After medical school at the University of Manitoba and internship at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Shojania completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, one of the world leaders in patient safety research. Following a fellowship in outcomes research at the University of California San Francisco, he stayed on faculty there for four years before returning to Canada—first to the University of Ottawa and then the University of Toronto. He sees patients as a general internist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and co-leads (with Professor Ross Baker) the Masters degree in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the University of Toronto’s Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation.
Dr. Shojania’s research focuses on identifying evidence-based patient safety interventions and effective strategies for translating evidence into practice. His work has appeared in leading journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the British Medical Journal, and the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Dr. Shojania held a Canada Research Chair in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement from 2004-2013. He has twice delivered invited presentations on patient safety and healthcare quality to the US Institute of Medicine.
Dr. Shojania has also led a number of educational initiatives in patient safety, including two websites PSNet and WebM&M produced for the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which receive approximately 3 million visits a year. A book on patient safety for a general audience that he co-authored with Dr. Robert Wachter (at the University of California San Francisco) received excellent reviews in the New York Times and Journal of the American Medical Association and has sold approximately 50,000 copies. For this and other work, Drs. Shojania and Wachter received one of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Awards (2004) from the US Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum for work in patient safety that has had an impact on a national level.
Since 2011, Dr. Shojania has been the Editor-in Chief of BMJ Quality & Safety Quality, the highest impact journal in the field.