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Regina Cunningham

Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP)

Regina Cunningham


Dr. Regina Cunningham is an accomplished nurse executive, scientist, and educator who has made impactful contributions to advancing nursing practice and clinical care.


Cunningham was recently named Chief Executive Officer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and currently serves as Adjunct Professor and Assistant Dean for Clinical Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. She previously served as Chief Nursing Executive and Senior Vice President of the University of PennsylvaniaHealth System and Chief Nursing Executive & Associate Executive Director at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.


She has extensive experience in the organization anddelivery of nursing service across the care continuum, with particular expertise in the utilization of nursing resources in care delivery systems. In her capacity as Chief Nursing Executive, she had responsibility for a broad array of strategic and operational functions,including the development of professional practice standards, oversight of quality, and strengthening the integration of scholarship within the practice of nursing for the Health System.


Her research interests include the effect of nursing on outcomes, clinical trials, and innovative models of care delivery. She has been funded on numerous research initiatives and currently serves as Principal Investigator on a $1.7 million award from the National Cancer Institute focused on developing strategies to improve accrual to clinical trials. Dr. Cunningham received a baccalaureate degree from The College of Mount St. Vincent, a Master of Arts in the Delivery of Nursing Service from New York University, a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University.


She was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow in 2006 and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.

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