Naomi Kirtner

Co-Founder, Talia’s Voice: Projects for Patient Safety

Naomi Kirtner
Naomi Kirtner

Luncheon/Keynote Session
Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 • 12:15 PM–2:15 PM

Naomi started Talia’s Voice: Projects for Patient Safety with her husband Dr. Jeff Goldenberg after their daughter Talia died from medical errors, with the goal of changing the culture in medical settings, improving care, and saving lives by getting healthcare providers to listen to each patient and take appropriate action on their behalf. Naomi is a devoted mother to six-minus-one: two she gave birth to, two who joined the family 20 years ago after their mother committed suicide, and two she adopted from Ethiopia in 2010. Naomi completed a Master’s program in Counseling Psychology at UBC in 1988, and every one of her children has experienced serious and lasting trauma, so she is comfortable with and well-versed in topics related to grief, death, anger, resilience, heartache, and loss. She has also accrued a wealth of experience—sometimes for better and often for worse—in hospitals across North America, most often as an advocate for members of her family. In her role as a patient advocate, Naomi currently sits on multiple committees at the Collaborative for Accountability and Improvement, and is on the Planning Committee for the annual Northwest Patient Safety Conference. She believes that genuine human connection leads to meaningful relationships—and is key to reducing medical harm. Naomi misses Talia terribly, every minute of every day.