Kristine Keefer Wolff


Chief Clinical Officer

Ovation Healthcare

Dr. Kristine Keefer Wolff is a Healthcare Executive with 25+ years of system and business unit level health care experience with a history of creating and improving workplace culture, employee engagement and patient outcomes. She is known as a transformational leader skilled at relationship building with internal and external partners. She is also experienced in labor relations and building shared governance models.

Kristine is known for building and leading teams in a collaborative and supportive environment.  She has worked in many complex environments, always striving for the best possible outcomes by keeping the patient as the guidepost. She is committed to mentoring and developing others to support their leadership development journeys and understands that by building stronger leaders, we will realize stronger patient experiences and outcomes.

Kristine was the facilitator for the Center for Healthy Nursing, a collaborative among the UPMC Center for Nursing Excellence, the UPMC Health Plan, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, which focused on improving the health of nurses as well as the environments in which they work. Her doctoral work “Implementation of a Peer Review Program and Evaluation of its Impact on Nurses’ Perceptions of the Peer Review Process for Patient Safety Events in an Acute Care Hospital” was implemented at UPMC.

Areas of Expertise

  • Executive Leadership
  • Administration
  • Healthcare Operations
  • Leadership Development
  • Relationship Management
  • Quality
  • Just Culture
  • Care Coordination
  • Patient Experience
  • Patient Safety
  • Emergency Preparedness

Previous Experience

  • Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services, UPMC Somerset
  • Senior Director, Operations, UPMC
  • Director of Nursing, UPMC Presbyterian
  • Clinical Director, UPMC Presbyterian
  • Manager, Corporate Insurance/Risk Management/Patient Safety, UPMC
  • Various clinical roles at the Veterans Administration, Johns Hopkins Hospital & LewisGale Hospital
  • Adjunct Faculty, Duquesne University


  • Doctorate in Nursing Practice (Administration and Leadership Focus)
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Administration Focus)
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    University of Pittsburgh


  • Registered Nurse
  • Board certified from the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Nurse Executive-Advanced professional

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Healthcare Executives
  • American Organization of Nurse Leaders
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing