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Karen Haller

Karen Haller Ph.D., R.N.

As vice president of nursing and clinical affairs, Karen Haller oversees nursing and clinical quality for Johns Hopkins Medicine International. She is responsible for developing the structure and resources needed to collaborate with health care organizations around the world and support international patients seeking care at Johns Hopkins medical institutions. She shares responsibility with Dr. John Ulatowski, JHI’s vice president and executive medical director, and works closely with Dr. Katherine DeRuggiero, Johns Hopkins Medicine International’s vice president for patient services. She also provides leadership and strategic oversight for Johns Hopkins Medicine International’s clinical, consulting and knowledge transfer activities that leverage the expertise of our clinicians.

In her nearly 30 years at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Haller has held a variety of roles. She most recently held the position of vice president for nursing and patient care services and chief nursing officer for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was responsible for professional practice and clinical standards in the institution and supervised a nursing staff of more than 3,000. She also oversaw the activities of the offices for social work, regulatory affairs, admitting and patient/visitor services.

A professor for clinical affairs in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Dr. Haller has published more than 100 articles and editorials on subjects ranging from leadership and management in patient care delivery systems to end-of-life decision-making and patient safety. 

Dr. Haller received her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate in nursing, as well as a master’s degree in public health, from the University of Michigan. Before coming to Johns Hopkins in 1988, she was an associate professor of maternal-child health and a research scientist at Loyola University Chicago.