Speakers Bureau

Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) builds reliable and sustainable measures to gauge healthcare performance and identifies opportunities for focus and innovation. In addition to overseeing and coordinating partnerships with leading national healthcare organizations, HQI provides time for its executives and thought leaders to speak to groups interested in accelerating improvement in patient safety and quality care for all.

Julianne Morath, RN, MS, CPPS

Nationally recognized expert in patient safety
  • Fee range: $9K – $15K. Special rates available for non-profits, please inquire.
  • Topic specialization: Healthcare performance, patient safety, organizational transformation
  • Travels from: California


Julianne Morath, RN, MS, CPPS, is the inaugural recipient of the John Eisenberg Award for Individual Lifetime Achievement in Patient Safety and is President/CEO of the Hospital Quality Institute, a collaboration of the California Hospital Association and its Regional Associations.

She is a founding and current member of the Lucian Leape Institute of the National Patient Safety Foundation and completed a term with the Board of Commissioners of The Joint Commission this year. Julie is a distinguished advisor to the National Patient Safety Foundation, past member of the National Quality Forum Best Practices Committee, and member of the Advisory Board to the Association of the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). She was appointed Fellow to the Salzburg Seminar on Medical Errors. Julie is a board director of the Virginia Mason Medical Center and Health System and was named by Becker Hospital Review as one of the top 50 experts leading patient safety.

Julie has more than three decades of executive and academic experience in healthcare. Her work is distinguished through translating research into practice and building cultures of safety and excellence. Before joining the Hospital Quality Institute, Julie served as Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her work as Chief Operating Officer of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, has been recognized in HBS Case Studies and featured in USNWR.

She is an author of Do No Harm and The Quality Advantage and is a frequently published and recognized presenter in the field of patient safety and healthcare quality.


I’ve had the pleasure of having Julie Morath as a guest speaker in the classroom as well as keynoting conferences. Her presentations are exceedingly insightful and even transformational. She has the ability to offer a truly unique and grounded roadmap for how to become highly reliable by transforming culture and infusing the workplace with joy and meaning. She carefully and persuasively outlines what that means and entails for leaders, middle managers, the employees on the front line, and the organization’s stakeholders. She leaves every audience energized and inspired and, even more importantly, smarter and readier to make real change happen. I can’t recommend her more highly. Everyone from the most senior executive to the undergraduate student benefits greatly from interacting with her.

Timothy Vogus, Brownlee O. Currey, Jr., Professor of Management
Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management

Julie Morath retains the position of the most compelling speaker and educator in healthcare today. Through illuminating language, compelling stories, and science-made-real, she opens a door for participants into a realm of new ideas. The new ideas offer a hopeful, motivating future that engages others on a path of solutions for all.

Barbara Balik, RN, EdD, Co-Founder of Aefina Partners, an organization committed to healthcare transformation through thriving partnerships among healthcare leaders, physicians, team members, patients, and families. She is a Senior Faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and faculty for Arizona State University’s Executive Fellowship in Innovation Health Leadership.

Julie Morath combines extensive hands-ons experience, deep interpersonal skills, and an outstanding intellect to offer unparalleled insights about quality improvement and patient safety to any audience. Her direct care experience, her thought leadership through the Lucian Leape Institute Board, her work with a leading academic medical center, and her most recent efforts on behalf of the clinicians and hospital systems of California provide a treasure trove of lessons, and she draws on these thoughtfully and appropriately to help those who work with her develop a deeper understanding of the issues they face in translating theory to practice.

David M. Lawrence, MD, MPH

Availability and Booking Information

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