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Allen Kachalia

Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management

Brigham & Women’s Hospital
75 Francis St
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Brief Biography

Allen Kachalia is a member of the faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School.  He is clinically active as an academic hospitalist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, regularly teaching and attending on the hospital wards with medical students and residents.  He is also a member of the BWH leadership team as the Chief Quality Officer and Vice President for Quality and Safety for the hospital.

Allen also has a law degree, and teaches and maintains research interest in legal issues in medicine, including malpractice system reform and disclosure, and how they relate to the quality and safety of medical care.

Clinical and Administrative Roles (BWH)

  • Chief Quality Officer and Vice President, Quality and Safety
  • Academic Hospitalist, BWH Hospitalist Service

Courses Taught (HSPH)

  • Law and Clinical Medicine

Post Graduate Training

  • 1999-2002, Internal Medicine Residency, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 2002-2003, Chief Medical Resident, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 2005, Clinical Effectiveness Program, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2009, Brigham Leadership Program, Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts


  • BS, 1993, Biochemistry and Business Economics, UCLA, Los Angeles, California
  • MD, 1999, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
  • JD, 1999, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Selected Publications

Mello MM, Studdert DS, Kachalia A.  The medical liability climate and prospects for reform. JAMA 2014;312(20):2146-55.

Kachalia A, Little A, Isavoran M, Crider L, Smith J.  Greatest impact of safe harbor rule may be to improve patient safety, not reduce liability claims paid by physicians. Heath Aff (Milwood) 2014;33(1) 59-66.

Kachalia A. Improving patient safety through transparency. N Engl J Med 2013; 369(18):1677-9.

Kachalia A, Mello MM.  Breast cancer screening: conflicting guidelines and medicolegal risk.  JAMA 2013;309(24):2555-6.

Kachalia A, Mello MM. New directions in medical liability reform. N Engl J Med 2011;364:  1564-72.

Szent-Gyorgyi LE, Coblyn J, Turchin A, Loscalzo J, Kachalia A. Building a departmental quality program: a patient-based and provider-led approach. Acad Med 2011;86:314-20.

Kachalia A, Kaufman SR, Boothman R, Anderson S, Welch K, Saint S, Rogers, MAM. Liability claims and costs before and after implementation of a medical error disclosure program. Ann Intern Med 2010;153:213-221.

Poon EG, Keohane CA, Yoon CS, Ditmore M, Bane A, Levtzion-Korach O, Moniz T, Rothschild JM, Kachalia A, Hayes J, Churchill WW, Lipsitz S, Whittemore AD, Bates DW, Gandhi TK. Effect of bar-code technology on the safety of medication administration. N Engl J Med 2010;362:1698-707.

Kachalia A, Mello MM, Brennan TA, Studdert DM. Beyond negligence: avoidability and medical injury compensation.  Soc Sci Med 2008;66:387-402.

Gandhi TK, Kachalia A, Thomas EJ, Puopolo AL, Yoon C, Brennan TA, Studdert DM. Missed and delayed diagnoses in the ambulatory setting: a study of closed malpractice claims. Ann Intern Med 2006;145:488-96.

Studdert DM, Mello MM, Gawande AA, Gandhi TK, Kachalia A, Yoon C, Puopolo AL, Brennan TA. Claims, errors, and compensation payments in medical malpractice litigation. N Engl J Med 2006;354:2024-33.

Kachalia A, Studdert DM. Professional liability issues in graduate medical education. JAMA  2004;292:1051-6.