Dr. Marianne Baernholdt is a Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and founding Director of Langston Center for Quality, Safety, and Innovation. She has a broad background in clinical practice and education. She teaches courses and mentors national and international students and junior faculty in leadership, quality and safety, and health services research. Her research focuses on how quality of care is defined and factors affecting quality of care in global rural areas across the healthcare continuum. Most of her work includes perspectives from front-line staff including staff nurses, physicians, and community health workers. She has been a primary investigator and co-investigator on several federal grants using a diverse set of methods to examine quality and safety in rural areas. Prior to her current position she was on faculty at University of Virginia School of Nursing. Both at UVA and at VCU she is involved in InterProfessional Practice and Education training, projects, and programs for students and health care practitioners.