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frush2.jpgKaren Frush, MD, is the chief patient safety officer for the Duke University Health System.

A native of Pennsylvania, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing in 1981, and from the Duke University School of Medicine in 1986. She trained in pediatrics and served as chief resident in the Department of Pediatrics at Duke, then went to the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati where she served as junior faculty in the Emergency Department.

Frush returned to Duke in 1992, where she is currently associate professor of pediatrics and assistant professor in the Duke University School of Nursing. She has served as medical director of Pediatric Emergency Services and chief medical officer of Children's Services. She completed the National Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship program and was named chief patient safety officer of the Duke University Health System in November 2004.

Frush serves on numerous committees and councils to improve patient safety and the emergency care of children. She was the first pediatrician to be named to the North Carolina State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Advisory Board and served on the board for 11 years. She was appointed to the executive committee of the North Carolina Pediatric Society in 1998, and she currently serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine, as well as the AAP's Safer Healthcare for Kids Project Advisory Committee.

Frush was appointed to the advisory board of the North Carolina Hospital Association Center for Patient Safety and Hospital Quality in 2005. She is a master trainer for the U.S. Department of Defense TeamSTEPPS (Team Strategies & Tools to Enhance Performance & Patient Safety) program and serves on the Pediatric Patient Safety Expert Panel for Joint Commission Resources.

She has been principal investigator of numerous grants and initiatives to improve patient safety and pediatric emergency care.