Featured Nurse Leader

The Academy's Featured Nurse Leader section showcases the transformative work of our fellows. If you have or know a fellow that has published work or has made a difference in their community please let us know.

Regina Cunningham, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN


Regina Cunningham
, PhD, RN, NEABC, FAAN, has been appointed CEO of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) in Philadelphia, the flagship hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. She is the first nurse to lead HUP since its establishment in 1874.

An accomplished nurse executive, scientist, and educator, Dr. Cunningham is also currently principal investigator of an NIH-funded multi-site study aimed at developing knowledge and skills to support implementation of clinical trials.

Dr. Cunningham, inducted into the Academy in 2014, is a faculty member and assistant dean for clinical practice at Penn’s School of Nursing