Pat Croskerry is Professor in Emergency Medicine and in the Division of Medical Education at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In addition to his medical training, he holds a doctorate in Experimental Psychology and Fellowship in Clinical Psychology. He has worked in the area of Patient Safety for the last 15 years and has given over 500 talks on the topic at local, national and international levels. In 2006 he received the Ruedy award from the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada for innovation in medical education, and in the same year was appointed to the Board of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.
His research is principally concerned with clinical decision-making, especially the processes that lead to diagnostic failure. He was a member of the organising committee of the first conference on Diagnostic Error in Phoenix, Arizona in 2008 and on the Los Angeles conference in 2009. He has contributed at each national conference since. He has published over 80 journal articles and 30 book chapters in the area of patient safety, clinical decision making, and medical education reform. He is senior editor on a major text Patient Safety in Emergency Medicine published in 2009, and senior author of Diagnosis due out in 2016. He was appointed Director of the new Critical Thinking Program at Dalhousie Medical School, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2012. In 2014, he was appointed to the US Institute of Medicine Committee on Diagnostic Error in Medicine.