Chief Quality and Value Officer
George Blike, MD, Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Chief Quality and Value Officer, joined the leadership team in July 2012. In this role, he is responsible for the quality, safety and value initiatives of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock system.
Dr. Blike is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and of the University of Cincinnati Medical College. While a student he worked at the National Institute of Health (NIH) pain and neurobiology section in research as a visiting scholar. Dr. Blike completed a preliminary residency year in medicine at Hartford Hospital and residency in Anesthesiology at Yale New Haven Hospital. During residency, he became engaged in human factors research and has been an active member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society since 1990. After residency, he joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock as a member of the Anesthesiology Division, with a clinical focus on High Risk Obstetric Anesthesia, Cardiac Anesthesia and Pediatric Procedural Sedation. In addition, Dr. Blike served as Faculty for the first Institute for Healthcare Improvement Collaborative on Patient Safety commissioned by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dr. Blike is a Professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Community & Family Medicine. Dr. Blike's research and clinical practice career has been devoted to creating patient safety despite the complexity of modern health care and he has performed collaborative systems research to improve the safety of pediatric procedural sedation and reduce the risk of pain management in the hospital. He has published extensively on topics related to quality in health care and regularly presents to national and international audiences. His many professional associations include board membership in the Foundation for Anesthesia Education Research, acting President of the Society for Technology in Anesthesiology, a founding member of the International Society for Medical Simulation, and member of the Research Committee of the National Patient Safety Foundation. He participates as a member of a national advisory panel on payment innovation convened by Wellpoint. Dr. Blike is also Medical Director of the Patient Safety Training Center at D-H and a 2008 recipient of the James W. Varnum Quality Health care Award.