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Michelle Patch is a board-certified adult health clinical nurse specialist and Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

Her nursing career has been dedicated to improving patient, staff, and public health safety, particularly during times of crisis and trauma. Dr. Patch has advanced the science and practice of safety globally, spanning direct care, interdisciplinary practice, organizational-level work, and regional and state policy. She has led safety and emergency response efforts across one of the nation’s highest ranked health systems and amplified nursing’s voice through best practice dissemination in refereed journals, presentations, and major media outlet interviews. Dr. Patch is also internationally recognized for her impact on the health, safety, and well-being of those sustaining intimate partner violence, particularly after strangulation or head trauma. She has actively contributed to national efforts through service in the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Academy of Forensic Nursing, Forensic Nursing Certification Board, and the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention. Her scholarly research and publications have significantly contributed to the limited but growing science base globally for post-strangulation injury and care.

Dr. Patch earned her BSN from Marquette University, and her MSN and PhD from Johns Hopkins University.


Michelle Patch


Assistant Professor

Johns Hopkins University


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