Robert Wachter


Renowned UCSF internist, author and patient advocate Bob Wachter shares his struggle to balance patient empowerment with patient safety in the digital age.


Renowned UCSF internist, founder of the hospitalist movement, and former chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Bob Wachter is a national leader in the fields of patient safety and healthcare quality. He is well known for his iconoclastic  and humorous — viewpoints on the pressing healthcare issues of the day, including the role of patients and physicians in medical care. Author of six books, his most recent, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age, has received wide acclaim and has been a New York Times bestseller. In 2004 he received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation’s top honor in patient safety and quality.


Review: ‘The Digital Doctor’ by Robert Wachter Weighs Medicine’s
Technological Transformation

Zuger A. New York Times. 2015.                

The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age
Wachter R. McGraw Hill Education. 2015. 

Understanding Patient Safety
Wachter R. McGraw Hill Education. 2012.

Internal Bleeding: The Truth Behind America's Terrifying Epidemic of Medical Mistakes
Wachter R. Rugged Land. 2005.

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Iconoclastic Doctor