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                                                   kathy@kimconsultants.com

Katherine Kim, Ph.D., MBA, MPH, President
Kathy has spent over 20 years leading teams to innovate and excel in healthcare and technology enterprises such as Brown & Toland Medical Group, UCSF Medical Center, Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Partners Health System), Alta Bates Medical Center (Sutter Health), and Oracle. She is also an entrepreneur: CEO of a venture-funded startup (one of only 2% of venture funded startups led by women nationally), leader of a business incubator, and Founder and President of Kim Consultants. Kathy currently combines consulting with teaching and research as Visiting Professor at UC Davis, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, and Professor in Residence at San Francisco State University, Health Equity Institute. Her research focuses on innovation and adoption in healthcare technology and service delivery, as well as the role of diversity and leadership.  She has received awards from the American College of Healthcare Executives, UC Berkeley, American Association of University Women and others. Kathy is a published author of healthcare articles and papers and fiction. She earned her Ph.D. from UC Davis, an MPH and MBA from UC Berkeley, and a BA in Biology from Harvard College.

   

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Julie M. Brown, MBA, MPH
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Julie Brown has more than 30 years of professional experience.  She uses her expertise as a former hospital CEO to help clients create productive work environments and develop high performing leaders. Her clients benefit from her business savvy, leadership development skills, willingness to allow processes to unfold, intuitive sense for identifying unspoken issues and knack for quickly and accurately sizing up a situation. Julie has held key management roles in her eight years with Kaiser Permanente Northern California.  In addition to her role as Hospital CEO at South San Francisco, she was an Assistant Administrator at Santa Clara.  She was also on the senior management team at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, CA.  Julie also worked at Blue Cross and the Contra Costa Health Plan, both in Northern California.  Julie earned two undergraduate degress in Psychology and Social Welfare as well as two Master's degrees in Business Administration and Public Health, all at the University of California at Berkeley. 

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Julie A. Kliger, MPA, BSN
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For more than 20 years Julie has been very active in the areas of health professional practice re-design, medical error reduction, systems improvement, quality improvement and provider professionalism. Currently, she works with several organizations including UCSF’s Center for the Health Professions, directing a $6M grant addressing practice redesign in the nursing profession. This work was nationally recognized for its unprecedented results in reducing medication administration error. From 2001 to 2004, She also led the charge to implement the first-ever error reporting program for the University of California – the web-based system is active across all five U.C. academic medical centers. In this capacity, she worked with the Chief Medical and Nursing Officers, Quality Improvement Directors and other leaders at the five UC academic medical centers. Julie has an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Columbia University, and a BA from U.C. Berkeley. She has been an invited speaker at numerous national conferences including: Joint Commission, National Quality Forum, University Health Consortium (UHC), RAND Corp., Joint Commission, Stanford University, American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

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Victoria Ngo, BA
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Victoria was most recently a project manager at Sutter CPMC. She was part of the founding team who developed an innovative primary care program for urban underserved patients with chronic diseases. She was instrumental in designing and implementing patient management processes, administrative processes, and selecting information systems. She developed her skills in training and operations management during her years health coaching patients and contributing to clinical and community-based research at Sutter Health, UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco State University, and San Francisco General Hospital. She is experienced in effective team-building and electronic health record implementation. In addition, Victoria consulted with Kathy Kim on a project at University of California Office of the President involving the creation of a collaborative of all UC campuses to select a standardized data encryption solution. She was the project manager and led the collaborative to a successful conclusion. Victoria has a bachelors degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley.