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  • Kristi Henderson, DNP, CFNP, CACNP, FAEN


    Chief Telehealth & Innovation Officer





    • Phone: (601) 815-2053
    • Fax: (601) 815-2098
    • E-mail:  khenderson@umc.edu
    • Office: UBS Building


    Dr. Henderson is the Chief Telehealth & Innovation Officer for the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). She holds dual appointments in the School of Medicine and School of Nursing at UMMC. A few of her accomplishments include: 2013 Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow, the 2014 Nurse Innovator of the Year, 2012 Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year, and voted an "Edge Runner" by the American Academy of Nurses.

    Dr. Henderson has spent the last twenty years of her career as an administrator, educator, innovator, researcher and clinician. Her focus has primarily been on improving and coordinating the health care delivery system with the utilization of technology (telehealth) and Nurse Practitioners for improved access and coordination of care. She has led the development of a statewide Telehealth Program which is recognized as a top telehealth program in the U.S. Nationally recognized, Dr. Henderson has testified to the White House Domestic Policy Council and made numerous presentations on telehealth across the country. Dr. Henderson is regularly consulted by other state health care leaders, politicians, physicians, nurses, journalists and members of the academic community.

    Some of her leadership roles include service as the Chair of the American Telemedicine Association’s Institutional Council, Mississippi Health Information Network’s Board of Directors, and the State Workforce Investment Board. Dr. Henderson is also a Fellow in the Emergency Nurses Association.

    She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, her master’s degree in nursing, from the Mississippi University for Women, and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi College. She maintains national certification as a family and acute care nurse practitioner.


    Research overview

    Dr. Henderson's research is focused on telemedicine, HIV testing in the emergency department and the impact of nurse practitioners in an academic emergency department. She has been a co-investigator for several studies and grants. The latest grant was for $5.8 million from the FCC for a statewide telecommunication infrastructure.