson of the Quality Care Committee for the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) and was a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Quality Improvement.
Hickson received an award for Excellence in Research and Teaching from the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, the National Healthcare Patient Advocacy award from the Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocacy and the Vanguard Award for the Advancement of Patient Safety from the Doctor's Company Foundation. In 2007, Hickson was named Joseph C. Ross Chair of Medical Education and Administration.
Hickson received his bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and his doctorate from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency and a fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.