Dr. Steelman has a passion for quality improvement and safety and enjoys giving back to the profession through volunteering and committee service work. The intricate nature of microbiology sparked an early interest in science and research. Early endeavors in CBRN public health and comparative medicine research led to a career in biological safety that bridged healthcare management. Eric served as the senior safety specialist for several years with oversight responsibilities for the industrial hygiene programs, clinical safety, biosafety and laboratory safety sections of environmental health and safety. Oversight of these programs was facilitated through compliance with federal, state, and specialty regulations and policies. Safety oversight overlapped significantly with several areas within healthcare management such as accreditation and health policy. Quality improvement efforts aimed to increase patient safety by identifying root causes of injuries led Dr. Steelman to create a cause analysis program that later catalyzed the organizations safety culture into a non-punitive environment.
Dr. Steelman has been a part of the undergraduate and graduate faculty at Waldorf since 2016 and serves as the program director for the undergraduate program in healthcare management.
Eric’s research focuses on safety attitudes and perceptions, quality improvement, and health policy. Within the ambit of health policy, Eric is interested in the relationship between health literacy and the quality of care and safety of patients.
He and his wife, Heather, live in North Carolina with two daughters, Elizabeth and Rebekah. He and his family enjoy advocating with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and March of Dimes.
Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality
Certified Professional in Patient Safety
Certified Safety Professional
Certified Health and Safety Manager
Registered Biosafety Professional
TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer
National Association for Healthcare Quality
National Patient Safety Foundation
American College of Healthcare Executives
American Public Health Association