Susan K. Keim, PhD, MSN is currently the Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership and the Director of the Nursing & Healthcare Administration and Health Leadership graduate programs in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. Spurred by previous work as a hospital administrator and later as a nurse practitioner in primary care, her research interests center on clinical systems, emerging technologies, and care delivery models that promote care coordination and patient safety, particularly in the post-acute care setting. Currently a nurse scientist at Penn Medicine at Home, she hopes to design and test the effectiveness of various care delivery systems to prevent hospital readmission including the integration of virtual visits. Dr. Keim also currently co-teaches a course entitled “Systems Thinking in Patient Safety” which is offered inter-professionally to both graduate nursing students and physicians.
Prior to Penn, Dr. Keim worked in clinical and progressive management positions at Johns Hopkins Hospital for 13 years. In addition to a PhD from Penn, she holds an MSN from Penn’s Adult and Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program. She is board-certified as an Adult Gerontological Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and has a MS in Nursing Administration from the University of Maryland.