Rollin J. (Terry) Fairbanks, MD, MS, FACEP
Director, National Center for Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare (NCHFEH)
MedStar Institute for Innovation
Rollin J. (Terry) Fairbanks, MD, MS, FACEP, joined the MedStar Health System and the MedStar Georgetown University Department of Emergency Medicine in 2010 to establish the National Center for Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare. This Center is part of the MedStar Institute for Innovation, in association with the MedStar Health Research Institute.
Dr. Fairbanks is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Georgetown University, and an attending Emergency Physician at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University at Buffalo, as well as at the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.
Terry holds an advanced degree in human factors engineering/industrial systems engineering from Virginia Tech and uses this background to apply safety engineering techniques and research methodology to medical systems. He has received funding for patient safety-related research from the NIH, AHRQ, industry, and several foundations including the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. He is currently funded by an NIH K08 Research Career Development Award from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and BioEngineering.
Terry is a 2008 graduate of the HRET/NPSF Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship, and serves on national patient safety committees and advisory groups. He regularly presents his research and delivers lectures at national and international meetings, has served as an expert witness in patient safety/Human Factors Engineering cases, and as a consultant. Terry has published over 70 journal articles, book chapters, and proceedings papers in the human factors engineering and medical literature.