Building upon a longtime career as an administrator, educator, and public health nurse, Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, serves as dean of Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS). Dr. Cloonan has been a member of the Georgetown community for nearly 25 years. During that time, she has held a number of academic leadership roles, worked to build strong partnerships with health systems and professional organizations, and led and supported the development of new academic programming and experiential learning opportunities.
Before becoming dean, Dr. Cloonan served as chair of the school’s Department of Health Systems Administration. In that role, Dr. Cloonan worked to foster interprofessional educational opportunities for health systems administration, medical, and nursing students, and interprofessional research opportunities for faculty members. For many years, she co-led, with colleagues at the McDonough School of Business, the Health Care Leadership Institute. She has directed and co-directed a number of leadership development initiatives with various national and global collaborators.
As dean, she has reorganized the nursing departments to reflect significant growth and secured a multimillion-dollar endowed fund for nursing leadership. She has expanded educational programs in nursing, including two new doctoral-level programs, and has worked to expand graduate-level education in health systems administration and global health. Dr. Cloonan has brought increased visibility to the school through strategic collaborations and recruitments; ensured academic excellence through successful accreditation processes and record-breaking undergraduate application numbers; and supported faculty research and teaching innovations. Her work to advance health equity, with a particular focus on health disparities in the District of Columbia, has created a unifying theme for the health-related work of the school, and has contributed to the newly formed Health Justice Alliance within which the school’s students and faculty collaborate with colleagues in the School of Medicine and the Law Center to address challenging health concerns for disadvantaged DC residents. In addition she has secured funding and led a team to train community health workers to address chronic illnesses in the elderly.
Dr. Cloonan earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston College. She received her PhD from the University of Virginia.