Karin Elisabeth Warner

Nurse Anesthesia


Dr. Warner joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty following a 34 year career in the United States Navy Nurse corps where she held numerous senior healthcare facility and enterprise-wide leadership positions in facilities in the United States, Italy, and in Asia.   A Senior Member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), Dr. Warner is a certified Lean and Six Sigma (LSS) Black Belt, a certified LSS Green Belt instructor and expert facilitator. She served as the Program Executive Officer of the Western Pacific Medical Alliance and improved quality and clinical capabilities, improving collaboration across the facilities and provided structure for sustainability of business practices and clinical outcomes.

Her nursing and leadership experience includes work in cardiac-stepdown, neonatal intensive care, pediatric outpatient settings, facility Education and Training, Senior Nurse and Director of Wellness Programs, Quality, and Primary Care Departments. She has extensive experience in emergency management and disaster preparedness. Dr. Warner served on Capitol Hill as a legislative fellow for national and veterans’ health policy, and was the first Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the navy medicine enterprise. Her last position in the navy was Chief Operating Officer of a medical facility with four separate clinical sites in two states.

Dr. Warner received her Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from Duke University (2014), Dual- Master of Science Degrees in Nursing (1. Clinical Nurse Specialist – Medical Surgical Nursing with a  concentration in cardiac rehabilitation, and 2. Nursing Health Policy) from the University of Maryland (1996), Master of Science in National Security Strategy with a concentration in Weapons of Mass Destruction from the National War College (2015),  Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College (2012),and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland (1990). A member of Sigma Theta Tau (International Honor Society of Nursing) since 1990, she is a member of both the Pi and Beta Epsilon Chapters. Dr. Warner also holds an advanced certificate in Health and Public Policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (1996). She is the past Navy Director of the Federal Nurses Association (2007-2011).