Doug provides expertise in healthcare facilities planning, design, and construction with more than 40 years of industry experience, including experience as a healthcare facility manager, consultant, an authority having jurisdiction, and the principal advocate representing the American Hospital Association (AHA)/American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) membership on national codes, standards, and built environment committees. He is a member of ASHE, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Doug has represented AHA/ASHE membership on over 15 NFPA Technical Committees in the course of the past 26 years and is the immediate past chair of NFPA 99 (Health Care Facilities Code) and NFPA 110 (Emergency Power Supply Systems.) Doug is also the chair of the Clinical Subcommittee of ASHRAE Standard 170 (Ventilation in Healthcare Facilities). He is a past chair of the NFPA’s Health Care Section and served on the NFPA’s Standards Council. He also served on the Joint Commission’s Committee on Healthcare Safety for over 10 years.
Doug currently serves as the CEO of Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI), a not-for-profit organization responsible for producing the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities and whose mission is to produce consensus-based guidelines in healthcare. He is a founding board member of FGI and has had a leadership position with the Guidelines since 1985 and a committee member since 1978. Doug currently chairs the 2018 edition and was the chair of the 2014 and 2010 editions and vice-chair of the 1987, 1992/92, 1996/97, 2001 and 2006 editions.
Doug is also a senior advisor to Specified Technologies, Inc., the premier firestop authority, providing consultation and strategic leadership on the health care built environment.
Doug earned his Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering at the University of Illinois/Champagne-Urbana and is the past Deputy Executive Director of ASHE; Director of Planning, Design and Construction for the AHA; and the Director of Engineering for the Joint Commission in Chicago, IL. He is a featured speaker at national and local conferences on health care facility codes, standards, guidelines, and environmental infection control. Doug was also selected for ASHE’s highest membership award in 2013 – The Crystal Eagle.