Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Like many people, Ann Kutney-Lee has witnessed friends and family struggling with cancer. Unlike most witnesses, as a health services researcher she is in a position to do something about it. With funding from the American Cancer Society, Dr. Kutney-Lee is studying the patient, hospital, and nursing factors associated with complications following a mastectomy for breast cancer. Mastectomy is a complex surgery, and patients require intensive nursing care during recovery. Dr. Kutney-Lee is studying how the way nurses provide that care – based on their staffing patterns, work environments, and other factors in nursing practice – can optimize patient outcomes, including limiting postoperative complications.


  • PhD , University of Pennsylvania, 2007
  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania, 2004
  • BSN, University of Scranton , 2001