Marion Leary

Associate Fellow

Marion Leary, PhD, RN

  • Director, Innovation, Penn Nursing
  • Instructor, Office of Nursing Research, Penn Nursing
  • Instructor, Biobehavioral Health Sciences (BHS), Penn Nursing

Marion Leary, PhD, RN is the Director of Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing. As the Director of Innovation at Penn Nursing, she works to amplify and educate nurses as leaders in health and health care innovation. Leary is a member of the American Nurses Association’s Innovation Advisory Committee, a member of the University Science Center’s Advisory Committee, The Nurse Beat Advisory Board member, and a Founding member of the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Leaders (SONSIEL). She is a host of the Penn Nursing podcast, Amplify Nursing; a contributor to the American Nurses Association’s official journal, the American Nurse as part of the My Nurse Influencer’s column; and a contributor to The Nurse Beat as part of the Innovation Conversation segment.

In March 2023, she was named one of five female nurses who will go down in herstory by The Nursing Beat. In May 2022 and 2023, she was selected as one of the most powerful LGBTQIA+ people in Pennsylvania by City & State PA. In August 2019 she was named as an Influencer of Healthcare winner in the category of Excellence in Innovation by the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2017, she was named Geek of the Year for her outstanding achievements in Philadelphia’s vibrant geek community in the areas of innovation, technology, and activism.

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