Raj Ratwani, PhD


As Director of the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, Dr. Ratwani applies human factors and cognitive science theories to challenging healthcare problems to develop innovative solutions. Dr. Ratwani is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Georgetown University in addition to his role with the Human Factors Center. He holds a master’s and PhD in psychology, with a focus on human factors, from George Mason University. He was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory where he received the Alan Berman publication award. Dr. Ratwani has extensive experience planning, managing and executing large-scale research programs.

In addition, he has made major contributions to healthcare policy, with a focus on health information technology usability and safety. His research areas of interest include patient safety report analysis and visualization, health information technology usability, and clinician cognitive performance (e.g. perception of diagnostic images, interruptions etc.). His work has been sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), as well as several foundations and associations. He has published numerous high impact journal articles, testified in front of the U.S. Senate, and has given several widely attended speeches and presentations.