Matthew Weinger

Matthew WeingerDr. Matthew B. Weinger holds the Norman Ty Smith Chair in Patient Safety and Medical Simulation and is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Biomedical Informatics, and Medical Education at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He serves as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs of the Department of Anesthesiology, is the Director of Vanderbilt University’s Center for Research and Innovation in Systems Safety, and is the Director of Research for the School of Medicine’s Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment. Dr. Weinger has received more than $6 million in direct research support from federal agencies and major non-profit foundations. He has over 140 publications that cover a range of topics including human factors, use error, user interface design and evaluation, measures of clinician performance, simulation, workload, alarms and vigilance, clinical expertise, automation, clinician fatigue, and clinical decision support. Dr. Weinger has been teaching and conducting research in human factors in healthcare, patient safety, and clinical decision making for more than two decades. In 2011, the seminal textbook on which he was lead editor, Handbook of Human Factors in Medical Device Design was published by CRC/Taylor & Francis. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a Master’s degree in Biology (neurosciences) received from Stanford University in 1978. He completed his MD degree at the University of California–San Diego in 1982 and did his anesthesiology residency training at the University of California–San Francisco. Dr. Weinger is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and previously served as Co-Chairman of the AAMI Human Factors Committee responsible for developing American national standards for all medical device user interfaces. He is the Associate Editor for Health and Health Systems for the journal Human Factors and on the Editorial Board of Simulation in Healthcare. Dr. Weinger is also the Secretary of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and serves as an advisor for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).