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Karen Baum | Excelsior, Improving Physician-Hospital Alignment

Karyn Baum


Dr. Karyn Baum is an international expert in medical education, quality improvement, patient safety, and hospital operations with over 20+ years’ experience working within academics and academic hospital operations.

As a medical educator, Dr. Baum has worked as course director, member of the curriculum committee, and Special Assistant to the Dean. She led the development of Minnesota’s interprofessional teamwork course; the value‐based care curriculum for Internal Medicine, and in 2016 was elected to the Academic Health Center’s Academy of Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching. She is the past Director of the University of Minnesota TeamSTEPPS Training Resource Center, an AHRQ‐funded site training clinical staff in an evidence‐based teamwork curriculum designed to improve patient safety. In this role she has overseen the certification of over 1500 trainers from throughout the United States, Japan, Iceland, and Australia.

At the national level, she is currently a senior consultant with Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington DC, directing their Educating for Quality initiatives nation‐wide. These programs, delivered on‐site throughout the US and Canada, are designed to create a critical mass of faculty able to teach and role model quality and safety throughout the medical education continuum.

Within hospital operations Dr. Baum served as the Medical Director of the Medical/Surgical unit and the Medical Director of Utilization Management. In the latter role she developed an in‐house review process, oversaw education across the system, led the RAC review process, and developed a new appeal process. Since 2015 she has been the inaugural Executive Medical Director for Care Transitions and Patient Flow at M Health, the 1900‐bed academic hospital for the University of Minnesota. In that role, Dr. Baum leads hospital‐wide efforts focused on length of stay, utilization management, and capacity planning.

Karyn is Professor of Medicine and Associate Chair for Quality at the University of Minnesota. She is also an adjust professor in the School of Public Health, where she teaches quality improvement for the executive Masters in Healthcare Administration program based in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Baum earned her medical degree from the University of Michigan, her Masters of Science in Education from the University of Southern California, and will receive her Masters of Healthcare Administration in 2017 from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Saint Paul, MN with her husband and two spoiled dogs.