Patrick Kneeland, M.D.

“Reconnecting to the human element of medicine enables clinicians to make the best diagnostic and treatment decisions. It also helps us as clinicians reconnect to our own professional purpose.”

For Patrick Kneeland, M.D., building resilience and restoring joy in medicine are life missions. In addition to his work with The Institute for Healthcare Excellence (IHE), Dr. Kneeland is Executive Medical Director for Patient and Provider Experience at University of Colorado Hospital and Clinics. In this role, he develops and promotes organizational strategies and improvement efforts that enhance interaction and engagement for patients and clinicians.

Dr. Kneeland has led UCHealth’s partnership with a national network of the leaders of top-performing U.S. healthcare systems to discover and exchange best practices around patient experience.

He also serves as Director of Quality, Patient Safety, and Patient Experience for the Hospital Medicine Group at UCHealth and is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Efficiency (IHQSE), where he facilitates the improvement of patient safety, patient experience, and the development of optimal professional work environments.

Before returning to Colorado in 2013, he practiced hospital medicine and led patient safety initiatives at the Providence Regional Medical Center near Seattle, Washington.

After completing residency in internal medicine at the University of California – San Francisco, Dr. Kneeland completed a fellowship in Academic Hospital Medicine where he focused on transformation of clinical delivery systems and the role of culture in improving patient safety. He subsequently completed a health systems leadership fellowship through the Institute for Physician Leadership at the Center for the Health Professions in San Francisco, CA. He is a certified Patient Safety Officer.

In his free time, Dr. Kneeland enjoys time with his family, live music and art. You can follow Dr. Kneeland on Twitter @PatrickKneeland.