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Kathleen Gallo, RN, PhD, in a striped grey suit
Executive Vice President and Chief Learning Officer
Northwell Health

Dean and Professor
Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies

Kathleen Gallo is executive vice president and chief learning officer for Northwell Health. Under her leadership, the Center for Learning and Innovation, Northwell Health’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 the founding dean of the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies.

Dr. Gallo is responsible for leadership development throughout the organization, as well as the creation and implementation of a comprehensive learning strategy. 

Within Northwell Health, 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 board for the Executive Program in Work-based Learning Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania and is the former chair of the Quality Committee for the Council for Accreditation, Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She is an associate professor of science education at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and an associate adjunct professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.  She served as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Program from 2003-2005 and also 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 author and speaker, Dr. Gallo has collaborated with Lawrence Smith, MD, in a Springer publication entitled, "Building a Culture of Patient Safety Through Simulation: An Interprofessional Learning Model." She also speaks on a wide range of topics including “Future Workforce Requirements,” “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 member of the AACN-AONE Advisory Committee, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, DNP Founders Circle, the American Nurses Foundation Board of Trustees, the National Advisory Council for the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, and previously served on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Futures Task Force and National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice for the US Department of Health and Human Services. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine, and is a distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice. In 2005, she was inducted into the Adelphi University College of Nursing and Public Health's Hall of Fame. She also received the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award from Stony Brook University and, in 2018, was honored as a Living Legend by Adelphi. Dr. Gallo was profiled by Chief Learning Officer magazine for their July/August 2018 cover story and was listed among the Notable Women in Healthcare by Crain’s New York Business for 2018.

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 Stony Brook University; and a PhD in Nursing and an MBA from Adelphi.

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