Matthew Weinger, MD

Department of Anesthesiology
Director, Center Research Innovation Systems Safety
Department of Research Innovation Systems Safety
Department of Biomedical Informatics
2301 VUH, 7115

Dr. Weinger holds the Norman Ty Smith Chair in Patient Safety and Medical Simulation and is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Biomedical Informatics, and Medical Education at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Risk and Reliability) in the School of Engineering. He is the Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Research and Innovation in Systems Safety (CRISS), a nationally recognized leader in human factors engineering in healthcare.

Dr. Weinger has been teaching and conducting research in human factors engineering and human-centered design in healthcare, clinical informatics, decision making, patient safety, and healthcare simulation for three decades. His current interests are in the design and implementation of technology that improves the ability of clinicians and patients to enhance individual and population health. Dr. Weinger has more than 200 publications and had an active role in more than 50 grants & contracts (including 14 as PI). A strong advocate for training and mentoring, he has mentored 22 post-doctoral fellows, 81 pre-doctoral students, and numerous junior faculty.

He received the 2020 A. R. Lauer Safety Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES); he was the first physician Fellow of that society. He is a member of the Board on Human-Systems Integration (BOHSI) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

He received a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a Master’s degree in Biology (neurosciences) from Stanford University in 1978. He completed his MD degree at the University of California–San Diego in 1982 and did his anesthesiology residency training at the University of California–San Francisco.