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Johns Hopkins Medicine International Executive Leadership Team

Katherine DeRuggiero, D.N.P., R.N.

Vice President, Patient Services

Kathy DeRuggierio

Kathy DeRuggiero is vice president of patient services for Johns Hopkins Medicine International. In this role, she collaborates across Johns Hopkins Medicine International, Johns Hopkins Medicine and beyond to lead the development of the model and resources needed to deliver the promise of medicine to our diverse patient populations in the United States and abroad — a model that considers the entire patient journey and ensures holistic, measurable results that last well beyond the immediate visit.

She is a veteran nurse with 32 years of nursing experience. Dr. DeRuggiero has an extensive background directing emergency medicine, critical care transport nursing and disaster team operations. 

Dr. DeRuggiero began her career as a staff nurse at what is now Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in 1982. In 2005, she moved to the East Baltimore campus to become the assistant director of nursing for the Department of Emergency Medicine. She took on the role of interim director of nursing in 2007, and in 2008, she was named the director of nursing for the Department of Emergency Medicine and Johns Hopkins Lifeline. 

In her multiple roles within Johns Hopkins Medicine, Dr. DeRuggiero has been actively involved in the areas of operations, education, patient satisfaction, risk management and quality improvement. She has multiple publications derived from the work she has done to improve the patient experience and quality of care. Dr. DeRuggiero has also worked on several grants in the area of leadership, disaster management and improving staff engagement. 

She holds a doctorate in nursing practice, with an emphasis on executive leadership, and a master’s degree in nursing, with an emphasis on nursing administration, both from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.