Don Berwick is a pediatrician, executive and international leader of remarkable change. For over 30 years, he has dedicated his career to saving lives, strengthening communities, and setting and exceeding goals that were previously thought to be impossible. Now he is running for Governor because, as the public continues to lose faith in the ability of government to solve problems, this nation needs an example – a beacon – to show the rest of the nation that bold, progressive leadership truly can deliver for the people.

Don has called Massachusetts home for decades – first as a student, then as a pediatrician, a teacher, and a CEO. Don and his wife Ann live in the same Newton house where they raised their four children and now play with their three grandchildren.

Don followed in his father’s footsteps and became a pediatrician, graduating from Harvard Medical School and practicing at both Boston Children’s Hospital and the Harvard Community Health Plan (HCHP). At HCHP, he served primarily underprivileged kids from communities of color. He learned that caring for Massachusetts’ children also meant improving the hospitals, health systems, and communities that families depend on.

In 1991, with a small seed grant, he founded the non-profit Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and grew it to international stature. Today, IHI employs 150 people in Cambridge and operates on a $40 million annual budget. For nearly 20 years Don led projects and massive initiatives credited with saving hundreds of thousands of lives in the United States and around the world. The most famous of these, the 100,000 Lives Campaign, involved nearly every hospital in America.

During his tenure at IHI, Don was also a close advisor to the World Health Organization and many national leaders; in 2005, he was knighted by the Queen of England for his work making British health care more efficient.

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