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Dr. Ken Catchpole

Dr. Ken CatchpoleAdjunct Professor & SmartState Endowed Chair in Clinical Practice and Human Factors

Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina
167 Ashley Avenue, Suite 301
Charleston, SC, 29425

Phone: (843) 792-4955


BSc, Ergonomics with DPS
Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK - 1995

PhD, Psychology and Physiology
University of Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK - 1999

Research Areas (*denotes currently active area)

  • Measuring, modelling and reducing human error in surgical care*.
  • Task, team, environmental and organizational contributions to error*.
  • Development, implementation and evaluation of safety solutions*.
  • The translation of safety expertise between industries*.
  • Ethnographic, observational and data mining methods for systemic safety and quality analysis*.
  • Methods for innovation and change in complex socio-technical systems*.
  • Auditory perception, localization, warning design, and 3D audio simulation.
  • Domains: healthcare*; road transport; aviation; maritime; military.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Jain M, Fry BT, Hess LW, Anger JT, Gewertz BL, Catchpole KR (2016). Barriers to Efficiency in Robotic Surgery: The Resident Effect. Journal of Surgical Research. Accepted 26 June 2016.

McCulloch P, Morgan L, New S, Catchpole K, Robertson E, Hadi M, Pickering S, Collins G, Griffin D (2016). Combining Systems and Teamwork Approaches to Enhance the Effectiveness of Safety Improvement Interventions in Surgery. Annals of Surgery

Waterson P, Catchpole K (2016). Human factors in healthcare: welcome progress, but still scratching the surface. BMJ Quality and Safety. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2015-005074.

Catchpole K, Perkins C, Bresee C, Solnik MJ,Sherman B, Fritch J, Gross B, Jagannathan S, Hakami-Majd N, Avenido R, Anger JT. (In Press). Improving Safety, Efficiency and Learning Curves in Robotic Surgery: A Human Factors Analysis. Surgical Endoscopy. Accepted 11 November 2015.DOI 10.1007/s00464-015-4671-2.

Blandford A, Berndt E, Catchpole K, Furniss D, Mayer A, Mentis H, O'Kane A, Owen T, Rajkomar A, Randell R (In Press). Neither clinician nor patient: Challenges and strategies for studying technology use in hospitals. Cognition Technology & Work. DOI 10.1007/s10111-014-0318-7.

Weigl M, Stefan P, Abhari K, Wucherer P, Fallavollita P, Lazarovici M, Catchpole K. (2015) Associations between intra-operative disruptions, surgeon’s mental workload, and technical performance in a full-scale simulated procedure. Surgical Endoscopy. DOI 10.1007/s00464-015-4239-1.     

Catchpole K, Russ S. (2015). The Problem with.....Checklists. BMJ Quality and Safety. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2015-004431.

Morgan L, Hadi M, Pickering S, Robertson E, Griffin D, Collins G, Rivero-Arias O, Catchpole K, McCulloch P, New S (2015). The effect of Teamwork training on team performance and clinical outcome in elective Orthopaedic surgery: A controlled interrupted time series study. BMJ Open. 2015 Apr 20;5(4):e006216. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006216.


Winner of the Prince of Wales Award for Innovation | 1997
Runner up, Times Higher Research Project of the Year, UK | 2007
Invited Member, Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group, Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK | 2009-10
Invited Member, Confidential Reporting System for Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons, UK | 2009-11
Handover project exhibited at the Science Museum, London, UK | 2010
Associate Editor for BMJ Quality and Safety. | 2011-15
Grant Panel Member, NSF Smart and Connected Health | 2015
AHRQ Grant Review Panel Membership | 2015-16
Sir Frederick Bartlett Award, for “significant contributions to original fundamental, applied or methodological research, development and application of knowledge and scholarship in ergonomics/human factors”, Charted Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors, UK. | 2016