Goran Ribaric

Director, Regional Safety Officer EMEA J&J Medical Devices

I trained as a surgeon & scientist and worked in clinical medicine and research at university & private hospitals for several years. I earned University Degree with professional doctorate in human medicine, M.D., postgraduate degree in biomedical sciences, M.Sc. and the research doctorate in clinical medical sciences, DSc./PhD., at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, as well as the postgraduate degree with certificate in Health Care Management, HCM at the Philips University of Marburg, Germany. 
I have over 25 years of experience in surgical practice, academia and medical device industry. Broad competence in surgical research, patient safety, Evidence-based Medicine, Health economics & Health Technology Assessment. Experienced in working with European governmental & scientific institutions such as NICE, UK and HAS, France, in fields of patient safety, clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of medical devices. 
Proven leader in health care business and research. Awarded with the Johnson & Johnson Gold Encore Award (2019), the Johnson & Johnson Leadership Award (2017), the Johnson & Johnson Gold Encore Award (2012) and the Johnson & Johnson Global Standards of Leadership Award (2007) in recognition for exceptional leadership behaviors and business results as well as with the University of Zagreb Rector`s award (1988) for exceptional scientific contribution.

3 blogs from the author


Posted on 17.09.2020

Digital surgical checklists: unlocking the secret to enhanced health worker safety

We all know that working in stressful environments makes health workers more prone to medical errors which can lead to patient harm. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the risks health workers are facing including emotional disturbances, healthcare-associated infections, illness and even death. As we mark World Patient Safety Day 2020, it is crucial to address health […]

By Goran Ribaric Director, Regional Safety Officer EMEA J&J Medical Devices


Posted on 18.11.2019

Checklist culture: how simple solutions can revolutionise patient safety and tackle AMR

As we mark World Antibiotic Awareness Week and European Antibiotic Awareness Day, it is vital that we do all we can to address antimicrobial resistance. The medtech sector supports a wide range of tools that reduce infection risk and support antimicrobial stewardship – some are technologically sophisticated; others are startlingly simple. Checklists are just one […]

By Goran Ribaric Director, Regional Safety Officer EMEA J&J Medical Devices


Posted on 06.07.2016

The Importance of Human Factors in Patient Safety

“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.”— Sophocles, Antigone Just two decades ago, in the late ‘90s, the Institute of Medicine presented shocking statistics, comparing the death occurring from medical errors to the equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every […]

By Goran Ribaric Director, Regional Safety Officer EMEA J&J Medical Devices