About Katherine

Katherine Virkstis is the Managing Director and Senior Research Partner at The Advisory Board Company. During more than twelve years with the Advisory Board Company, Katherine and her teams have focused on uncovering best practices to solve clinical, operational, and workforce challenges. She has worked with hundreds of executive teams at health care organizations in over 50 countries around the world.

She has authored more than 30 publications on topics including: disruptive innovation, engagement and resilience, reducing unwarranted care variation, margin management, improving patient flow, high reliability, preventing readmissions and hospital-acquired conditions, reducing labor costs, millennial retention, workforce planning, patient experience, workplace violence, critical thinking, top-of-license practice, interprofessional collaboration, and strategic planning.

Prior to joining the Advisory Board, Katherine practiced family medicine for five years in Central Vermont. She has also served as a research consultant for PinnacleCare, a Baltimore health advising firm. She has authored more than a dozen articles published in various nursing journals, including Nurse Educator and Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA). Katherine also serves as a member of JONA’s editorial board.

Katherine holds a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and a Bachelor's degree in Biology with honors from the University of Vermont.


Areas of expertise

Workforce Planning, Workforce, Patient Experience, Quality, Performance Improvement, Critical Thinking and Decision Making, Operations Skills, Skill Development, Readmissions, Collaboration,

Katherine Virkstis, ND

Managing Director,
Senior Research Partner

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