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Dr. Lisa Rowen

Chief Nurse Executive and Senior Vice President
University of Maryland Medical System

In her role as chief nurse executive and senior vice president at University of Maryland Medical System since 2016, Dr. Lisa Rowen is an advocate for nurses at the system level for initiatives such as workforce development, strategic planning and clinical improvements.

Before her appointment, she served as chief nursing officer and senior vice president for the University of Maryland Medical Center beginning in 2007. She previously was the director of nursing for surgical services at Johns Hopkins Hospital for nearly a decade and vice president of patient care services at Mercy Medical Center for around eight years.

She holds bachelor’s degrees in nursing and art history from the University of Delaware, a master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Maryland and a doctorate in nursing science from Johns Hopkins University.

Rowen is a UMMS board member and an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She has also held faculty appointments at Johns Hopkins University, Northeastern University and the University of Virginia.

What is the most important life lesson you learned?

There is always more to the story. My natural curiosity leads me to ask a lot of questions and by doing so, I’ve found that a single perspective can gain clarity through gradation, shadows and detail. I think that curiosity and the practice of asking questions of others have helped me personally and professionally, in both formal and informal leadership roles.