10 hospital CEOs with rounded-out education — PhDs, MBAs, JDs & more

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After wrapping up their undergraduate careers, these hospital CEOs continued along the path of education to achieve a broad spectrum of professional expertise.

1. Katherine Bunting, PhD, RN, MSN (CEO of Fairfield (Ill.) Memorial Hospital)

  • Doctor of Philosophy degree in business administration and management — University of Wyoming in Laramie
  • Master's degree in nursing — Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.

2. Michael D. Connelly, JD, MHSA (President, CEO of Mercy Health in Cincinnati)

  • Juris doctor degree — DePaul University College of Law in Chicago
  • Master's degree in health services administration — University of Wisconsin, Madison

3. Audrey Gregory, PhD, RN, MSN, MHA (CEO of Placentia (Calif.)-Linda Hospital)

  • Doctor of Philosophy degree in global leadership, corporate and organizational management — Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Master's degree in nursing — Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga.
  • Master's degree in healthcare administration — Armstrong Atlantic State University

4. Margot Hartmann, MD, PhD (President, CEO of Nantucket (Mass.) Cottage Hospital)

  • Medical degree — St. George's Hospital Medical School in London
  • Doctor of Philosophy degree in biochemistry — University of Surrey in Guildford, England

5. Kathleen Kinslow, CRNA, EdD, MBA, MSN (President, CEO of Aria Health in Philadelphia)

  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
  • Master's degree in education — St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia
  • Doctor of education degree — Widener University in Chester, Pa.
  • Master of Business Administration — St. Joseph's University
  • Master's degree in nursing — Temple University in Philadelphia

6. Vivian Lee, MD, PhD, MBA (CEO of University of Utah Healthcare in Salt Lake City

  • Medical degree — Harvard Medical School in Boston
  • Doctorate degree in medical engineering – Oxford University in England
  • Master of Business Administration — New York University's Stern School of Business in New York City

7. Stephen Mansfield, PhD, MBA (President, CEO of Methodist Health System in Dallas)

  • Doctor of Philosophy degree in organizational leadership — Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Master of Business Administration — University of Tennessee at Martin

8. Bruce Murphy, MD, PharmD (CEO of Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock)

  • Medical degree — University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock
  • Doctorate degree in pharmacology — University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Pharmacy

9. David Pate, MD, JD (President, CEO of St. Luke's Health System in Boise, Idaho)

  • Medical degree — Baylor College of Law in Houston
  • Juris doctor degree — University of Houston Law Center

10. Maria Ryan, PhD, MSN (CEO of Cottage Hospital in Woodsville, N.H.)

  • Doctorate degree in healthcare administration — Warren National University in Cheyenne, Wyo.
  • Master's degree in nursing — Rivier University in Nashua, N.H.


*This list does not include hospital CEOs that are MDs only; Becker's Hospital Review will be publishing a list of 110 physicians who are hospital CEOs within the coming weeks.

For additions, questions and comments on this list, contact Megan Wood at mwood@beckershealthcare.com.

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