Greta Krapohl

Greta L. Krapohl , PhD, RN

Research Investigator, Transplant Surgery
Associate Director, Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC)


Greta L. Krapohl PhD, RN is a Research Investigator for the Transplant Section of the Department of Surgery, University of Michigan.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from University of Delaware, a Master’s degree as a Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist from Georgetown University, and her PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Krapohl served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps for 20 years where she developed a broad range of skills in both clinical and administrative positions. Trained as a critical care nurse, she has practiced in austere environments both within the continental United States and overseas and has extensive experience in medical evacuation, triage, and emergency medical preparations. She served as a part of the White House Medical Unit from 1995-1997 coordinating the medical contingency planning as well as routine, acute, and emergency care for President Clinton, Vice President Gore and their families. Before her retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel, Greta was the Deputy Commander for Nursing and Clinical Services at Andrew Rader U.S. Army Health Clinic, Fort Myer, Virginia.

Dr. Krapohl’s research interests are focused on surgical quality improvement and enhancing patient outcomes.  Her investigation of the healthcare-associated infection of Clostridium difficile in colectomy patients was the topic of her dissertation research and has evolved more broadly into other surgical outcome measures.  Dr. Krapohl recently received a grant to focus on the acceleration of best practices in surgical care using a Learning Health System model. In her current position as the Associate Director of the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC), funded by the BCBSM/BCN, she is able to use her clinical, administrative and scientific background to help shape the future of surgical care delivery for patients and their families.

Dr. Krapohl also serves on the Ann Arbor VA Health System Executive Quality Leadership Board and is a local advocate for veteran health issues. 

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