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Leary Appointed Penn Nursing’s First Director of Innovation

In this role, Marion Leary, MSN, MPH, RN, FAHA, will design and execute innovation programs and projects through Penn Nursing’s Office of Nursing Research (ONR) and will work to keep the School at the forefront of innovation in nursing. The appointment was effective February 1, 2019.

Prior to this appointment, Leary was an Innovation Specialist on a part-time basis in ONR, where she has been central to moving forward Penn Nursing’s strategic priorities in innovation. She joins Penn Nursing full time from the Penn Center for Resuscitation Science where she has worked since 2007 as a resuscitation science researcher.

Penn Nursing’s innovation priorities are to create, cultivate, and grow new strategic partnerships, test new methods to improve health and the outcomes of health care, and to prepare our students as the next generation of nurse innovators. Leary will support Penn Nursing faculty and staff with fundamental knowledge regarding innovation and design thinking. She will also engage the University of Pennsylvania community, representing Penn Nursing as leaders in health and healthcare innovation and engaging students around innovation and entrepreneurship. Leary will design and execute programs to establish Penn Nursing as a leader in innovation.

Leary has established herself as a nursing leader in the field of CPR quality and post-cardiac arrest, resuscitation care. She is an international Fellow of the American Heart Association and served on the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science subcommittee.   In 2017, she was named Geek of the Year by Geekadelphia, Generocity and Technical.ly Phl, for her outstanding achievements in Philadelphia’s vibrant geek community in the areas of innovation, technology, and activism.