Regina S. Cunningham, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN

Dr. Cunningham is an accomplished nurse executive, scientist, and educator who has made significant contributions to advancing nursing practice and clinical care. Cunningham is currently Chief Executive Officer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Adjunct Professor and Assistant Dean for Clinical Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. She has extensive experience in the organization and delivery of nursing service across the care continuum, with particular expertise in the utilization of nursing resources in care delivery systems. In her former role as Chief Nurse Executive, she was responsible for a broad array of strategic and operational functions, including the development of professional practice standards, oversight of quality, and strengthening the integration of scholarship within the practice of nursing. Her research interests include the effect of nursing on outcomes, clinical trials, and innovative models of care delivery. She has been funded on numerous research initiatives and currently serves as Principal Investigator on a $1.7 million award from the National Cancer Institute focused on developing strategies to improve accrual to clinical trials. Dr. Cunningham received a baccalaureate degree from The College of Mount St. Vincent, a Master of Arts in the Delivery of Nursing Service from New York University, a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University. She was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow in 2006 and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.

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