Julia Caldwell Morris (BSN, MSN, JD) is Managing Counsel in the Office of Legal Affairs, Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Her career in healthcare began as a registered nurse after graduating from University of Kentucky College of Nursing 1992. She received her Masters in Nursing 1976, and graduated from University of Kentucky College of Law in 1982. Ms. Morris' nursing experience includes positions in medical surgical intensive care and adult medical units, nursing faculty positions at the University of Kentucky and University of San Francisco. Subsequent to graduating from law school, she served as in-house counsel and risk manager at a California hospital prior to assuming her position in the Vanderbilt Office of General Counsel in 1984. Her legal practice and areas of interest include patient care issues, medical staff and medical staff by-laws, faculty and housestaff, contracts, hospital policy and procedure, HIPAA, medical records/information, mental health, EMTALA, third-party reimbursement, risk management, and healthcare regulation. Ms. Morris has given numerous presentations on healthcare law and related issues to attorneys, nurses, physicians, risk managers, and other healthcare providers.