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Howard Newstadt


Howard Newstadt serves as a Sr Director for the Patient Safety Authority. In that leadership role, he develops and implements systems, compliance and patient safety policy for all licensed acute care and nursing home facilities in the Commonwealth pursuant to Pennsylvania’s Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Errors Act of 2002 (MCARE). He is a graduate of Dickinson College (BA, English), Pitt Law (JD), and Penn State’s Smeal College of Business Administration (MBA). While at Pitt Law School, he studied Health and Hospital Law. He was also a member of the Harvard Graduate Poetry Workshop and a director of the Yale Center for Advanced Instructional Media. He worked in private practice before holding positions at IBM Corporation, Yale University School of Medicine, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of the United States. In his position with the Patient Safety Authority, he is a leader committed to improving the quality of healthcare in Pennsylvania by collecting and analyzing patient safety information, developing solutions to patient safety issues, and sharing this information through education and collaboration. Supporting the Authority’s vision of Safe Healthcare for All Patients, his work includes developing systems to collect, analyze, and learn from the over 3.4 million events stored in the nation’s largest mandatory reporting patient safety database. He looks forward to returning to Pitt to share his experience, skill sets and knowledge.