Chief Nursing Officer

Kathy Baker, PhD, RN, NE-BC

Kathy Baker, PhD, RN, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer


Kathy Baker, PhD, RN, NE-BC, is chief nursing officer at UVA Health. Baker came to UVA Health in 2021 from VCU Health, where she spent more than two decades in nursing leadership, including most recently as associate chief nurse and associate vice president of nursing.

While at VCU, she oversaw transformational efforts to strengthen the nursing workforce, increase the focus on quality and patient safety and improve overall operational efficiency. Baker is also a prolific author and a nurse scientist, with a research focus on work environments, patient safety, and workplace satisfaction.

At UVA, her priorities will include:

  • Advancing new nursing care models to ensure UVA is making the best use of all team members’ skills
  • Supporting the recruitment, retention, and mentorship of outstanding nurses.

Baker has a PhD in nursing and an MS in nursing administration from VCU, and a BSN from Radford University.