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Donald Kennerly, MD, PhD, is vice president and associate chief quality officer for Baylor Health Care System in Dallas. He is responsible for developing and implementing programs that target both the processes of care and the organizational culture that contribute to the delivery of safe care in all BHCS facilities.
He joined the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1983, where he conducted federally funded research in biochemistry for more than a decade. He also served as the director of the Division of Allergy, the director of the allergy and immunology training program and the associate director of the NIH-funded Medical Scientist training program.
In the early 1990s, Dr. Kennerly led the development of an asthma disease management program for Parkland Health & Hospital System's 20,000 inner-city patients with asthma - an experience that led to his rapidly increasing engagement with health system design, quality improvement and patient safety.
Dr. Kennerly began his administrative, clinical and research work at Baylor in 1999, where he initially served as medical director for the Center for Quality and Care at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. He was part of the 2002 inaugural group of the American Hospital Association-sponsored Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship. In 2004, he helped to shape a major augmentation of BHCS patient safety activities. That effort led to the formation of the System's Office of Patient Safety, which Dr. Kennerly heads. He also serves as executive sponsor for BHCS programs to reduce inpatient mortality.
In addition to administrative and research activities, Dr. Kennerly continues to care for children and adults with asthma and is active in asthma disease management programs. He has lectured widely, teaches at UT Southwestern and has served on several local and national committees relating to his research, to clinical care, and to patient safety. He serves as a founding board member of the Dallas Asthma Consortium and is a former member and past chair of the board of the Asthma Coalition of Texas. He also serves as executive sponsor for BHCS programs to reduce inpatient mortality and has developed several externally funded research projects in patient safety.
Dr. Kennerly graduated from Harvard College in 1974 with high honors. He received his MD/PhD in 1980 and completed internal medicine training at Washington University in 1983 and finished his subspecialty and research training as a fellow in allergy and immunology at UT Southwestern in 1986.
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