Gerald B. Hickson, MD

Gerald B. Hickson, MD

Joseph C. Ross Chair of Medical Education
General Pediatrics
Founding Director for the Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy
General Pediatrics
Doctor's Office Tower
2200 Children's Way
Room / Suite
(615) 343-8177

Clinical Interests

Quality, Patient Safety, Risk Prevention

Research Information

Since 1990, Dr. Hickson's research has focused on why families choose to file suit, why certain physicians attract a disproportionate share of malpractice claims, and studies linking disrespectful/ unprofessional behavior and surgical and medical adverse outcomes. His work also has focused on how to identify and intervene with high-risk physicians. Dr. Hickson's work has resulted in over 170 peer review articles and chapters; educational initiatives to promote disclosure of medical errors and address behaviors that undermine a culture of safety; and the development of PARS® (Patient Advocacy Reporting System) and CORSsm (Coworker Observation Reporting System), programs that use unsolicited patient and coworker complaint data as the basis for tiered interventions on high-risk clinicians. The PARS® and CORSsm programs have been implemented in more than 180 hospitals and health systems in the US.


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