Catherine Garner, Dr.P.H., M.S.N., M.P.A., RN, FAAN

Senior Consultant

Dr. Garner is a Senior Consultant for AAL and works extensively in the areas of management and leadership development, curriculum design, and accreditation. Given Dr. Garner’s extensive background as a nurse administrator, she is an instructor in AAL’s Humanistic Healthcare division and a rotational instructor in AAL’s CAAMP program.

In addition to her role at AAL, Dr. Garner is Professor of Nursing and lead faculty in the Doctor of Nusing Practice (DNP) in Executive Leadership Program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Prior to joining MUSC, she served as Executive Director for Nursing and Academics for the eight-hospital Greenville Health System. She has extensive healthcare leadership experience spanning home care, ambulatory care, and a position as Vice President of Clinical Operations for one of the country’s first Medicare managed care organizations. She has held senior leadership positions in online education, as Dean of Health Sciences and Nursing at the University of Phoenix, Provost/Dean of the International University of Nursing in the West Indies, and Provost/Dean of American Sentinel University, founded as a Vanderbilt Technology Company. She holds a doctorate in public health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Leadership Fellow. She is a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship Program, a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and a 2013-2014 Fellow in the Harvard-Macy Foundation Education Innovation Leadership Program. Dr. Garner holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University and a master’s in public administration from Tennessee State-University of Tennessee Joint Program.

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