Julie Morath serves as President/CEO of the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI), a collaboration of the California Hospital Association and the Regional Hospital Associations supporting over 400 hospitals and health systems in California. Morath is the inaugural recipient of the John Eisenberg Award for Individual Lifetime Achievement in Patient Safety and was named by Becker Hospital Review as one of the top 50 experts leading patient safety.
She is a founding and current member of the Lucian Leape Institute of the National Patient Safety Foundation at the Institute for Health Improvement and completed a term as elected Member of the Board of Commissioners of The Joint Commission. Morath is a distinguished advisor to the National Patient Safety Foundation, and serves on multiple boards including the Board of Directors of the Virginia Mason Medical Center and Health System.
Morath has more than three decades of executive and academic experience in health care. Her work is distinguished through translating research into practice and building cultures of safety and operational excellence. Before joining the Hospital Quality Institute, Morath 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 was featured by USNWR. Her current focus is healthcare reliability, joy and meaning in the work of healthcare, and understanding the selection and impact of meaningful measures.
She is an author of Do No Harm and The Quality Advantage. She is frequently published and is a recognized presenter in the field of safety, quality, reliability, and leadership.