Allan Frankel, MD

Managing Partner

In 1985 I finished an Anesthesia residency to embark on a journey in clinical care. Subsequently, many in healthcare became acutely concerned that the complexity of care combined with human fallibility created unacceptable risk, and I happened to be in the forefront of that awakening. My focus on taking care of one patient at a time became an intense interest in improving the reliability of care for many. This work has taken me to health systems worldwide, in the UK, the USA, in Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Singapore and New Zealand. I have worked in The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Partners Healthcare in Boston, and with many exceptional individuals. Michael Leonard and I have studied and identified the essential components of great organizational and clinical leaders and selected and simplified the exceptionally important elements of teamwork. We have also had great success in putting into place the practical tools necessary to engender dignity and respect in pursuit of continuous improvement. In institutions small and large, we have built a new generation of learning environments capable of coping with complexity and unending demands. We have achieved positive cultural and clinical change and documented them in 3 books and numerous academic journals. We plan to build on our experience and continuously apply what we have learned – in service to patients and the extraordinary people who care for them everyday.



  • Founder and Co-Chief Medical Officer – Pascal Metrics Inc. 2007 – 9/2013
  • Co-Founder, Consultant and Patient Safety Expert – Safe and Reliable Healthcare LLP, 2006 – 2007
  • Director of Patient Safety, Member Brigham and Women’s Center for Patient Safety Research – Partners Healthcare, Boston.  2000 – 2007
  • Co-Chair Adverse Drug Event and Quantum Leaps Patient Safety Collaboratives, Inventor of WalkRounds, UK Safer Patients Initiatives, Scotland Patient Safety Program, Founding Faculty for the Patient Safety Officer Executive Development Program, IHI Open School – Institute for Healthcare Improvement 1998 – present
  • Founding Member Commonwealth Anesthesia Associates, Practicing Anesthesiologist, Medication Safety Officer, Assistant Professor Tufts U. School of Medicine – Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA 1991 – 2006
  • Staff and Cardiac Anesthesiologist, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston 1986 – 1991
  • Boston, Massachusetts Medical Training:  Medical Intern – Jamaica Plains Veterans Administration Hospital 1982-1983; Anesthesia Resident – Beth Israel Hospital 1983 – 1985; Pediatric Anesthesia Fellow – Children’s Hospital 1985-1986
  • Doctor of Medicine – Boston University Medical Center 1978-1982