Craig Deao

MHA Contact Craig Deao

Craig is a senior leader at Huron, and a highly regarded national speaker on leadership, engagement, quality, and patient safety. He works with healthcare executives to create highly reliable organizations where employees want to work, physicians and nurses want to practice, and patients want to receive care.

Since 2006, Craig has led Huron’s speaking team. He also co-led the organization’s journey to become a recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2010. In addition to his full-time work with Huron, he serves as faculty for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Craig’s career has been a blend of operational leadership and hands-on experience in the field. As a result, he’s been able to use within the company the same Evidence-Based Leadership℠ principles Huron teaches its clients.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Operations
  • Care Transformation
  • Digital Technology and Analytics
  • Organizational Transformation
  • Strategy and Innovation


  • Healthcare

Education & Certifications

  • MHA, University of Minnesota
  • B.A., Louisiana State University
  • B.S., Louisiana State University
  • Crew Resource Management trainer
  • Lean for Healthcare Certification

Professional Associations

  • Member, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)

Speaking Topics

  • Alignment and Accountability
  • Change Management and Leadership
  • Communication
  • Employee Attraction and Engagement
  • Executive Leadership, Leadership
  • Organizational Culture
  • Resilience and Well-Being
  • Patient and Consumer Experience
  • High Reliability Organization (HRO)
  • Physician Alignment and Engagement
  • Quality and Safety
  • Strategy and Innovation
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Craig was not only informative, he was engaging and inspiring. He went out of his way to meet with us the evening before to gain additional insight into our objectives and current state and then capitalized on what he heard from us and how we could leverage and elevate our current state based on his expertise and background with Studer evidence-based practices and hands on coaching.
It was an excellent day. Craig was superb! His presentation was both informative and engaging on THE topic we need to address to improve our care delivery. Your organization models the values and tactics you espouse. Craig engaged our leaders throughout the entire presentation. I have heard nothing but positive comments from all leaders regarding his presentation, content, and delivery.
I have utilized the Studer Group for many years. The speakers continue to prove themselves as subject matter experts in the healthcare and do a tremendous job engaging the audience. Wealth of knowledge; superb presentation skills; easily adapted his presentation to our specific needs.

Please note that testimonials or endorsements found on this website do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of any services provided by Huron. Prospective clients may not obtain the same or similar results.

Available to Purchase

  • Craig Deao Book

    The E Factor: How Engaged Patients, Clinicians, Leaders, and Employees Will Transform Healthcare

    Healthcare must provide higher quality care at a lower cost. Understand how Huron | Studer Group's Engagement Model can help drive engagement and transform healthcare.

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