Rosemary Gibson

Award-Winning Author and Authority on Health Care Reform, Medicare, Patient Safety and Overtreatment

Rosemary Gibson Fee Range
$10,001 to $20,000
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Travels From
Virginia, United States

Rosemary Gibson Speaker Biography

Award-Winning Author and Authority on Health Care Reform, Medicare, Patient Safety and Overtreatment

Healthcare reform keynote speaker Rosemary Gibson is senior advisor at the Hastings Center in New York and author of China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine. Ms. Gibson has testified before the House and Senate in the U.S. Congress, briefs senior government officials, and advises industry leaders on the public health security implications.


Ms. Gibson received the highest honor from the American Medical Writers Association for her outstanding contributions to the public’s interest in reporting on critical health care issues. In 2019 she received the Pinnacle Award from the Americans Pharmacists Association Foundation.

Palliative Care

At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, Ms. Gibson was chief architect of its 12-year $250 million national strategy to establish palliative care in the nation’s hospitals. Today, more than 1800 hospitals have a palliative care program, an increase from about 10 in the 1990s. Ms. Gibson worked with Bill Moyers on the PBS documentary, “On Our Own Terms.” She is recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. While at the Foundation, Ms. Gibson led national quality improvement and patient safety initiatives working in partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. She funded the first rapid response systems in two hundred hospitals, among other safety innovations.

Patient Safety

Ms. Gibson served as 2019 Co-Chair of the IHI National Patient Safety Congress and will do so again in 2020. She is on the board of the MedStar Institute for Quality and Patient Safety and serves as faculty for a four-day summer immersion program in patient safety for medical and nursing students and residents, the Academy of Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety: The Telluride Experience, which has graduated more than 1300 students and residents.


She served as an editor at JAMA Internal Medicine and board member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. She also served for six years on the inaugural ACGME CLER Evaluation Committee to advance patient safety in teaching hospitals and other clinical learning environments.


Her first book, Wall of Silence, puts a human face on the Institute of Medicine report, To Err is Human. Treatment Trap, Battle Over Health Care, and Medicare Meltdown chronicle the behind-the-scenes forces that shape health care today.


She has given grand rounds and patient safety presentations at hundreds of hospitals; keynoted meetings of the National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission, AONE, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Federation of State Medical Boards, National Summit on Overuse held by The Joint Commission and AMA, Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Joint Commission of Pharmacy Practitioners, among others. She has been faculty for the Dartmouth Summer Symposium on Quality Improvement and was its 2013 “wizard.” She received the Lewis Blackman Patient Safety Award from the South Carolina Hospital Association.


Ms. Gibson has been quoted in the Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Hill, Bloomberg Law, CNBC, Washington Times, U.S. News and World Report, Detroit News, Des Moines Register,, Deseret News, Military Officer, among others. She has appeared on NBC Nightly News, CBS Morning News, Fox News, Fox Business News, Ingraham Angle, NPR Innovation Hub, C-Span Washington Week, the Ralph Nader Radio Hour, among other media venues.


She is a graduate of Georgetown University and has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.


Rosemary Gibson Speaking Topics

Hot Topics on the Affordable Care Act

Healthcare expert and advisor, Rosemary Gibson can customize her presentation to your organization's event and provide answers to these tough questions:
*The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act: what will be the fallout?
*It’s 2015 and the health insurance penalty kicks in – who pays and how much?
*A non-partisan, no-spin report card on the Affordable Care Act: what would it say?
*Why are so many Americans with health insurance paying more for health care?

Hot Topics on Medicare

Rosemary will tailor her keynote program to meet the needs of your group. Her most requested hot topics on Medicare include:
*Follow Medicare’s money: where it comes from, where it goes, and who is getting it?
*As Medicare turns 50 this year, can boomers and millennials count on it being there for them?
*The privatization of Medicare: the quiet revolution
*It’s your money and your life: five things to think about when making a medical decision

10 Steps to Affordable Health Care

High quality health care for all Americans is possible with the money we spend already. Follow the money and learn where the money comes from to pay for health care, who is getting it, what they are doing with it. Based on the book, The Treatment Trap.

Ensuring Safe, High Quality Medical Care in the 21st Century

More than 400,000 people succumb to medical mistakes and infections every year. Learn what can be done to make health care safer and better for us all -- and what you can do to avoid the top 5 causes of preventable health care harm. Based on the critically acclaimed book, Wall of Silence.

Medical Ethics: Sustaining High standards in Medicine for Generations: What Will It Take?

Medical Decision Making: Making a Good Medical Decision: Things to Think About

Rosemary Gibson Books

China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine
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Medicare Meltdown: How Wall Street and Washington are Ruining Medicare and How to Fix It
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The Battle Over Health Care: What Obama’s Reform Means for America’s Future
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The Treatment Trap: How the Overuse of Medical Care is Wrecking Your Health and What You Can Do to Prevent It
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Wall of Silence: The Untold Story of the Medical Mistakes That Kill and Injure Millions of Americans
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Recent Books

China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Medicine
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Medicare Meltdown: How Wall Street and Washington are Ruining Medicare and How to Fix It
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