Mitchell M. Levy MD is Chief, Division of Critical Care, Pulmonary, and Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where he is Professor of Medicine. He is also Medical Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Levy is a founding member (2002) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign, a global initiative to improve the care of patients with severe sepsis. He is the lead investigator for Phase III of the campaign, the goal of which is to facilitate adoption of evidence-based guidelines for sepsis management into clinical practice and reduce mortality in severe sepsis by 25% by 2009. Dr. Levy is Past-President of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (2009). Dr. Levy’s current research interests include biomarkers in sepsis, end-of-life care in the ICU, and knowledge translation. He is the co-director of the Ocean State Clinical Coordinating Center, which manages large, international, multi-center clinical trials in sepsis. Dr. Levy is very active in the field of quality and safety. He continues to serve as the representative to the National Quality Forum for SCCM and also serves on the advisory committees on Quality for the Blue Distinction program of Blue Cross Blue Shield of America. Dr. Levy has worked on several state-wide initiatives on quality, including Rhode Island and New Jersey, and has led a similar initiative for the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation in their quality initiative in catheter-related bloodstream infection and sepsis. He was recently appointed a content expert and voting member of the Hospital Workgroup of the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) of the National Quality Forum and serves as a technical expert for the project Closing the Quality Gap: Prevention of Healthcare-associated Infections, which is part of the Evidence-Based Practice Center (EPC) program of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).