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Zenilman to Lead Bayview’s Armstrong Institute

Jonathan Zenilman, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, was recently selected to direct the expansion of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality on the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus. The new location will help further the institute's mission to eliminate preventable harm, improve patient outcomes and experiences and reduce waste in health care.

Full announcement from Hopkins leadership:

At the core of our work to improve patient safety and quality of care is the conviction that every employee must be engaged in this work to be successful. We believe in tapping the expertise of those who know their institution, their department or their clinical area best, and then connecting them with resources to succeed.

It is with this understanding that we are excited to announce the expansion of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality to the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus. Directed by epidemiologist Jonathan Zenilman, M.D., this new location will support and strengthen the community of clinicians, researchers and administrators there who are focused on the Armstrong Institute mission: eliminating preventable harm, improving patient outcomes and experiences, and reducing waste in health care. They will do so in a way that leverages Johns Hopkins Bayview’s strengths as an academic medical center with a strong and diverse community presence, tackling the challenges to improve safety, quality and value to their patients and institution.

The faculty, staff and residents at Johns Hopkins Bayview are already engaged in innovative patient safety and quality improvement initiatives. The new Armstrong Institute location will help to unify and coordinate those efforts across clinical departments, nursing and hospital administration.

Other goals of the new location include:

  • Creating an innovation hub and incubator for quality and safety projects, and funding those projects via seed grants
  • Further integrating the Johns Hopkins Bayview community with the resources and training opportunities of the Armstrong Institute
  • Increasing the pace and flow of innovations from Johns Hopkins Bayview to the Armstrong Institute and Johns Hopkins Medicine

Dr. Zenilman, who joined Johns Hopkins in 1989 and has worked at Johns Hopkins Bayview since 2003, has a long track record as a patient safety champion working across settings and disciplines to redesign health care delivery processes, such as hospital discharge. Reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections, implementing antibiotic stewardship programs, and developing interventions to reduce infections in burn patients are among the efforts he has spearheaded. His institutional knowledge and ability to work across disciplines make him an ideal leader for this effort.

To learn more about the Armstrong Institute on the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus, visit


Peter J. Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
Senior Vice President, Patient Safety and Quality
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Richard G. Bennett, M.D.
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

David B. Hellmann, M.D.
Vice Dean
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center


Kelsey Bennett