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Dan retired in 2016 from The Minneapolis Foundation, where he worked with charitable Minnesota families for nearly twenty years. Following the death of his daughter, Julia, as a consequence of diagnostic error, he has published articles and commentaries about the culture of medicine and medical systems from the patient/family perspective. With his wife, Welcome Jerde, he has participated in numerous forums on the topic of patient safety through the University of Minnesota Medical School, the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety, and the American Association of Medical Colleges. He has participated in several projects and conference planning committees for the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM). He serves on the Patient Engagement Committee of SIDM, and in 2022 received its first annual Patient Engagement Award.

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