Dr. Fairbanks is a recognized leader in patient safety, human factors engineering, and medical simulation. His expertise centers on the application of system safety engineering methods in healthcare. In 2010, he founded the National Center for Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare, part of MedStar Health’s MedStar Institute for Innovation in Washington, D.C. A former paramedic and EMS medical director, Dr. Fairbanks practices emergency medicine at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Prior to joining MedStar, Dr. Fairbanks served as the director of Patient Safety Research at the Simulation Center for Medical Education and Patient Safety Research at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He has received multiple grants and contracts for simulation-based work and patient safety research from the NIH, AHRQ, the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation (EMPSF) and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM). He is also an associate professor of Emergency Medicine at Georgetown University, adjunct associate professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Buffalo, and practices emergency medicine at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. A 2008 graduate of the HRET/NPSF Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship, Dr. Fairbanks has been published in over 100 journal articles, book chapters and proceedings papers in human factors engineering and medical literature.