Katherine Grichnik MD, MS, FASE

Medical Director

Dr. Grichnik is a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist who practiced at Duke University for 22 years rising to full professor. Her areas of expertise are echocardiography and thoracic anesthesiology with a comprehensive academic career. While at Duke, she also had multiple administrative roles, including being the Associate Dean for CME, assisting with the launch of the health system’s first Patient Safety Center, participating in the Anesthesiology’s Patient Safety and Simulation center, and directing the Chancellors’ program for leadership and business training with the Duke Fuqua School of Business.

Dr. Grichnik then moved to the Mednax Health Solutions Group, initially to direct research, education, quality and safety for Anesthesiology and then promoted to the Vice President of Quality and Safety for the company. Dr. Grichnik focused on proving value to patients, partner facilities and healthcare systems, through facility level high reliability organization transformation, on-site simulation training, quality and metric driven process improvement programs and targeted educational courses. Her role also included negotiating MACRA metrics with CMS.

She was next recruited to be the Chief Medical Officer at Indian River Medical Center. As a member of the executive management team, she had responsibility for the medical staff and its services, the quality and safety department, case management, utilization review, clinical research and supported the legal department with risk reviews. She focused on physician and departmental quality metrics, value-based purchasing metrics, CMS core measures, readmissions, and patient experience with multidisciplinary teams. She also co-led a successful triennial Jt. Commission reaccreditation.

As an academic CT anesthesiologist with broad clinical and leadership experience, a Vice President in a national medical company and as an Executive hospital administrator – Dr. Grichnik brings unique experience and skills to be able to effectively solve complex perioperative, hospital and healthcare system challenges through the lens of multiple stakeholder perspectives.

Residency and Fellowship:

Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Anesthesiology Residency


Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Thoracic Anesthesiology, Pain Management

Duke University Medical School
Cardiac Anesthesiology


Wellesley College
Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi

University of California, Berkeley
Master of Science in Biochemistry

Tufts University School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine, AOA

Scholarly Fellow
American Society for Echocardiography


Professor of Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center

Associate Dean for CME, Duke University School of Medicine

VP for Quality and Safety, Mednax Health Solutions Partner

Chief Medical Officer, Indian River Medical Center