Wm. Claiborne Dunagan, MD, MS
Wm. Claiborne Dunagan, MDDr. Clay Dunagan provides leadership for the organization on quality assessment and improvement initiatives. He is vice president of the BJC Center for Clinical Excellence, which supports the members of BJC HealthCare in measuring and enhancing the quality of care. The Center comprises a diverse group of health care professionals, including epidemiologists, analysts, computer programmers, industrial engineers and quality consultants.

Dr. Dunagan has been heading up health care quality efforts at BJC HealthCare since 1994. He also is a professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, where he holds appointments in the divisions of Infectious Diseases and General Medical Sciences in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Dunagan is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, and maintains clinical appointments in both at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

In addition to his corporate and clinical care responsibilities, Dr. Dunagan actively participates in health services research with an emphasis on health care epidemiology, quality improvement and the use of information technology to enhance patient care. He also lectures to medical students, physicians and executives on infectious diseases, clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, and quality improvement.

Dr. Dunagan has spoken at numerous national meetings on quality assessment and improvement and has co-authored many publications on infectious diseases, epidemiology and quality improvement. He represents BJC at the National Quality Forum and is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society of Health Care Epidemiologists of America, and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering science and master’s degree in biomedical engineering, University of Texas, Austin
  • Medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
  • Internship and residency in internal medicine, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis
  • Fellowship in infectious disease, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis
  • Chief resident of internal medicine, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis
  • Post-graduate training in health care epidemiology, quality and outcomes assessment, and quality improvement
  • Professor of medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis