Patricia Garcia Sullivan, PhD

Chief Quality Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System

Patricia Sullivan is Chief Quality Officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and is responsible for Clinical Effectiveness & Quality Improvement across the health system. In her role she has partnered with the Chief Medical Officer and other senior leaders across the health system to design and implement strategies that actualize the Blueprint for Quality, resulting in significant reductions in preventable mortality, readmissions and complications as well as major improvements in patient experience. Patricia works closely with clinical and quality leaders across the system to develop and implement integration strategies that focus on enhancing value across the continuum of care by reducing un-necessary variation and disseminating best practices.

In her previous role as Associate Vice President, she focused on clinical risk reduction and patient care process improvement where she helped the organization make significant reductions in malpractice expense as well as improve patient flow and create virtual bed capacity.

Patricia has extensive healthcare experience ranging from the bedside to the C-Suite. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hunter College, a Master's in Public Health from Columbia University and a PhD in Health Policy and Management from New York University. Her area of research focus is on the use of organization theory and change management in health system restructuring. She is currently a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania where her areas of special interest and publications are in quality improvement, clinical risk reduction and professionalism. She is an active collaborator within Penn as well as with external organizations such as the Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy and Vizient, the largest quality benchmarking organization in the nation. Volunteering her time with multiple non-profit organizations, Patricia has played leadership roles on the boards of the American Heart Association, the Health Care Improvement Foundation of Southeastern PA as well as The Peddie School in New Jersey.

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