14th annual Janelle Othersen Visiting Professorship Lecture

May 31, 2024
14th annual Othersen Lecture

14th Annual Janelle Othersen Visiting Professorship Lecture

Featuring guest speaker Regina Cunningham, PhD, RN, FAAN
“Empowering Excellence: The Art of Nurse Leadership”

July 17, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
MUSC College of Nursing, 2nd floor
99 Jonathan Lucas Street
Reception to follow in the College of Nursing Drawing Room

Please RSVP by July 12 to livoti@musc.edu


Regina Cunningham, PhD, RN, FAAN, is an accomplished healthcare executive, scientist, and educator who has made impactful contributions to advance nursing, healthcare delivery, interprofessional care, and health policy. Renowned in these spaces, Dr. Cunningham’s tenure and experience have helped to shape the national healthcare landscape and bring about substantive change to critical aspects of patient care.

In 2017, Dr. Cunningham was named Chief Executive Officer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). HUP is the flagship entity for the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) which includes the Pavilion, HUP Main (legacy hospital), and HUP Cedar (community hospital.) Under her leadership, the HUP team has attained and sustained high-performance status – securing national recognition and accolades for their consistent exemplary clinical care and service excellence.

Dr. Cunningham serves as Adjunct Professor and Assistant Dean for Clinical Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. She previously served as Chief Nursing Executive and Senior Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Chief Nursing Executive and Associate Executive Director for HUP.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Cunningham’s work has been focused on outcome-driven improvements in quality, value-based care, health equity, and executive leadership practice. Dr. Cunningham’s national and international appointments on expert panels and advisory boards have influenced healthcare strategy, executive leadership, health profession education and training, population health, diversity, equity and inclusivity, and the uptake of information technology through networks with the National Quality Forum, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), American Association of Medical Colleges, Penn Wharton Leaders Programs, Josiah Macy Foundation, and global academic institutions.

As a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Committee, Dr. Cunningham co-authored “The Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity” report. NAM designated her as a nurse spokesperson to deliver briefings on the report to high profile audiences such as legislators, policy makers, healthcare leaders, and interprofessional scientific communities. Personally, Dr. Cunningham has received numerous awards, honors, and distinctions including being selected as a RWJ Executive Nurse Fellow (2006), a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (2014,) and elected to the National Academy of Medicine (2022).

Dr. Cunningham received a Baccalaureate in Nursing degree from The College of Mount St. Vincent, Master of Arts in the Delivery of Nursing Service from New York University, Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University.