Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice

| Richard Klasco, MD

Dr. Klasco currently serves as Chief Medical Officer at Motive Medical Intelligence a privately held information service company. Prior to this position Dr. Klasco was the Medical Director of Clinical Affairs at Covidien.

Dr. Klasco had a long history with Thomson serving in various management capacities there. He was the Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs/Editor-in-Chief, Healthcare Business of Thomson Reuters, parent company of the business divisions of PDR, Micromedex, MedStat, CenterWatch, Physician's World, and Gardiner-Caldwell.  Dr. Klasco also has served as Vice President of Medical Affairs, Thomson Micromedex, Chief Medical Officer, Thomson Micromedex and then Thomson Healthcare. 

Dr. Klasco is a graduate of Harvard Medical School.  He trained in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and in emergency medicine at Denver General Hospital where he was Chief Resident.  He continues to practice emergency medicine in Denver, where in 1999, he cared for the critically injured victims of the Columbine High School shootings.   

Dr. Klasco is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine.  His interests include medication safety, adverse drug effects, and drug development.  He has lectured extensively at academic medical centers and testified before Congress.  In 2004 Colorado's Governor Bill Owens appointed him to the Colorado Poison Control Oversight Board.

Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Klasco was a studio musician in Los Angeles, performing on television shows such as The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.





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