As a dochitect – that’s a doctor + architect – Dr. Diana Anderson is a board-certified internist and healthcare architect.
With this unique worldview, she pushes the norm by rethinking hospital design with a mindset of how to improve geriatric and intensive care patient environments and wellbeing. And here at Jacobs, she’s a key health system resilience player.
Alongside design, medicine had always appealed to me as a humanistic field and offered an opportunity to help people in the most vital aspect of their lives – their health.
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Dr. Anderson earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, before pursuing her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toronto, Canada. She completed her internal medical residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center.
Dr. Anderson has worked on hospital design projects globally and is widely published in both architectural and medical journals, books and the popular press. As a past Fellow at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics, she also explores space design and ethics and is a frequent speaker about the impacts of healthcare design on patient outcomes, staff satisfaction, and related topics.
She recently competed her geriatric medicine fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco and is pursuing an advanced fellowship in geriatric neurology and research at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Boston. This hybrid career model integrates clinical practice alongside design research and project work to improve patient experience.
Dr. Anderson is the Co-Founder of Clinicians for Design (CfD), an international network of leaders which seeks to inspire and accelerate the design of environments and systems. CfD offers a unique forum for clinicians to apply their insights and experience in “design thinking” that serves medical practice, and the evolution of policies that will enhance patient and provider outcomes to help shape the future of hospitals, medicine and healthcare.
In 2018, she was recognized for her contributions to the field by the American Institute of Architects’ Academy of Architecture for Health U40 List of Healthcare Design’s Best under 40.