Center for Injury Research and Prevention

James C. Won, PhD

James C. Won, PhD
Senior Fellow

James C. Won, PhD is Program Manager, Human Factors for the Office of Safety and Medical Operations at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention, a lecturer with the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Won’s research applies human factors engineering to improve safety and performance in aviation and healthcare. His previous work contributed to the development of a safe and efficient national airspace system (NAS) for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other government research efforts, and his current work is contributing the science of human factors to develop and sustain safe, efficient, and reliable systems for the hospital.

Dr. Won received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Doctor of Philosophy in Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University. He presents regularly at scientific conferences and has won awards for his research, including the Best Poster Award at the Solutions for Patient Safety National Learning Session and two Best Paper Awards from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. His current research, on identifying medication related health record usability and safety hazards in pediatrics, is funded by the Pew Research Center.

Dr. Won is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), the HFES Health Care Technical Group, and the HFES Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Technical Group. He also serves as a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Educational Council and the University of Pennsylvania Religious Communities Council and is an Assistant Pastor at Philadelphia Mission Baptist Church.

Dr. Won can be contacted at

Research Interests

human factors engineering, patient safety