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Cynthia Barnard

Cynthia Barnard, PhD, MBA is Vice President, Quality for Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, an integrated academic health system of ten hospitals and two large multi-specialty medical practice groups in the Chicago metropolitan area, anchored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the academic medical center and principal clinical affiliate of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is responsible for oversight of the clinical quality, patient safety, infection prevention and accreditation and policy programs for the system.

Dr. Barnard has served on the faculty of the Northwestern University Master’s Program in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety since its inception more than a decade ago. She earned a PhD from Northwestern University in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety, following undergraduate studies in Psychology at Bryn Mawr College and an MBA in Health Systems Management and Economics at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Her research interests center on patient engagement in quality and patient safety, and quality and safety measurement and improvement methods. She has held leadership roles in the National Association for Healthcare Quality, the Illinois Hospital Association, and the boards of Project Patient Care and The Boulevard (Chicago), and has published books and articles in health care quality, patient safety, ethics, and policy.