Dr. Shahdad Saeedi is a second year Podiatric Surgical Resident at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.  During his residency, he has developed an interest in sports medicine, minimally invasive and reconstructive surgery. His interests in becoming a leader for patient safety stem from the numerous patient experiences he has had which highlight the key to quality healthcare starts with a safe culture. He was invited to attend the Telluride Patient Safety Conference in Napa, Ca where he found a new passion for patient safety.

Health care organizations should strive to join the ranks of high-reliability organizations, but there are many challenges in developing reliable systems. He looks forward to collaborating with other healthcare professionals at the QIPS Council meetings and to further delve into how we can do more for our patients through safer patient care both here at MedStar and other healthcare organizations globally. He hopes to also network with medical schools; specifically within his home state of California, to expand their curriculum to incorporate patient safety measures that have resulted from powerful stories from within the MedStar Health System.

Throughout his residency training he has come to appreciate that safe and quality healthcare should be standardized nationwide and every medical practice; regardless of size, should be a high-reliability organization. One of his favorite personal quotes: “We look for medicine to be an orderly field of knowledge and procedure. But it is not. It is an imperfect science, an enterprise of constantly changing knowledge, uncertain information, fallible individuals, and at the same time lives on the line. There is science in what we do, yes, but also habit, intuition, and sometimes plain old guessing. The gap between what we know and what we aim for persists. And this gap complicates everything we do.” 
― Atul GawandeComplications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science