Kathleen Gallo

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Kathleen Gallo, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN is senior vice president and chief learning officer for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Under her leadership, the Center for Learning and Innovation–North Shore-LIJ's corporate university–and the Patient Safety Institute were created to transform the health system into a learning organization by strategically focusing on workforce development.

Dr. Gallo is responsible for leadership development throughout the organization, the creation and implementation of a comprehensive learning strategy, and the development of a new human resources (HR) architecture that transformed HR into a strategic business partner. Within North Shore-LIJ, Dr. Gallo has served as system director for emergency medicine and vice president for emergency medical services. She has more than 25 years experience in emergency nursing, having held a variety of clinical and administrative positions in tertiary care hospitals on Long Island.

Dr. Gallo serves on the advisory boards for the Executive Program in Work-based Learning Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania and the IHI Open School for Health Professions. She chairs the Quality Committee for the Council for Accreditation, Society for Simulation in Healthcare and serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Applied Nursing Research. Dr. Gallo is an associate professor of science education at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and an associate adjunct professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. She was an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Program from 2003-2005 and served on the advisory board for the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) from 2004-2010. In addition, she has held several regional posts for emergency medical services and emergency nursing.

A noted speaker, Dr. Gallo addresses a wide range of subjects including "Future Workforce Requirements," "Creating a World-Class Learning Organization," "Effective Leadership for Today’s Workforce," "Building the Business Case for Learning and Development," "Preparing Tomorrow’s Clinicians for Tomorrow’s Healthcare System," "Enhancing Patient Safety Through Interprofessional Education and Collaboration," "Heralding in a New Era: Patient Safety at the Forefront," "Transforming Healthcare into Higher Reliability Organizations," and "Creating a Culture of Safety: Lessons Learned from Aviation."

Dr. Gallo is a board member of the American Nurses Foundation Board of Trustees and was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2011. She was also inducted into the 2005 Hall of Fame at Adelphi University School of Nursing, and received the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Dr. Gallo received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Excelsior College, University of the State of New York; a Master of Science (Nursing) degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook; a PhD (Nursing) from Adelphi University, Garden City, New York; and a Master in Business Administration, also from Adelphi University.