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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 1988, 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 leads the Armstrong Institute center for measures of quality of care and patient safety.

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, 2013

Ernest Lyman Stebbins Medal. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2016

  • Patient Safety
  • Second Victim
  • Disclosure
  • Incident Reporting
  • Near Miss
  • Quality of Life
  • Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • Patient Centered Outcomes Research
  • Quality of Care
  • MOS-HIV Health Survey
  • Community Based Participatory Research

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;
  • Jensen RE, Snyder CF, Basch E, Frank L, Wu AW. All together now: findings from a PCORI workshop to align patient-reported outcomes in the electronic health record. J Comp Eff Res. 2016 Sep 2:0. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27586855.
  • Edrees H, Connors C, Paine L, Norvell M, Taylor H, Wu AW. Implementing the RISE second victim support programme at the Johns Hopkins Hospital: a case study. BMJ Open. 2016 Sep 30;6(9) :e011708. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011708. PubMed PMID: 27694486;
  • 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.