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
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