Patient-safety expert John Nance to speak at commencement

March 26, 2013

John Nance, JD, a key thought leader in American health care, brings his internationally renowned patient-safety expertise to Fort Worth when he delivers the UNT Health Science Center Commencement address May 18.

Nance is a Texas native and SMU graduate. An attorney, Air Force veteran, pilot, author and analyst of the U.S. health care system, he’s familiar to North American television audiences as the aviation analyst for ABC World News and aviation editor for Good Morning America. See video of Nance interviews.

He will deliver his address during commencement exercises beginning at 3 p.m. May 18 in Texas Christian University’s Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. 650 students will receive diplomas in nine graduate degree fields.

Nance’s work emphasizes systems that promote prevention and wellness. He won the American College of Healthcare Executives’ 2009 Book of the Year Award for Why Hospitals Should Fly: The Ultimate Flight Plan to Patient Safety and Quality Care. His author’s note begins: "How can it be that in 2008, a checked bag on an airline flight is still exponentially safer than a patient in an American hospital? Simply put, one industry has learned the realities of what it takes to make a human system safe, and the other has not."

A veteran of the Vietnam War, Nance is an internationally recognized air safety advocate who pioneered development of the Air Force’s human factors flight-safety education program.

UNTHSC Commencement 2013, including Nance’s address, will be live-streamed at

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