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Penn Nursing Commencement Speaker Announced

Alumna Patricia Flatley Brennan, PHD, RN, Director of the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, will speak at the School of Nursing Graduation ceremony on Monday, May 15, 2017, at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

At the forefront of innovation, Dr. Brennan is a pioneer and global expert in the development of information systems for patients. She developed ComputerLink, an electronic network designed to reduce isolation and improve self-care among home care patients. She directed HeartCare, a web-based information and communication service that helps home-dwelling cardiac patients recover faster, and with fewer symptoms; and Project HealthDesign, an initiative designed to stimulate the next generation of personal health records. She also led the Living Environments Laboratory at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, which develops new ways for effective visualization of high dimensional data.

Previously, Dr. Brennan was the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor at the School of Nursing and College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and also held academic positions at Marquette University, Milwaukee; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her clinical practice experience is in critical care nursing and psychiatric nursing.

Dr. Brennan received her Master of Science in Nursing from Penn and her PhD in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the Past-President of the American Medical Informatics Association; an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (previously IOM); a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Medical Informatics, and the New York Academy of Medicine.