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Sommer Scholars

Heon-Jae Jeong, MD, DrPH, MPH, MBA

  • Country of Origin: South Korea
  • DrPH '12, Health Policy and Management; MPH/MBA '08

Before he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, Heon-Jae Jeong’s father recommended the Bloomberg School program to his physician son. Jeong chose to postpone his enrollment as a Sommer Scholar to spend a year at his father’s bedside. “I think his death was the last thing he could do to set me free from the burden of staying with him and taking care of him,” he says. “My father wanted me to study at Hopkins more passionately than any other person.”

Since he was selected as a WHO patient safety scholar in 2007, Jeong has been working on improving quality and safety in medical care, with an emphasis on seeing the health care system from a patient’s perspective. “I stayed in a hospital taking care of my father for several months,” he says, “and the time in the hospital let me think of health care organization and its management more deeply.” Also, he authored a Korean national bestseller, “Hospital User’s Manual: 33 Safety Rules for Patients,” which led many Korean hospitals to develop patient engagement programs for safer care.

Through these works, he received the Korean Minister of Health and Welfare Award twice in 2005 and 2013, and the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association’s Outstanding Graduate Award in 2014. In addition, Jeong served as an Incident Management Faculty of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, and currently as the president of the Care Quality Research Group. He is working on various projects and research globally.

To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the South Korean health care system

Current Position

President and CEO | The Care Quality Research Group; Distinguished Advisor | Korea Institute for Healthcare Accreditation; Director | Korean Society for Patient Safety; International Society for Quality in Health Care Fellow; Editor-in-Chief | Biometrics & Biostatistics International Journal