Janet Corrigan, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Chief Program Officer, Patient Care


Janet Corrigan leads the foundation’s Patient Care Program.

Janet Corrigan, Ph.D., M.B.A.


A veteran of health quality and policy, she brings extensive expertise in the development and management of complex organizations and multi-stakeholder initiatives as well as deep knowledge of health system redesign. For over 30 years, Janet has held leadership positions at national and community levels and has made significant contributions in the areas of patient safety, quality improvement, performance measurement, public reporting and value-based payment.

Previously, Janet led the National Quality Forum (NQF) as president and chief executive officer from 2006 to 2012. Her tenure at NQF was marked by significant enhancement in the organization’s standard-setting program for performance measures, widely recognized as the “gold standard.” Under her leadership, NQF established two multi-stakeholder partnerships that serve in a consultative capacity to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The partnerships are crucial in setting national priorities for improvement and in selecting measures for use in payment and public reporting programs; ultimately ensuring that regulatory processes are informed upstream by all stakeholders impacted by their decisions.

Prior to joining NQF, Dr. Corrigan was senior board director at the Institute of Medicine, now the National Academy of Medicine, where she helped spearhead efforts to produce a series of groundbreaking reports, including “To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System,” which brought to light the widespread impact of adverse events within health care. Additionally, “Crossing the Quality Chasm,” that called for fundamental reform of the health care system.

Janet began her studies at University of Syracuse receiving a bachelor of arts in social services and community organization. She later received her Ph.D. in health services and organization policy from University of Michigan where she also received a master’s degree in industrial and operations engineering. From the University of Rochester, Janet received both a master’s degree in community health and a master of business administration.


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