Centre for Health and Bioinformatics


Dr Sarah Slight

Reader in Pharmacy Practice


Sarah Patricia Slight MPharm, Ph.D., PGDip, M.R.Pharm.S, M.P.S.I FHEA is a Reader in Pharmacy Practice at Newcastle University U.K., and Visiting Research Scholar at Harvard Medical School / Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Dr. Slight has been on successful grant applications totaling over £6.1 million and authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications. These grants, both in the U.K. and U.S., have all had a focus on health information technologies and/or medication safety.

Dr. Slight is Associate Editor for the Journal for Patient Safety, Associate Editor for BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, and Member of the NIHR HTA Programme Primary Care. She was previously a member of the Safer Primary Care Expert Working Group at World Health Organisation (WHO) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Slight moved to Harvard Medical School in January 2012 to work alongside internationally renowned expert Prof David W. Bates. She was one of a team of world leading experts in Health Information Technology who presented a White Paper to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration aimed at better understanding and improving the safety of electronic ordering of medications. She had co-authored several national reports and books on the topic of medication errors and health information technology, including: Patient Safety and Healthcare Improvement at a Glance (Wiley), Americas Healthcare Transformation Strategies and Innovations (Rutgers), and Key Advances in Clinical Informatics: Transforming Health Care through Health Information Technology (Elsevier). 

Dr. Slight has given keynote and plenary presentations at a number of UK conferences, and won national fellowships and awards, including: Royal Pharmaceutical Society Practice Research Award (Sept 2017), Partners in Excellence Award for Leadership and Innovation (Jan 2017, and previously in Jan 2015), and NIHR SPCR Career Development Award (Sept 2010-13). She currently holds honorary positions at University of Edinburgh, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr. Slight recently led a successful bid to host the Health Services Research and Pharmacy Practice Conference in Newcastle, U.K. in 2018. Dr. Slight’s special research interests include clinical decision-making, improving the quality and safety of patient care, medication errors, health informatics, and related topics concerning the cost-effectiveness of computerised interventions.