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Executive Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Operating Officer

Children’s National Health System

Academy Board Treasurer


PANEL: Navigating A Pandemic


Kathleen Chavanu Gorman, MSN, RN, FAAN, is Executive Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Operating Officer since 2012. Kathy is a nurse leader who has advanced strategic priorities to transform patient safety, quality, clinical care and operations to improve outcomes for children and families.

Previously Kathy served as the Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and Assistant Dean of Clinical Practice at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Prior to her tenure at CHOP, Kathy was at Children’s National as Vice President of Quality and Clinical Support Services for over a decade.

Kathy has presented and published extensively on quality, safety, outcomes and leadership in healthcare. In advancing the national agenda on improving child health through pediatric quality, she has led and participated in committees under the National Quality Forum, The Leapfrog Group, Children’s Hospital Association (CHA), American Board of Pediatrics, Institute of Medicine and others. She currently serves as the Treasurer for the American Academy of Nursing, is on the Board of Directors for The DAISY Foundation, American Hospital Association – Maternal Child Council, Vice-Chair of the Healthcare Council of National Capital Area, the Education Council for CHA, and other advisory boards. Kathy was the recipient of the distinguished Alumni Award for the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She received the American Hospital Association’s Grassroots Champion Award for Washington, DC, in recognition of her advocacy on behalf of patients, hospitals and communities. She has been recognized as a top woman leader by Becker’s Hospital Review and as a Washington, D.C. “Women Who Mean Business” top leader. Kathy was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2014 and a Leadership Greater Washington alumni.

She received her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing and is a graduate from Wharton School of Business: Johnson & Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow program.

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