Leadership

Maddie PearsonMadelyn Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical Services, Brigham Health

Madelyn “Maddy” Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, is chief nursing officer and senior vice president of Clinical Services at Brigham Health.

Pearson, who joined the Brigham in 2017, led a hospital-wide effort to obtain Magnet designation—the highest national honor for nursing excellence—from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

The engagement of clinical nurses was paramount to the success of the hospital’s Magnet journey, and it has been one of Pearson’s top priorities during her tenure at the Brigham. With her leadership, the Department of Nursing has created new avenues for nurses to be heard on many important issues.

Examples include expanding the department’s collaborative governance structure to increase nurse participation and establishing a CNO Cabinet for nurses and other staff to discuss top-of-mind issues, suggestions and concerns.

In addition, Pearson is intensely focused on quality and patient safety.  She co-led the implementation of a daily hospital-wide safety huddle, which brings together leaders and staff from various disciplines to uncover and address inconsistencies in processes and care. Last year, in partnership with the chief medical officer and senior vice president of Clinical Services, she launched a hand hygiene improvement initiative that increased the compliance rate of staff throughout the hospital from approximately 70 percent to 90 percent within six months.

Pearson was also instrumental in efforts to improve quality and patient safety and reduce hospital-acquired infections in her previous role. Before joining the Brigham, she served as regional senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Mount Sinai Health System Downtown Campus in New York.

Prior to Mount Sinai, Pearson was the senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, a 352-bed community and teaching hospital in New Jersey. With her leadership, the hospital obtained and sustained Magnet status. Pearson has served as a program appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program for more than a decade.

Pearson attended Rutgers University, where she received her doctorate in nursing practice—with a focus on leadership development in performance improvement—and her master of science in nursing. She earned her master’s in nursing administration from New York University and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Pearson is also certified as a nursing executive advanced.

STEPHANIE AHMED, DNP, FNP-BC, DPNAP

STEPHANIE AHMED, DNP, FNP-BC, DPNAP

Executive Director – Clinical Effectiveness

Dr. Ahmed leads nursing education, practice and professional development; quality measurement and improvement; and clinical information systems, as well as the Psychiatric Nursing Resource Service and Wound, Ostomy Consult Service. She previously served as director of Ambulatory Nursing, overseeing nursing across the distributed ambulatory enterprise. An experienced clinician and leader, Dr. Ahmed joined the Brigham as a nurse practitioner in the Division of Plastic Surgery and was actively involved in the hospital’s care redesign initiatives.

 

LEO F. BUCKLEY, JR., MBA

LEO F. BUCKLEY, JR., MBA

Executive Director of Business Operations, BWH Patient Care Services and Nursing

Mr. Buckley oversees the business and operational aspects of Patient Care Services, Nursing and non-clinical administration. He supports department leaders in ensuring the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective and efficient care and services for patients and their loved ones. Prior to joining the Brigham, Mr. Buckley held positions including director of nursing administration at Tufts New England Medical Center and systems manager at Wang Laboratories. He was recognized for his outstanding leadership with the Brigham’s Thomson Compassionate Care Leadership Award.

KATIE FILLIPON, MS, RN, OCN, FNP-BC

KATIE FILLIPON, MS, RN, OCN, FNP-BC

Associate Chief Nursing Officer – Oncology/Medicine

Ms. Fillipon has worked at the Brigham for her entire career, beginning as a student on Tower 5B Oncology. She previously worked as a nursing director and nurse educator for Oncology. She is among a multidisciplinary group leading the development of the inpatient CAR T Cell Therapy Program. Ms. Fillipon received the Mary Fay Enrichment Award for her work to improve the delivery of palliative care and a Nursing Spectrum award for clinical practice. 

KATHERINE GREGORY, PHD, RN, FAAN

KATHERINE GREGORY, PHD, RN, FAAN

Associate Chief Nursing Officer – Women’s and Newborn Health

Dr. Gregory oversees antepartum; labor and delivery; midwifery; postpartum; neonatal intensive care; special care and well-baby nursery; lactation support; and the obstetric nursing float pool. She is also a nurse scientist and research faculty member in the Department of Newborn Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on the human microbiome, specifically the intestinal microbiome of preterm infants. Dr. Gregory is the editor of the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing.  

JANET GORMAN, MM, BSN, RN

JANET GORMAN, MM, BSN, RN

Associate Chief Nursing Officer – Emergency Medicine and Float Pool

In addition to leading Emergency Department and Float Pool nursing, Ms. Gorman also plays a critical role in the hospital’s response to emergent internal and external events. She has been instrumental in planning for the Emergency Department expansion and hospital-wide patient throughput initiatives. Her knowledge in these areas is steeped in more than 30 years of experience. Prior to joining the Brigham, she was a nursing director at Boston Medical Center, where she oversaw patient flow throughout the hospital.

DANIKA MEDINA, MPA/HCA, RN, FACHE, NE-BC, CCTC

DANIKA MEDINA, MPA/HCA, RN, FACHE, NE-BC, CCTC

Executive Director – Ambulatory Nursing

Ms. Medina oversees nursing clinical practice throughout the hospital’s ambulatory sites, supporting nurses in providing exceptional patient care and ensuring quality of work-life. In her prior role as director of Ambulatory Nursing: Transplant Administration and the Heart & Vascular Center, she was responsible for clinical operations and programmatic oversight of the hospital’s organ transplant operations, ambulatory care clinics, the mechanical circulatory and advanced heart failure programs and the Lung Center.

LISA MORRISSEY, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

LISA MORRISSEY, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Associate Chief Nurse of Peri-Procedural Areas

Dr. Morrissey is responsible for nursing practice and patient care in Perioperative Services, the Cardiovascular Diagnostic Interventional Center, Interventional Radiology, the Pain Clinic, Endoscopy and Ambulatory Day Surgery at multiple Brigham sites, leading staff who care for more than 62,000 patients annually. Prior to joining the Brigham, she was director of Nursing for the Operating Rooms at Massachusetts General Hospital, preceded by a decade at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as a perioperative nurse, director for nursing in Perioperative Services and business director.

JULIANNE NEE, MBA

JULIANNE NEE, MBA

Administrative Director – Patient Care Services Program Initiatives

Ms. Nee is responsible for the overall non-clinical administration and operational components of programs within Nursing and Patient Care Services. She serves as the department lead, overseeing several committees and reporting processes related to institutional and departmental accreditation and recognition, professional staff concerns, nursing contract issues and workplace satisfaction initiatives. Ms. Nee has extensive administrative and project management experience, having previously served as a senior project manager for Human Resources and business manager in the Center for Nursing Excellence.

KAREN REILLY, DNP, MBA, RN

KAREN REILLY, DNP, MBA, RN

Associate Chief Nurse – Critical Care, Cardiovascular and Surgical Services

Dr. Reilly leads nursing practice and patient care in the Cardiovascular, Thoracic and Surgical Acute and Critical Care areas. She previously served as nurse director of cardiovascular units on Shapiro 9/10 and 9 East. Her extensive leadership experience includes participating in the planning and opening of the hospital’s Shapiro Cardiovascular Center. In addition, she has led nursing teams that achieved prestigious awards, including the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Silver Beacon Award. Dr. Reilly’s research has explored the effect of reflective practice on the nursing practice environment.

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