Tampa General Hospital Names New Senior Vice President of Surgical Services

Published: May 5, 2023

Kathleen Ulrich, MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC has joined the leading academic medical center on the West Coast of Florida from Duke University Health System.


Tampa, FL (May 5, 2023) – Tampa General Hospital (TGH) has named Kathleen Ulrich, MS, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, to the hospital’s leadership team as senior vice president of Surgical Services.

Ulrich is an experienced health care professional who brings almost 30 years of nursing expertise to Tampa General. Most recently, she was the assistant vice president of Nursing Perioperative Services at Duke University Health System in Durham, North Carolina. While in this role, Ulrich’s responsibilities included clinical, professional and regulatory standards within Perioperative Services, while ensuring services always met the needs of patients, families and team members. She was also responsible for the clinical leadership and management for all functions within Perioperative Services, which includes 106 surgical and procedural rooms.


“As an academic medical center, Tampa General provides patients with innovative and advanced surgical procedures every day. Kate brings a wealth of experience to our world-class surgical services team and will ensure that our patients will be at the forefront of new research and breakthroughs in surgery,” said Kelly Cullen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Tampa General.


“I’ve spent almost three decades as a nurse – almost all of that in Perioperative Services – and my new role at Tampa General is a wonderful opportunity to positively impact the continuum of care for patients,” Ulrich said. “This role enables me to look at perioperative care holistically across the health system in a way that can truly improve the lives of our patients, and I’m thrilled to work with the outstanding team at Tampa General to provide world-class care to patients."

Before Duke University Health System, Ulrich gained clinical expertise and a reputation as a leader in her positions at Greenwich Hospital, part of Yale New Haven Health, Greenwich, Connecticut, and Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, N.Y. She established her nursing experience as a staff nurse at White Plains Hospital, White Plains, N.Y., and Westchester Square Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y. Her work in Perioperative Services began early in her career and has become the focus of it throughout her time in health care.

Nurse Executive Advanced-Board Certified, Ulrich earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. She is a national speaker of best practices in perioperative services and has participated in speaking engagements at the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Global Surgical and other prominent health care conferences throughout her career.




Tampa General Hospital, a 1,040-bed, not-for-profit, academic medical center, is one of the largest hospitals in America and delivers world-class care as the region’s only center for Level l trauma and comprehensive burn care. Tampa General Hospital is the highest-ranked hospital in the market in U.S. News & World Report's 2022-23 Best Hospitals, and is tied as the third highest-ranked hospital in Florida, with seven specialties ranking among the best programs in the United States. Tampa General Hospital has been designated as a model of excellence by the 2022 Fortune/Merative 100 Top Hospitals list. The academic medical center’s commitment to growing and developing its team members is recognized by two prestigious Forbes magazine rankings – first nationally in the 2022 America’s Best Employers for Women and sixth out of 100 Florida companies in the 2022 America's Best Employers by State. Tampa General is the safety net hospital for the region, caring for everyone regardless of their ability to pay, and in fiscal year 2021, provided a net community benefit worth more than $224.5 million in the form of health care for underinsured patients, community education, and financial support to community health organizations in Tampa Bay. It is one of the nation’s busiest adult solid organ transplant centers and is the primary teaching hospital for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. With six medical helicopters, Tampa General Hospital transports critically injured or ill patients from 23 surrounding counties to receive the advanced care they need. Tampa General houses a nationally accredited comprehensive stroke center, and its 32-bed Neuroscience, Intensive Care Unit is the largest on the West Coast of FloridaIt also is home to the Jennifer Leigh Muma 82-bed neonatal intensive care unit, and a nationally accredited rehabilitation center. Tampa General Hospital’s footprint includes 17 Tampa General Medical Group Primary Care offices, TGH Family Care Center Kennedy, TGH Brandon Healthplex, TGH Virtual Health, and 21 TGH Imaging powered by Tower outpatient radiology centers throughout Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Palm Beach counties. Tampa Bay area residents also receive world-class care from the TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track network of clinics. To see a medical care professional live anytime, anywhere on a smartphone, tablet or computer, visit Virtual Health | Tampa General Hospital (tgh.org). As one of the largest hospitals in the country, Tampa General Hospital is the first in Florida to partner with GE Healthcare and open a clinical command center that provides real-time situational awareness to improve and better coordinate patient care at a lower cost. For more information, go to www.tgh.org.