“To Err Is Human: A Patient Safety Documentary” Screening and Panel Discussion

“To Err Is Human: A Patient Safety Documentary” Screening and Panel Discussion

This event is free, but please register. 

A new film documentary about patient safety directed by Michael Eisenberg, the son of the late Dr. John M. Eisenberg, will be screened at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics on April 20. The feature-length "To Err is Human" is an in-depth exploration of medical mistakes and preventable deaths and those professionals working quietly behind the scenes to create a new age of patient safety. The issue of patient safety was a top priority for the elder Eisenberg, an LDI Senior Fellow who spent the first 20 years of his medical career at Penn before moving on to become the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The younger Eisenberg's new documentary revisits the present-day issue through interviews with leaders in healthcare, footage of real-world efforts leading to safer care, and one family's compelling journey from victim to empowerment. The film provides a unique look at the national healthcare system's ongoing fight against preventable harm.

Michael Eisenberg is Creative Director at Tall Tale Productions, a Chicago-based film studio.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion:


  • Lee Fleisher, MD, Professor and Chair, Anesthesia and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine


  • J. Sanford (Sandy) Schwartz, MD, Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine 
  • Regina Cunningham, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Helen Burstin, MD, MPH, FACP Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS)
  • Patrick J. Brennan, MD, Chief Medical Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System