Global Patient Safety Forum

The GPSF is a convening alliance with a mission to save lives, save money, and build value in the community it serves.  The Forum was expressly founded to make available important content that the collaborators want to share more broadly. This website is not intended to compete with any other initiative and will meet its objectives if collaborators and those interested in the topics share the information with their communities. There are no financial requirements of users of the site. Certain communities are private in order to protect those we serve and those who serve. Those we serve are patients and their families. Those who serve are the caregivers, administrators, researchers, educators, and staff in the healthcare industry.

Global Innovators Network

We are a global network of leaders from academia, industry, government, NGOs, philanthropy, and faith-based organizations who are collaborating on best practices in leadership of innovation. Spawned to meet the global needs of innovators in healthcare and patient safety, our work has expanded to multiple sectors with a focus on mentorship and development of great leaders. There is no specific commercial purpose of this website and no required financial relationship between the collaborators. No direct, indirect, or affiliated financial support of any type from the healthcare industry has funded this site or communities of practice served here. The information available through this website is entirely free.

Thomas Zeltner, MD 
Expert leader in Public Health
Chairman, WHO Foundation
President & Chairman Swiss Red Cross

Former Secretary of State for Health and Director-General
of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (1991-2009)

Bern, Switzerland

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Thomas Zeltner, MD, is an international expert leader in public health and health system development.  In 2023, he was elected by the Swiss Red Cross Assembly o serve the Swiss Red Cross as President and Chairman of the Swiss Red Cross Council.  He is the current Chairman of the WHO Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland. He provides input on global health issues to Med Tac and CareUniversity. He was a 2010 Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative of Harvard University. He is co-founder of the Global Patient Safety Forum, a convening organization of the world’s leading patient safety organizations, and has served as a Managing Editor of the Journal of Patient Safety.  Dr. Zeltner continues to provide great advice in the areas of public health and global health. His advisory support of international institutions of higher learning provide great insights as the Med Tac programs expand globally.

Dr. Zeltner advises international organizations and national governments in health policies and health policy reforms. He has served as Special Envoy in financing for WHO. In this capacity, he advised the Director General of WHO on the identification of an improved financing framework for the Organization. He served as Special Envoy of WHO, advising the Director General in critical areas of the current reform of this UN agency (how to cooperate with non-State actors such as NGOs and organizations in the private sector without compromising WHO’s integrity, and how to better align WHO’s priorities with the resources available to finance them). He is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Digital Health of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Dr. Zeltner is president of Blood Transfusion CRS Switzerland, the organization in charge of securing Switzerland’s provision with blood and blood products. He is a board member of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and President of Science-et-Cité. Since 1992, he has been Professor of Public Health at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

From 1991 to 2009, Dr. Zeltner was the Director-General of the Federal Office of Public Health of Switzerland, the National Health and Public Health Authority and Secretary of State for Health. In this function he was a key actor in Swiss health policy and represented Switzerland in many international health organizations.

He graduated with an MD and a master’s degree in law from the University of Bern. He holds a specialist degree in human pathology and forensic medicine.

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C. R. Denham, II, MD
CEO, HCC Global
Chairman, TMIT Global
Austin, TX, USA

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Dr. Denham is the co-founder of the Med Tac Certificate Program which his development team funded and produced. Together with Dr. Gregory Botz and Chief William Adcox of MD Anderson Cancer Center, the team are developing and testing the Med Tac innovations.  His focus in communities is on Bystander Care through Med Tac and his team is leading projects in healthcare institutions, institutions of higher learning, and schools – K-12.

During his career spanning 39 years, he and his organizations have served hundreds of innovation teams. While in practice as a radiation oncologist, he taught biomedical engineering and product development. He has taught innovation adoption, technology transfer, and commercialization in both academia and industry. He has been an adjunct Professor of Health Engineering at the Mayo Clinic Medical School and had teaching appointments as an Instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health and as a Lecturer with the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He was a Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow in 2009 and a Senior Fellow in 2010 and 2011. His work there led to the production of a series of global documentaries on the Discovery Channel. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the global Journal of Patient Safety, and has more than 100 works including peer-reviewed papers and multimedia productions. He has been ranked in the top 50 Most Influential Physician Executives by Modern Healthcare in multiple years and he has served as a regular columnist for the Wall Street Journal program The Experts: Journal Reports. He is an advisor to and collaborator with a number of Stanford University programs.  Dr. Denham is a PADI Certified Rescue Diver, BSA Certified Lifeguard, scout leader, and Stop the Bleed instructor with the American College of Surgeons program. He is a American Heart Association CPR/AED Instructor and has undertaken extensive wilderness first aid training with the American Red Cross. He has extensive aviation safety experience having been a private jet pilot, owned an aircraft manufacturing company with a global fleet, and operated air ambulance and charter services. Denham is a co-founder of the Global Emerging Threats Community of Practice launched with major Medical Centers and institutions of higher learning. He is one of the leaders of the Coronavirus Care Community of Practice for critical infrastructure worker families, medical centers, and families in the general public launched by the Med Tac Global Bystander Rescue program to deal with the Coronavirus crisis.

He founded HCC Global, a for-profit innovation incubator, and TMIT Global, a 501c3 Medical Research Organization, in the early ‘80s; the companies work collaboratively on common innovation programs. Dr. Denham funded and designed CareUniversity, our learning management system focused on continuing education of consumers and caregivers.  It is the delivery system for Med Tac.  Dr Denham’s current research and development work is in the area of Threat Safety Science focused on reducing preventable harm to families, caregivers, and institutions.  A special area of focus is caregiver harm and patient safety including insider threats such as fraud, insider threats, and outsider threats including workplace violence. His focus in communities is on Bystander Care through Med Tac and his team is leading projects in healthcare institutions, institutions of higher learning, and schools – K-12. The Med Tac Team are winners of the Pete Conrad Global Patient Safety Awards for co-founding Med Tac and their roles in pioneering the program for schools, colleges, churches, and scout groups.

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William Adcox, MBA
Chief of Police and Chief Security Officer
MD Anderson Cancer Center and
The University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston, TX, USA

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Chief William H. Adcox is a national leader in threat solutions development and threat safety science. It was his advisory input to the team that allowed them to expand their focus to the top seven causes of death of otherwise healthy people which is now the target of the Med Tac program. Without his mentorship, there would be no Med Tac program as it exists today. His continuous support of the Med Tac team is substantial, and he is a key contributor on national education programs and R&D with healthcare safety leaders.

The Med Tac Law Enforcement program has been pioneered by Chief Adcox at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. The Pete Conrad Global Patient Safety Award recognizes these individual contributions to the Med Tac Program and his leadership service to the team.  With 37 years in municipal and campus policing, he serves as the Chief of Police and CSO at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and The University of Texas Health Science Center. He has hundreds of team members keeping more than 20,000 caregivers, educators, and students safe. Chief Adcox holds an MBA degree from UTEP and is a graduate of the PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police and the Wharton School ASIS Program for Security Executives. He is the recipient of the IACLEA’s 2013 Award for Administrative Excellence and was named by Security Magazine as one of the “Most Influential People in Security 2013.” The agency received the IHSS Foundation’s prestigious 2015 Lindberg Bell Distinguished Program Award. Nationally, Chief Adcox received the Campus Safety 2015 Director of the Year Award in Healthcare; and locally he received the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s 2015 Leadership Award. He is a founder and health security lead for the Global Emerging Threats Community of Practice launched with major Medical Centers. Chief Adcox is the law enforcement and security lead for the Coronavirus Care Community of Practice for critical infrastructure worker families and families in the general public launched by the Med Tac Global Bystander Rescue program to deal with the Coronavirus crisis.  Chief Adcox serves regularly as a speaker and reactor during global webinar programs run by TMIT Global.

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Gregory H. Botz, MD, FCCM
Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Care
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA
Adjunct Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA, USA

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Gregory H. Botz, MD, FCCM, is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He inspired initial focus of the team on active shooter events, and it was his continuous inspiration that led to the development of Med Tac. It was also his inspiration and idea to develop the CARE Huddle Checklist. He is the lead clinical content expert for the Med Tac program. He is a recipient of The Pete Conrad Patient Safety Award, recognizing these individual contributions to the Med Tac Program and his leadership service to the team.

He received his medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Huntington Memorial Hospital, and then completed an anesthesiology residency followed by critical care medicine and medical simulation fellowships at Stanford University in California. He previously served on the faculty at Duke University School of Medicine.  Dr. Botz is a 2004 graduate of the Intermountain Healthcare Advanced Training Program in Health Care Delivery Improvement. He has served as the University of Texas Chancellor’s Health Fellow in Quality of Care and Patient Safety.  Dr. Botz was previously medical director of the ICU, Transfer Center, Acute Care Training Center, Simulation Center, Code Blue Team Operations and the Medical Emergency Rapid Intervention Team at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

As a clinician-educator, Dr. Botz serves as a national consultant for the Society of Critical Care Medicine Fundamentals training programs. He was a senior editor for the American Board of Anesthesiology Joint Council on Anesthesiology Examinations, program director for the UTHSC-Houston Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, Regional Faculty for the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care training programs and a member of The University of Texas System Health Care Components ICU Quality Improvement Collaborative. He has participated in SCCM education programs in collaboration with the Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine, the Saudi Critical Care Society, the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the Association of Intensive Medicine in Brazil (AMIB).

He is a founder and health security lead for the Global Emerging Threats Community of Practice launched with major Medical Centers. Dr. Botz is the clinical lead for the Coronavirus Care Community of Practice launched by the Med Tac Global Bystander Rescue program for critical infrastructure workers and families, as well as the general public, to deal with the Coronavirus Pandemic. Dr. Botz is a frequent speaker for TMIT Global and brings a wealth of real-time knowledge to our programs as a critical care doctor, safety expert, medical security expert, and experience in best practices simulation.  Dr. Gregory Botz serves Med Tac as an uncompensated consultant and this relationship has been disclosed to MD Anderson’s Conflict of Interest Office.

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