Karen Valaitis


Karen Valaitis, lecturer, teaches understanding U.S. health care, health care administration, personnel administration in health care and medical terminology.

Valaitis gained health care management and practice experience at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, where she worked for 20 years. During her time there, she was a critical care therapist and respiratory therapy manager for 10 years, which helped her acquire practical experience and working knowledge necessary for teaching medical terminology. She has more than 10 years of health care administration experience working as the administrator for cardiovascular research, orthopedic surgery, and neurosurgery and neurology. Later, she became the commercialization officer for neurosurgery and neurology, overseeing the department’s intellectual property portfolio.

Before coming to UWF in 2012, she worked in health care administration at the Ohio State University Medical Center and in executive search for health care programs in higher education. She is certified as a quality online Instructor and peer reviewer with the Quality Matters Program.

Valaitis received a bachelor’s degree in science from The Ohio State University, master's in business administration from Cleveland State University, and is currently working to complete a doctoral degree program