Christine Goeschel

Christine Goeschel, ScD, MPA, MPS, RN, is the assistant vice president for Quality at MedStar Health. In this role, she oversees quality improvement for both acute and non-acute care. In addition, she holds an associate faculty position in the Master of Hospital Administration program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Previously, Dr. Goeschel held a primary faculty appointment in the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins. She was also director of Strategic Research Initiatives at the Hopkins Armstrong Institute, where she served as co-director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) ACTION II research network.

Dr. Goeschel has significant and diverse health care leadership experience as a critical care nurse, a hospital executive, an implementation scientist, and developer and first executive for the Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. She has led groundbreaking efforts to reduce bloodstream infections in intensive-care units in Michigan, and she has contributed to large-scale healthcare improvement projects in Spain, England, and Peru and to an AHRQ-funded initiative to reduce bloodstream infections in the United States and Puerto Rico. Dr. Goeschel speaks frequently at national and international forums on the topics of improvements to the science of healthcare delivery and leadership accountability for quality and patient safety.

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the board of directors of the Maryland Patient Safety Center. In addition, she was selected as an examiner for the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. She has served on the National Quality Forum (NQF) national steering committee for hospital-associated conditions, and she currently serves on an NQF expert panel examining linkages between cost and quality of care. Dr. Goeschel was recently appointed to an Institute of Medicine committee focused on diagnostic errors in healthcare. She holds an appointment as Honorary Visiting Fellow in the Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, United Kingdom, where she has served as a consultant on several improvement projects. She also serves as a senior advisor on the World Health Organization Patient Safety Program.

Dr. Goeschel is a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Critical Care Nursing, and she serves as a peer reviewer for several other journals. She has written or co-written more than 65 articles and several book chapters related to quality of care, patient safety and measurement and evaluation of safety efforts.

In addition to her Doctor of Science degree in Health Systems Management from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Dr. Goeschel has two master’s degrees: one in Public Administration from Western Michigan University and one in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University.

Research Interests

Dr. Goeschel’s research interests include

  • Healthcare quality and safety
  • Healthcare-associated infections
  • Patient safety
  • Health services research
  • Healthcare leadership and accountability

Selected Research

An intervention to decrease catheter-related bloodstream infections in intensive-care units

Dr. Goeschel was the initiator and a site principal investigator on groundbreaking work to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections in more than 100 intensive-care units in Michigan. Results of this study were published in The New England Journal of Medicine (2006;355:2725-2732).

Quality improvement and patient safety: hospital board and medical staff leadership challenges

In this study of leadership and accountability for quality and safety, Dr. Goeschel identified administrative and medical staff leadership issues. This work was published in Chest (2010;138:171-178).​

View Dr. Goeschel's publications on PubMed

  • Research Areas
  • Health Services/Quality/Outcomes