Karen K. Giuliano, Ph.D., RN, MBA, FAAN 

Co-Director, Nurse-Engineer Center for Innovation 

Associate Professor (Joint), Institute for Applied Life Sciences & College of Nursing 


Karen Giuliano has over 25 years of experience in critical care nursing, medical product development and innovation, and patient-centered clinical outcomes research. Her primary focus is acute care with a special interest in using human-centered design to better understand how clinical needs, medical technology use, product development, and innovation intersect to improve the process of care for clinicians and the experience of care for patients. Prior to the transition to academia in 2017, Karen spent 18 years working on medical product development from an industry perspective, including 12 years with Philips HealthcareKaren actively contributes to many professional organizations and continues to work with small, medium, and large companies on medical product development and innovation. In 2012, Karen received the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation Professional Achievement Award for excellence in medical product innovation. Her expertise includes human-centered design and clinical outcomes. In addition, her own interdisciplinary program of research is focused in two key areas: non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia and IV infusion safety using IV Smart Pumps.   

 Karen is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), a six-sigma green belt, and holds a BSN and PhD in nursing from Boston College, nurse practitioner from the University of Massachusetts, an MBA (Global Management Concentration) from Babson College and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship on IV infusion device safety at Yale University.