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Carl Savage

Senior researcher

Visiting address : Tomtebodavägen 18a 171 77 Solna, Sweden

About me

PhD in Medical Management (Leadership, Organization and Innovation) where I applied change management and complexity thinking to develop and test a facilitation process to improve medical education. Experienced course and educational development facilitator well versed in various group facilitation techniques. My goal is to combine my background in research and medicine to continually improve the way we care for our patients and our staff by developing better approaches to leadership, care management, design, planning, and learning.


As a lecturer, course designer, and course leader, I have led and been involved in courses in leadership, management, education, informat­ics, improvement science, project management, and patient safety for the Nurs­ing, Radiol­ogy Nursing, Medical Informatics, Public Health, and Medical programs as well as at several Stock­holm area hospitals. I have also conducted faculty training workshops on teaching, e-learning, Web 2.0, group dynamics, com­munica­tion, research management, learning outcomes and course development.

I have also facilitated improvement projects and helped design courses on improvement science for programs at the Karolinska Institutet as well as at the Danderyd University Hospital, universities in Linköping, Lund, Jönkö­ping and the Swedish national residency program in psychiatry.  

Research description

Currently co-lead the Clinical Management research group together with Pamela Mazzocato. On-going projects include studies on process improvement, lean, value-based health care (VBHC)  and clinical operations management spanning applications from emergency to chronic care, the integration of patient expectations into care processes, team training (crew resource manage­ment) to improve patient safety, process management to improve leadership development, and innovation in the design of health care business models. I am currently supervising four doctoral students.

Academic honors, awards and prizes

2011: LESS2011, Lean Enterprise Software and Systems, Stockholm. Best conference presentation in Complexity & systems thinking track.

Sigbrit Franke Stipendium, Längmanska kulturfonden. 50 000 SEK for contributions to Swedish Higher Education.

2006: European Society for Quality in Health Care, Prague Roundtable Meeting. Best conference presentation.

2005: BRIGHT2005 Conference European Higher Education Students, Leuven. Best paper on the future of health care in Europe & debate finalist.

2004: Academy of Achievement, 43rd Annual Achievement Summit, Chicago.

2003: Delegate. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Physiology/Medicine.



Money's (not) on my mind: a qualitative study of how staff and managers understand health care's triple Aim
Storkholm Mh, Mazzocato P, Savage M, Savage C
BMC health services research 2017;17(1):98-

Does lean muddy the quality improvement waters? A qualitative study of how a hospital management team understands lean in the context of quality improvement
Savage C, Parke L, Von Knorring M, Mazzocato P
BMC health services research 2016;16(1):588-

Pseudo-understanding: an analysis of the dilution of value in healthcare
Fredriksson Jj, Ebbevi D, Savage C
BMJ quality & safety 2015;24(7):451-7

Complexity complicates lean: lessons from seven emergency services
Mazzocato P, Thor J, Bäckman U, Brommels M, Carlsson J, Jonsson F, et al
Journal of health organization and management 2014;28(2):266-88

HIV and tuberculosis coinfection: a qualitative study of treatment challenges faced by care providers
Wannheden C, Westling K, Savage C, Sandahl C, Ellenius J
The international journal of tuberculosis and lung disease : the official journal of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease 2013;17(8):1029-35

[The educational system of today and health personnel of tomorrow]
Tomson T, Tomson G, Savage C
Lakartidningen 2012;109(32-33):1388-9

Surviving multiple obligations through stimulation, autonomy, and variation
Bergin E, Savage C
Journal of health organization and management 2011;25(4):455-68

Turning the tables: When the student teaches the professional - A case description of an innovative teaching approach as told by the students
Savage C, Amanalibi S, Andersson A, Lohr Sc, Eliasson Z, Eriksson H, et al
NURSE EDUCATION TODAY 2011;31(8):803-8

Lean thinking in healthcare: a realist review of the literature
Mazzocato P, Savage C, Brommels M, Aronsson H, Thor J

Does an outcome-based approach to continuing medical education improve physicians' competences in rational prescribing?
Esmaily Hm, Savage C, Vahidi R, Amini A, Dastgiri S, Hult H, et al
MEDICAL TEACHER 2009;31(11):e500-6

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