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Susan Moffatt-Bruce - Consulate General of Canada (CTA Boston). Boston, MA, US

Susan Moffatt-Bruce

President: Lahey Hospital and Medical Center | Beth Israel Lahey Health


Susan Moffatt-Bruce leads LHMC, known for its innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment, and leading-edge research.



As President of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center (LHMC), Dr. Susan Moffatt-Bruce leads the 344-bed academic medical center known for its innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment, and leading-edge research. LHMC is a national leader in several health care areas, including spine surgery, stroke, weight management and lung screenings, among many others.

Dr. Moffatt-Bruce joined LHMC in March 2023. Most recently, she served as chief executive officer of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, a national professional association committed to excellence in medical education and the advancement of learning for specialty physicians. She concurrently served as chief executive officer of Royal College International and was a faculty member of the Department of Surgery and a professor at the University of Ottawa. Previously, she led University Hospital, a 700-bed academic medical center and flagship patient care facility of The Ohio State University (OSU) Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that, she was OSU Wexner Medical Center’s inaugural chief quality and patient safety officer.

Dr. Moffatt-Bruce earned her bachelor’s degree at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and completed medical school and her residency in general surgery at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She undertook a PhD in transplant immunology at the University of Cambridge, England, and completed her Cardiothoracic Surgery fellowship at Stanford University, California. She earned her Master of Business Operational Excellence and her Executive Master of Business Administration at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. She is currently a Professor of Surgery at UMass Chan School of Medicine.

Industry Expertise (3)

Health Care - Facilities

Health Care - Providers

Advanced Medical Equipment

Areas of Expertise (4)

Thoracic Surgery

Cardiac Surgery

Transplantation Surgery

Quality and Patient Safety

Education (5)

The Ohio State University: MBOE, Operational Excellence

University of Cambridge: Ph.D., Transplantation Immunology 1999

McGill University: B.Sc., Biochemistry 1990

Dalhousie University: M.D. 1994

Standford University: Fellowship in, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Transplantation






Dr. Susan Moffatt-Bruce on the Science and Culture of Continuous Improvement Strategies for Surgeons to Prevent Burnout


Affiliations (7)

  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • American Society of Transplantation
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Cambridge Commonwealth Society : Fellow
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • The Transplantation Society (World)
  • University Health Consortium

Accomplishments (3)

Learning Health System Pioneer Research Award, Association of American Medical Colleges (professional)


James IV Traveling FellowshipJames IV Traveling Fellowship (professional)


AHRQ P30 Program Project Grant (professional)

Issued by Institute for the Design of Environments Aligned to Patient Safety (2015-2020)

Selected Media Appearances (7)

Susan Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD, Joins Lahey Hospital & Medical Center as President

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center  online


“I am honored to join an organization filled with talented, esteemed colleagues who put patients first,” said Moffatt-Bruce. “I look forward to building partnerships across the medical center and beyond to continue Lahey’s reputation of excellence in patient care, innovation and learning.”

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Hospitals battle 'alarm fatigue'

The Columbus Dispatch  online


“Practitioners and nurses probably monitor patients more often than they actually need to,” said Dr. Susan Moffatt-Bruce, chief quality and patient-safety officer for Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

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STS/SCA/AmSECT/SABM Update to the Clinical Practice Guidelines on Patient Blood Management

The journal of extra-corporeal technology  online


The concept of patient blood management informs the recommendations in this document and stresses the importance of an evidence-based, multimodal, and multidisciplinary approach to not just conserving blood resources but also optimizing outcomes in patients at high risk for transfusion. The individual recommendations are meant to be conceived of as part of an all-inclusive protocol-based and shared decision-making approach rather than isolated interventions to reduce blood loss and transfusion. Because standards for clinical practice guidelines have evolved since 2011, the authors were tasked with prioritizing topics for systematic review, while still aiming for the comprehensive approach of previous versions of this article. These high-priority topics make up the bulk of this article and resulted in 23 new or updated recommendations.

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Competency-based training: Canadian cardiothoracic surgery

Journal for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery  online


In Canada, training is different than in the United States, in that the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Canada (Royal College) sets the standards for program accreditation, residency training, examinations, and the maintenance of certifications for all 69 medical and surgical specialties.

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Mentorship Effectiveness: This Is Our Responsibility

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery  online


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Search for Meaningful Use of Patient-Reported Outcomes in Thoracic Surgery

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery  online


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Our New Reality of Public Reporting: Shame Rather Than Blame?

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery  online


The number of organizations issuing reports on hospital and physician quality performance has increased markedly over the past decade. Differences in the measures, data sources, and scoring methodologies produce contradictory results that lead to confusion for the public, providers, and governing boards, and impair the public’s ability to make well-informed choices about health care providers. This variability continues today and points to concerns about validity and the ultimate reliability of the measures used by these groups. The hospital community and surgeons as a whole support the principle of accountability through public reporting of health care performance data. However, performance data that are inappropriately collected, analyzed, and displayed may add more confusion than clarity to the health care quality question. For data to be understood and for results to be comparable, publicly reported data should adhere to a set of guiding principles. With that goal in mind, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) convened a panel of experts in 2012 and 2013 to develop a set of guiding principles that can be used to evaluate quality reports. The principles were organized into three broad categories: purpose, transparency, and validity.

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Selected Articles (3)

Human Factors and Human Nature in Cardiothoracic Surgery

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery


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Our New Reality of Public Reporting: Shame Rather Than Blame?

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery


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Patient Safety Errors: Leveraging Health Information Technology to Facilitate Patient Reporting

Journal for Healthcare Quality


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