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Dr Tim Porter-O'Grady has been involved in health care for 35 years. He has served in many positions from clinical provider to both hospital and health service executive in a variety of health services and is a principal in an international health consulting practice.

He is currently Senior Partner of Tim Porter-O'Grady Associates, an international health consulting practice specializing in health systems futures, governance leadership and conflict issues. He also serves as an associate professor on the graduate faculty of Emory University in Atlanta.

Dr Porter-O'Grady holds degrees in nursing, clinical administration, learning behaviour and health systems. He has done postdoctoral work in aging and is a certified clinical specialist in gerontology. He is a graduate of the Harvard University healthcare conflict management programme and is certified by the Office of Dispute Resolution as a registered mediator and arbitrator.

Tim has written over 155 journal articles and book chapters and has published 15 books (four of which have won the AJN health care management, ‘Book of the Year’ award). He has consulted with over 800 hospitals and health care agencies internationally and has spoken in 1850 health-related settings in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Dr Porter-O'Grady is listed in seven different categories of Who's Who in America, serves on seven health care journal editorial boards and is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Tim has served on a number of community and national boards and has been an elected officer in a variety of health related agencies and organizations. He has been a health systems expert for the National Health Policy Council, governing board member Franciscan Health System, Vice-Chair of the governing board of Catholic Health East (84 hospitals, health services), President of the Georgia Nurses Foundation, and Director, Sigma Theta Tau, just to name a few.

Tim has focused his professional work on health systems innovation and creativity as applied to the design and delivery of health services. He is considered an expert on health futures and innovative health service models. Tim has a strong commitment to building a healthy future and facilitating the partnerships necessary to sustain it.