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Albert Wu, MD

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 653
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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MD, Cornell University, 1984
MPH, University of California


His research and teaching focus on patient outcomes and quality of care.

He was among the first to measure quality of life outcomes in people with HIV. He was one of the founders of the Outcomes Committe of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group of the NIH ACTG. He developed the MOS-HIV Health Survey, a leading measure of health related quality of life for people with HIV that is used widely in international trials and research studies.

He has studied the handling of medical errors since 1998, and has published influential papers including “Do house officers learn from their mistakes” (JAMA 1991), “Medical error: the second victim” (BMJ, 2000). He was a member of the Institute of Medicine committee on Preventing Medication Errors, and Senior Adviser to the World Health Organization Patient Safety program in Geneva from 2007-2009.

He was director of the AHRQ-funded Hopkins DEcIDE center for comparative effectiveness research from 2005-2013.  He is co-developer of PatientViewpoint, a web portal to link patient reported outcomes to the Electronic Health Record. 

He is a practicing general internist.

Honors and Awards

New York Festivals: Film and Video: Health Care Professional Education 2006 - Bronze World Medal for 'Removing Insult From Injury: Disclosing Adverse Events.’ 

ISI Highly Cited 2007. 

Fellow of the American College of Physicians, 2010

Delta Omega honor society, 2012 

Outstanding Faculty Award.  Student Association, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2013

  • Patient Safety, Second Victim, Disclosure, Incident Reporting, Near Misses, Quality of Life, Comparative Effectiveness Research, Patient Centered Outcomes Research, Quality of Care, MOS-HIV Health Survey

Dr. Wu has devoted his career to improving the experience of patients receiving health care, as well as their outcomes and safety. He has published widely in the areas of patient-reported outcomes research, with a focus on assessing patient-reported outcomes (PROs), and on the quality and safety of health care.  

  • Wu AW, Kharrazi H, Boulware LE, Snyder CF. Measure once, cut twice--adding
    patient-reported outcome measures to the electronic health record for comparative
    effectiveness research. J Clin Epidemiol. 2013 Aug;66(8 Suppl):S12-20. doi:
    10.1016/j.jclinepi.2013.04.005. PubMed PMID: 23849145; PubMed Central PMCID:
  • Snyder CF, Blackford AL, Wolff AC, Carducci MA, Herman JM, Wu AW;
    PatientViewpoint Scientific Advisory Board. Feasibility and value of
    PatientViewpoint: a web system for patient-reported outcomes assessment in
    clinical practice. Psychooncology. 2013 Apr;22(4):895-901. doi: 10.1002/pon.3087.
    Epub 2012 Apr 30. PubMed PMID: 22544513; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3415606.
  • Pratt S, Kenney L, Scott SD, Wu AW. How to develop a second victim support
    program: a toolkit for health care organizations. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf.
    2012 May;38(5):235-40, 193. PubMed PMID: 22649864.
  • Wu AW, Snyder C, Clancy CM, Steinwachs DM. Adding the patient perspective to
    comparative effectiveness research. Health Aff (Millwood). 2010
    Oct;29(10):1863-71. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2010.0660. PubMed PMID: 20921487.
  • Wu AW (editor). The value of close calls in improving patient safety: learning how to avoid and mitigate patient harm.  Joint Commission Resources, Oak Brook, IL, 2010.