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Brent James is known internationally for his work in clinical quality improvement, patient safety, and the infrastructure that underlies successful improvement efforts, such as culture change, data systems, payment methods, and management roles. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine) and is a Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives and holds faculty appointments at several universities:

 Clinical Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine (Medicine)

 Visiting Lecturer, Harvard School of Public Health (Health Policy and Management)

 Adjunct Professor, University of Utah David Eccles School of Business

 Adjunct Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine (Family Medicine; Biomedical Informatics)

 

He is presently a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Boston, MA; a Senior Advisor at the Leavitt Group, Salt Lake City, UT; and a Senior Advisor at Health Catalyst, Salt Lake City, UT. He was formerly Chief Quality Officer, and Executive Director, Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research at Intermountain Healthcare, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. He serves on several non-profit boards of trustees dedicated to clinical improvement and patient safety