Dr. Berenholtz is a practicing anesthesiologist and critical care physician, a patient safety researcher and leader.  He is a Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Surgery in the School of Medicine, and Health Policy and Management in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins.  Dr. Berenholtz is core senior faculty for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Dr. Berenholtz holds a Master’s degree in clinical investigation from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Berenholtz has authored more than 100 articles and chapters in the fields of patient safety, ICU care, quality health care and evidence-based medicine. He has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on more than a dozen grants or contracts to develop, implement and evaluate patient safety improvement efforts, including the successful AHRQ funded Keystone ICU project, National On The Cusp: Stop BSI project, Surgical Unit-Based Safety Program (SUSP), and National Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) for Ventilator-Associated Conditions and Ventilator- Associated Pneumonia Prevention. He has served on several AHRQ, CMS, and World Health Organization technical expert panels related to improving patient safety and quality of care.

Professional Activities

  • American Medical Association
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • American Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Faculty, Critical Care Congress, Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2002–present
  • Faculty, American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, 2002–present
  • Adult MCCKAP Committee, Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2002–present

Selected Publications

  1. Haut ER, Noll K, Efron DT, Cornwell EE,  Berenholtz SM, Pronovost PJ. Can increased incidence of deep vein thrombosis be used as a marker of quality of care in the absence of standardized screening? J Trauma 63:1132–7, 2007.
  2. Winters BD, Berenholtz SM, Pronovost P. Improving patient safety reporting systems. Crit Care Med 35(4):1206–7, 2007.
  3. Berenholtz SM, Pronovost PJ, Ngo K, Barie PS, Hitt J, Kuti JL, Septimus E, Lawler N, Schilling L, Dorman T, Core Sepsis Measurement Team. Developing quality measures for sepsis care in the ICU.  Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 33(9):559–68, 2007.
  4. Berenholtz SM, Pustavoitau A, Schwartz SJ, Pronovost PJ. How safe is my intensive care unit? Methods for monitoring and measurement. Curr Opin Crit Care 13(6):703–8, 2007.
  5. Pronovost PJ, Berenholtz SM, Needham DM. A framework for health care organizations to develop and evaluate a safety scorecard. JAMA 298(17):2063–5, 2007
  6. Pronovost PJ, Goeschel C, Marsteller J, Sexton JB, Pham JC, Berenholtz SM. A framework for patient safety research and improvement. Circulation 119(2):330–7, 2009.


  • Richard L. Keenan Scholarship for research in anesthesiology (1992, 1993)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (1993)
  • Richard H. Kirkland Scholarship for academic excellence (1993, 1994)
  • A.H. Robbins Scholarship for academic excellence (1993)
  • Outstanding dedication to Multidisciplinary Critical Care Fellowship (Teaching) (2000)
  • Clinician-Scientist Award (2000, 2001)
  • Fellow, American College of Critical Care Medicine (2005)