Eric Thomas is Director of the UT Houston-Memorial Hermann Center for Healthcare Quality and Safety and is Associate Dean for Healthcare Quality. Since 1992 he has conducted research on patient safety and his work was heavily cited in the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report on medical error. Dr. Thomas’ current research focuses on diagnostic errors, measuring safety culture, measuring and improving teamwork, and the use of health information technology to improve quality and safety. In 2007 he received the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Research from the national Quality Forum and Joint Commission. Dr. Thomas is a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians.