George T. Blike, MD; MHCDS, Trustee


Chief Quality and Value Officer, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Dr. Blike practiced as an anesthesiologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and is a member of faculty of Anesthesiology and Community Family Medicine in the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College. He received his MD from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and completed his residency in anesthesiology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He has been at Dartmouth since 1992.

Serving as Chief Quality and Value Officer since 2012, Dr. Blike leads enterprise-wide efforts for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock system to continually improve the quality, safety, experience, and value of care. He has direct operational responsibility for the Value Institute, the division supporting both clinical quality improvement and operational excellence including applied systems engineering and implementation/healthcare delivery science. He was instrumental in establishing the Patient Safety and Training Center at D-H that opened in the fall of 2008, a state-of-the-art simulation training facility and center for innovation in systems engineering. He is also responsible for directing many of the quality measurement and reporting activities that drive the enterprise strategy.

He received his master’s in the Science of Health Care Delivery from the Dartmouth College (Combined program within Tuck Business School and The Dartmouth Institute) in February 2015. Dr. Blike’s research and clinical practice career is devoted to creating patient safety in complex, high hazard domains. He has performed applied human-factors research to improve the safety of pediatric procedural sedation and reduce the risk of pain management in the hospital. He currently serves as a co-investigator on a major AHRQ P30 grant to establish a Patient Safety Learning Lab focused on reducing Failure to Rescue Events at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

His many professional associations include recent board membership of the Foundation for Anesthesia Education Research, past President of the Society for Technology in Anesthesiology, being a founding member of the International Society for Medical Simulation, five years serving as a member of the Research Committee of the National Patient Safety Foundation, Vice Chair of the Board of the Vermont Program for Quality in Healthcare, and Vice Chair of the New Hampshire Foundation for Healthy Communities.