Richard Griffith, MD

Richard Griffith, MD
Fmr. Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Albany Medical Center, NY
Fmr. Medical Director, Becton Dickinson

Richard Griffith, MD, says he knew nothing of industrial design—so “by mistake”—he studied physics, electrical engineering and medicine.  In the midst of his clinical career, Griffith was recruited by Becton Dickinson to serve as a medical director, and there—he met industrial designers for the first time. Dr. Griffith retired two years ago from academic medicine in Albany, New York. He says he remains outraged by the scale of deadly mistakes being made in health care. He has tried to get clinicians to think about “putting information into the world” and finding “forcing functions.” Finally, he has decided that real industrial designers need to get involved in healthcare.