Healthcare Leadership

The Healthcare Leadership Member Community involves, serves, and brings together leadership educators, practitioners, consultants, administrators, and scholars from all healthcare-related settings. We provide opportunities to share philosophies, conceptual approaches, curricula, programs, experiences, assessments, and scholarship to optimize healthcare leadership and followership.

Priorities & Projects

  • Launching the Healthcare Leadership Community on ILA Intersections
  • Providing opportunities for member participation in initiatives, activities, and governance
  • Building on-line resources for healthcare educators, consultants, administrators, practitioners, and scholars
  • Establishing a healthcare leadership research agenda
  • Developing effective curricula in healthcare leadership and followership across the professional life-cycle
  • Supporting initiatives that focus on program evaluation, assessment, and guidelines
  • Advancing the field of healthcare leadership globally

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Community Leaders

Erin S. Barry Neil E. Grunberg Suzanna Fitzpatrick

Erin S. Barry
Research Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services University

Neil E. Grunberg
Professor, Uniformed Services University

Suzanna Fitzpatrick
Acute Care and Family Practice Nurse Practitioner


About Erin S. Barry

Erin S. Barry, M.S. is Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University (USU). She works with the Leader and Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program as the Principal Researcher. She is a biomedical and biobehavioral scientist with expertise in research design, planning, logistics, data management, statistical analyses, and assessment. Her role in LEAD is to work on all aspects of Research and Development including original research, scholarly reviews, and to translate scientific materials and evidence to be effectively taught and disseminated. She serves as Principal Researcher for several studies of leadership that focus on individual characteristics, interpersonal dynamics, and academic performance as predictors of leadership competence. She also works closely with the LEAD Curriculum team to bridge, coordinate, and analyze student, faculty, and program assessment.

Ms. Barry earned a B.E. (2006) in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She earned an M.S. (2008) in Biomedical Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington with a focus on Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery. She has worked at USU since 2010 where her research has focused on traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and leadership. In addition, she helps to mentor graduate and medical students with regard to research activities. She is currently working on her PhD in Health Professions Education focusing on leadership and followership within medical education and development. ×

About Neil E. Grunberg

Neil E. Grunberg, Ph.D., is Professor of Military & Emergency Medicine, Medical & Clinical Psychology, and Neuroscience in the Uniformed Services University (USU) School of Medicine; Professor in the USU Graduate School of Nursing; and Director of Research and Development in the USU Leader and Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program, Bethesda, Maryland. He is a medical psychologist, social psychologist, and behavioral neuroscientist.

Dr. Grunberg earned baccalaureate degrees in Medical Microbiology and Psychology from Stanford University (1975); M.A. (1977), M.Phil. (1979), and Ph.D. (1980) degrees in Physiological Psychology and Social Psychology from Columbia University; and completed doctoral training in Pharmacology at Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons (1976-79). He has been educating physicians, psychologists, and nurses for the Armed Forces and Public Health Service and scientists for research and academic positions since 1979. He has published 200 papers addressing behavioral medicine, drug use, stress, traumatic brain injury, and leadership, and was a Scientific Editor for the 1988 US Surgeon General's Report: Nicotine Addiction and the 1990 US Surgeon General's Report: The Health Benefits of Smoking Cessation. He has been recognized for his professional contributions by awards from the American Psychological Association, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Food & Drug Administration, National Cancer Institute, Society for Behavioral Medicine, US Surgeon General, and Uniformed Services University. In 2015, Dr. Grunberg was selected to be a U.S. Presidential Leadership Scholar. ×

Suzanna Fitzpatrick

Dr. Suzanna Fitzpatrick, DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, is an Acute Care and Family Practice Nurse Practitioner in a large urban hospital specializing in both surgical patients as well as Mobile Integrative Health where she has worked for the past 12 years. She has a passion for mentoring novice Nurse Practitioners in their transition into practice. She recently finished her Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a focus on teamwork and collaboration in healthcare. She has written articles on teamwork. nursing leaderships, and transition shock for novice practitioners. She chairs the Novice NP/PA committee at University of Maryland Medical Center to foster the transition into practice for new practitioners. Finally, she is an adjunct professor teaching Doctoral nursing students leadership at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Dr. Fitzpatrick completed her B.S. In Emergency Health Services at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2002. She then completed her B.S.N. at Villa Julie College in 2007. In 2010, she then completed her M.S at the University of Maryland, Baltimore to obtain her acute care certification and followed by a post Master's Certificate at George Washington University in Family Practice. She continues to volunteer as a Paramedic for the past 20 years at her local Rescue Squad and serves as the EMS training officer. She resides in Burtonsville, Maryland with her family. ×