Julie Eliopoulos Tsirambidis is the Director of Advanced Practice at Akron Children’s Hospital located in Akron, Ohio. She also practices clinically for the organization in their primary care pediatric offices, specifically the Brecksville location. Julie continues to function in the role of internal medicine hospitalist for a large privately held company with privileges in the regional Akron hospitals, for Inpatient Medical Services, Inc. She also serves as a clinical adjunct faculty for the University of Akron, Kent State University, and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where she provides graduate preceptorship to nurse practitioner students and lectures in both the family practice and pediatric track programs. Her previous roles have been extensive and primarily with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where she was a nurse practitioner for internal medicine within their family health centers and functioned as one of the first NP hospitalist roles rounding at affiliated hospitals. She also practiced as a nurse practitioner for cardiothoracic surgery as a member of their post- op hospitalist management group, providing care to patients post CABG, Valve and other complicated cardiac surgeries through discharge. Prior these roles, her first nurse practitioner position was with Gastroenterology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and with the Emergency Medicine group/Pediatric Fast Track at the University Hospitals of Cleveland/Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. As a nurse, Julie worked at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in their cardiothoracic surgery intensive care unit.
Julie is very passionate about advanced practice. She is extensively involved at the state level in promoting APRN and PA practice, and advancing laws to include these providers in all aspects of care delivery from reimbursement to reducing barriers to practice, she is involved in the overall strategic plan to truly integrate medical providers for the improved clinical outcomes of the patient. She has been instrumental in developing a professional ladder model for advanced practice and advancing professionalism within her organization by partnering advanced practice providers with physicians with employment contracts. She is the first director at her organization for advanced practice and has developed the infrastructure there to support the growing number of providers, now over 250 strong. She is a voting active member of the medical staff and has a voting seat on the Medical Staff Executive Committee, Credentials Committee, APP Credentials Committee, and chair the APP Council – consisting of all Lead APPs and chairpersons of the various committees within the council to advance and support APRN and PA providers. She was instrumental in making the APP council a medical staff committee.
Julie is a member of Ohio’s chapter of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and was named Ohio NAPNAP’s NP of the year in 2012 for her work in developing the NP role in Haiti. She is also a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine, a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Ohio’s Advanced Practice Nursing Organization (OAAPN), and serves on the board for Ohio’s integrated group COHCA (Council for Ohio Healthcare Advocacy).
Julie completed her MSN at Case Western Reserve University with a dual clinical tract focus in both family practice and pediatrics, and is board certified in both specialties. She completed her undergraduate BSN degree at Kent State University, graduating within the Honor’s College as well where she was the recipient of a full academic scholarship. She is enrolled in the DNP program, and has completed the Leadership Academy training at her hospital.