John Gosbee, M.D.

LEO Lecturer II, Biomedical Engineering


  • M.S. and Medical Residency, Aerospace Medicine (specialization in human factors engineering), Wright State University, Dayton, OH, 1988
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, IA, 1986
  • M.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1985

Research Interests

Research Areas:

Engineering Education


Dr. Gosbee has been a co-instructor for BME 450 and 451 (senior design capstone course) since 2015. He has also assisted with graduate BME courses related to design and regulatory science. He works with the Coulter Foundation with human factors engineering design activities for novel medical devices, as well as doing safety reviews of research medical device prototypes for IRB-MED.


Among other publications and recognition, Dr. Gosbee was guest editor for a 2004 series on human factors engineering for the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety. He edited and was a major contributor to the book Using Human Factors Engineering to Improve Patient Safety (2005 ed. and 2010 ed.).


John Gosbee, M.D., M.S., applies human factors engineering, device design, and patient safety ideas at the University of Michigan. He develops courses and teaches in the Internal Medicine and Biomedical Engineering Departments. He has been a visiting professor at several universities and professional societies, including AMA, Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins, and Yale University. Dr. Gosbee has been a consultant to several patient safety programs, including FDA, WHO, and ISMP. He developed patient safety items as chairperson of the patient safety committee on the National Board of Medical Examiners.


Dr. Gosbee received the “Cheers Award” for advancing medical device design in medication safety from the Institute for Safe Medication Practice (ISMP); and the “Career Achievement Award” in medical device design from the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).