Meet Rutgers' new anesthesiology chair Dr. Keith Lewis — 5 insights

Keith Lewis, MD, became New Brunswick, N.J.-based Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School's anesthesiology and perioperative medicine department chair in September.

Here's what you should know:

1. He also serves as a professor and New Brunswick-based RWJ University Hospital's anesthesiology chief and perioperative quality and safety director.

2. He has planned on-site multidisciplinary team training, led multimedia material creation and emphasized effective communication skills to reinforce patient safety at Rutgers and West Orange, N.J.-based RWJBarnabas Health.

3. Dr. Lewis previously served as Boston Medical Center's anesthesiology chief for more than two decades, leading a department that received several national patient safety awards.

4. At Rutgers and RWJBarnabas Health, he aims to collaborate with nursing and surgical leaders to create an Integrated Procedural Platform similar to the one he created at Boston Medical Center.

5. The IPP would have the ultimate goal of creating a high reliability organization dedicated to achieving zero medical errors.

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