Kriss Barlow, RN, MBA


Kriss brings an energy and expertise to the process that inspires stronger relationships, smarter strategies and more meaningful results.

The leading expert in physician relationship strategy, Kriss Barlow has deep healthcare experience and an unrelenting commitment to deliver meaningful results to her clients. Backed by 17 years experience as a healthcare consultant, plus clinical and business development experience within organizations, Kriss offers unparalleled expertise in the areas of strategic growth and implementation; physician relations, engagement and retention; as well as sales and training. Her passion for developing innovative growth strategies and a shared vision helps teams define the right medical staff relationships, increase referrals and meet even the most ambitious objectives. While Kriss is highly skilled at inspiring vision, she also takes a hands-on approach to implementation that drives results.​

A nationally recognized healthcare speaker, Kriss is frequently asked to share her insights at conferences and webinars, including The Forum for Healthcare Strategists, SHSMD and ACHE. She’s the author of four books, including two HealthLeader’s books;  A Marketer’s Guide to Best Practices in Physician Relations and The Complete Guide to Physician Relationships in an Accountable Care Era. A certified sales instructor, Kriss is on the Board of Directors for SHSMD, the AHA’s Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.​

Located in Hudson, WI, Kriss has dedicated her entire professional career to healthcare. She’s earned a BS in Nursing from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

Working with Kriss:

The work that we have been doing with Kriss Barlow is aimed at structuring our provider relations team in a way that would meet the needs of the organization and drive measurable results. I couldn’t be more pleased with the growth and development of our team, facilitated by Kriss. Her knowledge and expertise has really positioned us for the right level of credibility with leadership which has proven to be key in sustaining a successful provider relations team.

– Summer M. Lesic, Group Director Provider Relations, St. Anthony Hospital