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Verna Gibbs, MD
2014 Patient Safety First Education Programs Breakout Speaker

Retained Sponges, Towels, SMIs, and UDFs: Understanding Failure Modes Generates Behavior Change

Dr. Gibbs moved to San Francisco in 1979 after completion of her BA degree from Harvard University and her MD degree from Duke University Medical School. She completed her residency in General Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 1984 and continued her clinical training in renal transplantation with a fellowship at the California-Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Under the auspices of the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program she did a molecular biology fellowship at Genentech Inc., South San Francisco which she completed in 1989. She then joined the faculty in the Department of Surgery at UCSF where she is currently a Professor in Clinical Surgery.

In 2000, Dr. Gibbs shifted her 10-year research interest from the molecular interactions of the interferon receptor system to areas in health services, quality improvement and patient safety. She is currently engaged in studies examining issues in surgical patient safety, quality improvement and error analysis. In October 2004 she started this surgical patient safety project.