Introducing new Chief Quality Officer Brook Watts, M.D., M.S.

September 12, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership,

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Key takeaways:

  • Brook Watts, M.D., M.S., recently began her tenure as the new chief quality officer at U-M Health.
  • Watts will help continue the organization’s focus on BASE strategic priorities and improved patient outcomes.
  • Her work will include leading the safety and quality initiatives that support Michigan Medicine’s journey to become a highly reliable organization.

U-M Health is excited to welcome a new leader within the Quality Department — Brook Watts, M.D., M.S., who began her tenure last week as the new chief quality officer. Her appointment follows in the footsteps of Steven Bernstein, M.D., M.P.H., whose term ended in December 2021.

With more than 20 years of involvement in quality work, Watts will help continue the organization’s focus on BASE strategic priorities and improved patient outcomes. She will lead the safety and quality initiatives that support Michigan Medicine’s journey to become a highly reliable organization.

Most recently, she served as the senior vice president for quality and chief medical officer, Community & Public Health, at the MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Ohio. Her other professional experience includes the leadership roles of chief quality officer and chief health informatics officer at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland.

Watts received her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and her Master of Science in Health Policy from Case Western Reserve University. She was also a staff member at Case Western Reserve, serving as a professor in the Department of Medicine. 

No stranger to the Ann Arbor area, Watts completed her residency in internal medicine at U-M in 2004. In addition, she completed a two-year National Health Quality Scholars Fellowship at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Cleveland. 

Among her honors and awards, Watts has received a Humanism in Medicine Award from The Health Care Foundation of New Jersey and a Wings of Excellence award for Outstanding Service from the Federal Executive Board of Cleveland. She is also a member of the editorial board for the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

In addition to the CQO position, Watts will begin her faculty appointment on Nov. 1, 2022, with the Division of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Please welcome Watts to her new role at Michigan Medicine!

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