On November 5th, Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, III spoke to a UCSF audience at Cole Hall on "Leadership in Advancing National Efforts in Patient Safety and Optimal Quality of Care". Captain Sullenberger spoke at the invitation of Nancy L. Ascher, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of UCSF Department of Surgery. Sullenberger had previously collaborated on healthcare issues with UCSF surgeon John Maa, M.D. He was introduced by Hobart W. Harris, M.D., M.P.H., Chief of the Division of General Surgery, who underscored how Sullenberger's aviation experience has informed patient safety and the evolution of modern clinical practice.
Drawing on his 43-year career as a pilot and safety expert, Captain Sullenberger demonstrated the importance of effective leadership, the necessity of understanding the science of safety, and the vital need for all health care institutions to build a robust culture of safety that improves outcomes, saves lives and reduces costs. For the benefit of those who could not attend, the lecture was recorded.