Katherine Grichnik, MD, FASE

Chief of Anesthesiology Services
Surgical Care Affiliates

Katherine Grichnik has extensive executive experience across the spectrum of healthcare, including strategic, operational, fiscal and administrative responsibilities in a variety of settings. She is chief of anesthesiology services at SCA Health, where she supports strategic partnerships and business models to create stakeholder value, ensures aligned and skilled anesthesiology professional services, and collaborates to enhance quality of care and facility operational success, ensure safety, create risk visibility, and support its resolution. In 2019 and 2020, as president of American Anesthesiology, a part of the Mednax National Medical Group, she was responsible for a large portfolio of medical practices across the U.S. From 2018 to 2019, she was vice president for clinical development and a medical director for Surgical Directions Consulting. In this position, she assisted and supported hospital executive teams to organize, align and optimize the performance of perioperative services. From 2016 to 2018, she was CMO of the Cleveland Clinic’s Indian River Hospital. Dr. Grichnik’s other experiences include serving as vice president of quality and safety for the Mednax National Medical Group from 2013 to 2016, where she worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and other agencies while overseeing quality and safety metrics for more than 10 clinical specialties. She is a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist who practiced for 22 years at the Duke University Health System, rising to full professor. While there, she also held progressive administrative leadership roles, including being the associate dean for continuing medical education, a founding member of the Duke Patient Safety Center, director of the Center for Educational Excellence and director of the Chancellor’s Clinical Leadership Program. Dr. Grichnik earned her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, earning American Osteopathic Association recognition. She completed her anesthesiology residency and thoracic, vascular and pain management fellowship training at the Brigham and Womens Hospital. She completed cardiac fellowship training at Duke University. In addition, Dr. Grichnik holds a Master of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College. 


Tuesday, March 21
9:00–10:30 a.m.
39X - Optimizing Professional and Facility Resources to Produce Impactful Clinical and Financial Outcomes in Your Operating Room