About Dr. Julia Hallisy

Dr. Hallisy is committed to and passionate about the subjects of dentistry, oral health, patient safety, and health care quality. Her personal and professional goals include working diligently to help patients maintain their dental health and to give all patients a voice in health care solutions.

Dr. Julia Hallisy is a native San Franciscan and majored in biological science at the University of San Francisco.  In 1988, Dr. Hallisy received her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of California at San Francisco School of Dentistry.

Dr. Hallisy has been in private practice as a general dentist in San Francisco for 30 years and enjoys seeing both children and adults.

Dr. Hallisy is licensed by the Dental Board of California and is a member of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention, the San Francisco Dental Society, the California Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the UCSF Dental Alumni Association.

Dr. Hallisy has been researching the topic of patient safety since 1998 and has worked with the California Nurses Association on HMO reform and with Senator Barbara Boxer to promote the passage of legislation for a national Patients’ Bill of Rights. In 2006, Dr. Hallisy was a recipient of a scholarship from the National Patient Safety Foundation to attend their annual national congress as a consumer advocate. Dr. Hallisy has worked with AARP on “empowered patient” training and has lobbied for healthcare safety in Washington, DC with the Consumers Union Safe Patient Project. Dr. Hallisy has also worked with The National Quality Forum, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the federal Partnership for Patients initiative.

In 2009, Dr. Hallisy formed a non-profit organization, The Empowered Patient Coalition website, dedicated to providing educational and advocacy resources for the public. Access the coalition’s patient safety and engagement resources at www.EngagedPatients.org.

Dr. Hallisy lives in San Francisco with her husband, John Hallisy, and has two sons, Daniel and Kevin.