Carol Peden

Professor Carol Peden
Professor of Anesthesiology
Executive Director of Centre for Heath System Innovation
University of South California

Professor Carol Peden MB ChB, MD (Res), FRCA, FFICM, MPH is an Adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Southern California and at the University of Pennsylvania in the USA and a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath Center for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement. She is Chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Perioperative Brain Heath Initiative and a board member of the International ERAS Society, USA. She is also the new executive director for clinical quality for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) a federation which covers care for 109M, one in three, Americans. She has expertise in designing and leading improvement and innovation projects around the world and was named Public Health Innovator of the year in 2016 by Harvard School of Public Health for her work to improve outcomes in high-risk surgical patients.
Professor Peden is an internationally recognized physician leader, academic and writer who has designed and led complex quality improvement projects around the world. She is an experienced researcher in the fields of perioperative medicine and person-centered care, with a focus on the potential of clinical pathways and systems of care to prevent disease progression. Prior to joining BCBSA in 2021, she was executive director for health system innovation at Keck Medicine of USC, the nationally ranked academic center of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In prior roles in the United Kingdom in addition to her clinical work, Dr. Peden developed patient safety collaboratives and quality goals for 13.5 million people through NHS England, developed a national audit for high-risk surgery (the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit NELA), and chaired the executive board of Global Comparators, a group of 44 of the world’s leading institutions that shared data for health outcome improvement.

Carol has authored over 100 publications including guidelines, reviews, books, and book chapters and published in major journals such as The Lancet, BMJ Quality and Safety, JAMA Surgery, NEJM Catalyst and Implementation Science.

Professor Peden gained her quality expertise through a Fellowship with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Boston, Mass. and with the Health Foundation in London. She has been awarded the Humphry Davy medal and the Macintosh Professorship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists UK, and the Ellis Gillespie medal of the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. Dr. Peden is dually accredited in anesthesiology and intensive care medicine and has a medical degree and research doctorate in medicine from the University of Edinburgh (UK), and a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

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