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Karen Doyle, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, was named senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer (CNO) at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC).

She brings more than 35 years of nursing experience to the role, including 15 years leading key emergency nursing, care management and patient experience initiatives at UMMC.

Most recently, she served as senior vice president of nursing and operations at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at UMMC, Maryland’s Primary Adult Resource Center (PARC) serving more than 7,500 critically ill and severely injured patients annually. Additionally, she shared a significant leadership role in the medical center’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine rollout.

Doyle’s transformational leadership style and business acumen have been instrumental in the success of several key initiatives, including the expansion of the trauma/critical care/emergency service; the successful Nurse Magnet application for UMMC; the relocation and building of a 250-bed acute care hospital; and the development of a surgery/obstetric/gynecologic hospitalist program.

She is a graduate of the class of the 2010 Greater Baltimore Leadership and a 2011 Weinberg Foundation Mission Scholar as well as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Currently, Karen is an active board member of the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital Center and past Board member at University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute.

Most recently, Doyle has served as the co-incident commander for the COVID-19 pandemic response at UMMC. In addition to her clinical and administrative responsibilities, she serves as adjunct assistant professor at the University of Maryland, School of Nursing.

Karen Doyle, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center.


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Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Maryland School of Nursing; Master’s of Business Administration from Loyola University, Baltimore

If you had not chosen your current profession, what profession would you choose and why? 

Honestly, this is the only profession I ever considered and cannot imagine doing anything else.  Being a nurse is my vocation, it is who I am.  Caring for the people that care for the sick and injured is an honor and a privilege that I do not take for granted.

Favorite vacation: 

Traveling to France in 2019 with my husband and friends.  The culture, food, people and historical sites were magnificent.

When I want to relax, I … :

Read a good book, take a walk, garden and spend time with my family and friends.

Favorite movie:

“Top Gun.”  And believe it or not, many years later I flew with the Blue Angels.  I consider nurses the Blue Angels of health care.

Favorite sport:

I am a huge tennis fan … I love watching Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Favorite quotation: 

You ask me why I do not write something … I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words, They ought all be distilled into actions and actions that bring results …” — Florence Nightingale