Director of Nursing Practice at Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System

Dr. Aditi Rao is currently working as the Director of Quality & Safety at Penn Medicine’s Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Rao began her career as a clinical nurse at HUP in Medicine. She then spent several years working in long-term care leadership before returning to HUP where she has held numerous leadership roles within the Department of Nursing—as a Nurse Scientist, Magnet Program Director, and Director of Nursing Practice. In each of these roles, she provided strategic leadership at the departmental level—contributing to the creation of the nursing strategic plan, achieving Magnet re-accreditation, and driving significant improvements in patient outcomes such as infections, falls, and pressure injuries. Dr. Rao is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing where she serves as the course director for N748: Leadership Development in Healthcare. She has published numerous peer-reviewed papers focused on the development of front-line leaders, care of older adults, and hospital outcomes improvement.