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Paul B. Batalden, MD

Emeritus Professor of The Dartmouth Institute
Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics
Emeritus Professor of Community and Family Medicine

The Dartmouth Institute
Community and Family Medicine

Internship and Residency Department of Pediatrics
1967-1969 University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Graduate: University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, Minnesota
1963-1967 B.S., M.D.

Undergraduate: Augsburg College
Minneapolis, Minnesota
1959-1963 B.A., cum laude

The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice


Contact Information

Dartmouth Medical School
HB 7251
Healthcare Improvement Leadership Development
Hanover NH 03755

Office: Strasenburgh Hall
Phone: 603-650-6513
Fax: 603-650-6525
Email: paul.b.batalden@hitchcock.org

Assistant: Joy McAvoy
Asst. Phone: 603-650-6512
Asst. Email: joy.mcavoy@dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests

*Systems for managing the improvement of health and value of health care for a panel of patients.
*Systems for assessing the burden of illness in a defined population.
*Systems for assessing the degree to which health care workers can learn in their work setting.

Grant Information

(Batalden) 12/1/06-11/30/08
Toward stronger evidence in quality improvement: furthering the impact of publication guidelines
Role: Project Director

(Batalden/Splaine) 10/1/98-6/30/08
Department of Veterans Affairs
Development of a VA National Quality Scholars Program
Role: Program Co-Director

Courses Taught

Continual Improvement of Health Care: An Overview
Design & Improvement of Clinical Microsystems

Selected Publications


  • Nelson EC, Batalden PB, Godfrey MM. Quality By Design: A Clinical Microsystems Approach. Jossey-Bass, in press March 2007

  • Batalden PB, Nelson EC, Gardent PB, Godfrey MM. Leading the Macrosystem and Mesosystem for Microsystem Peak Performance. From Front Office to Front Line: Essential Issues for Health Care Leaders. Steven Berman (ed), Joint Commission On Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Oakbrook Terrace, IL, pp 1-40, 2005.

  • Davidoff F, Batalden PB. Toward stronger evidence on quality improvement. Draft publication guidelines: the beginning of a consensus project. Quality & Safety in Health Care, 14, 319-325, October 2005