Michael S. Leonard, M.D., M.S.

Michael S. Leonard, M.D., M.S.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 667
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 276-4113
Administrative: (585) 276-4113
Fax: (585) 276-1128

Professional Bio

Dr. Leonard is the Chief Quality & Patient Safety Officer for the Golisano Children's Hospital. In this role, he oversees many quality improvement initiatives across the institution, working with physicians and staff to create a safe environment for pediatric care. He is the Chief Experience Officer as well, ensuring that patients and families have the best possible experience while receiving their care. Dr. Leonard is also a clinical informatician, partnering with URMC's Information Systems Division to bridge high-quality healthcare with our electronic medical record.

Research Bio

My research interests are in the areas of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, specifically:

Developing and evaluating strategies to improve the quality of patient care,
increase efficiency, and reduce the risk of medical errors and adverse events.

Integrating quality improvement and patient safety activities into medical school
curricula, residency training, and continuing medical education.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Board Service Excellence Team Award | University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York 2012
Patient and Family Centered Care, Top Performers Award | University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York 2012 - 2013
Patient and Family Centered Care Award 2011 - 2012
Ruth A. Lawrence Academic Faculty Service Award in Clinical Services 2011
Certificate of Appreciation | State University of New York @ Buffalo, Dept of Family Medicine 2010
Dean's Letter of Commendation | State Univ of NY @ Buffalo, School of Med & Biomed Sciences 1994
University Honors Scolar | State University of New York at Buffalo 1992 - 1998
Phi Beta Kappa 1991
Summa Cum Laude | State University of New York @ Buffalo 1991

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 9 available »

2014 Feb
Biondi EA, Leonard MS, Nocera E, Chen R, Arora J, Alverson B. "Tempering pediatric hospitalist supervision of residents improves admission process efficiency without decreasing quality of care." Journal of hospital medicine : an official publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine.. 2014 Feb; 9(2):106-10. Epub 2013 Dec 31.
2012 Aug
Schriefer J, Leonard MS. "Patient safety and quality improvement: an overview of QI." Pediatrics in review. 2012 Aug; 33(8):353-9; quiz 359-60.
2010 Apr
Leonard MS. "Patient safety and quality improvement: medical errors and adverse events." Pediatrics in review. 2010 Apr; 31(4):151-8.
2009 May
Vishwanath A, Brodsky L, Shaha S, Leonard M, Cimino M. "Patterns and changes in prescriber attitudes toward PDA prescription-assistive technology." International journal of medical informatics.. 2009 May; 78(5):330-9. Epub 2008 Dec 17.
Mariano, KD; Caley, LM; Eschberger, L; Woloszyn, A; Volker, P; Leonard, MS; Tung, Y. "Building evidence-based practice with staff nurses through mentoring". Journal of Neonatal Nursing. 2009; 15(3): 81-87.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hospitalist (SMD) - Primary


Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics


MS | Epidemiology | State University of New York at Buffalo2004
MD | Medicine | School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at the State Universty of New York at Buffalo1996
BA | Biological Science | State University of New York at Buffalo1992

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Residency in Pediatrics at Women's & Children's Hospital of Buffalo07/01/1997 - 06/30/1999
Internship in Pediatrics at Women's & Children's Hospital of Buffalo07/01/1996 - 06/30/1997