Karen Frush, MD

is a physician leader and pediatric emergency provider who has spent the majority of her 35-year healthcare career on improving the quality and safety of patient care and the well-being of the health care team. She began her career as a nurse and then attended Duke University School of Medicine. After residency training, Dr Frush served as Medical Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and became Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Professor of Nursing at Duke University. She served as the Chief Patient Safety Officer of the Duke University Health System for fifteen years, and then Chief Quality Officer at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto, CA, from 2018 through April 2021.  She is now Affiliate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Chief Clinical Officer for Safe and Reliable Health Care.  Dr. Frush has a special interest in inter-professional training, high performing teams and transforming healthcare culture.