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Lisa Rowen, DNSc, RN, CENP, FAAN has been named chief nurse executive for the University of Maryland Medical System. Rowen will add a senior nursing voice at the system level for strategic planning, nursing workforce development and continuous clinical improvement initiatives. Since 2007, Rowen has served as senior vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center and in 2015 was also appointed as CNO for the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus. Rowen has oversight for more than 5,000 nurses, advanced practice nurses and other health professionals; she will continue in these roles while dedicating a portion of her time and effort to this new system role. Rowen serves as the system chair of the UMMS Chief Nursing Officer Council, which is composed of the UMMS hospital CNOs and provides the vision for nursing across the medical system.


 Resides in: 

Baltimore County


Doctor of Nursing Science, Johns Hopkins University; Master of Science (health services leadership and management), University of Maryland, Baltimore; Bachelor of Science (nursing), University of Delaware; Bachelor of Arts (art history), University of Delaware.

What was the most gratifying event in your nursing career?

I can relate many overwhelming and humbling examples of patients whose lives were saved, extended or positively transformed.  The most gratifying event happens every day and that is having the privilege to care for others during the most vulnerable moments of their lives.

If you had not chosen nursing as a profession, what profession would you choose and why?

I would have taught art history at a university.

Favorite vacation: 

This is a tough question; I love to travel and am fortunate to have many favorite vacations.  All of my husband’s family on his father’s side lives in Italy.  There is nothing like experiencing Tuscany with first cousins who are natives!  I’ve also biked through the Cotswolds in England with my youngest daughter, which let us experience this beautiful and quaint part of the country at our own leisurely pace.  Basically, any time I can be with family is the best.

When I want to relax, I …:

I read literary and mainstream fiction.  One of my life goals is to read all of the Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists for fiction…I’m getting there!

Favorite book: 

“The Known World,” by Edward P. Jones.

Favorite quotation:

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”  — A simple yet profound statement by Mahatma Gandhi and wonderful life direction.


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