Leadership Partners in Healthcare Management

  • Educated in silos, nurses, physicians, pharmacists and others don’t often encounter one another during their coursework and rotations. Because of that, they often don’t have a full understanding of each profession’s distinct and important role. And in the many intense moments that pepper the EDs, hospital units and clinics in our American health care systems, even the best laid plans to operate as a functioning whole can fall apart.

  • At a Glance

    Darden Executive Education and UVA School of Nursing have partnered to establish a new six-month program, Leadership Partners in Healthcare Management , for physician-nurse pairs to hone their interprofessional teamwork and leadership skills. Two-person dyads are nominated by their organization's senior leaders to be part of this new Darden/UVA School of Nursing program. They meet every four weeks for our innovative Thursday through Saturday on-grounds curriculum, cultivating a more robust concept of roles, respect, professionalism and communication skills to increase their clinical harmony, professional and personal resiliency, as well as reduce burnout, frustration and turnover. Most importantly, the classes - taught by UVA and Darden's best veteran nursing and business faculty - will improve the safety, quality and compassionate delivery of patient care. And because better, more coordinated care costs less and is more efficient, the bottom line improves as well.

    Topics & Schedule

    The Leadership Partners in Healthcare Management program consists of six two-day modules for nurse and physician leaders with courses that merge healthcare, business, financial and leadership topics. Threaded throughout each module will be focused topics on "managing oneself" and how to be more effective as an individual. In the final month, each nurse-physician team will complete and present a final scholarly project or culminating capstone which has been recommended and approved by their sponsoring organization. RN-MD pairs attend class once a month from Thursday afternoon to Saturday afternoon, attending lectures and workshops while studying, eating and sleeping on Darden's award-winning grounds.

    Topics of study include:

    • Developing, leading and assessing interprofessional teams
    • Healthcare organizations and the history and concept of dyad leadership
    • Managing others, and managing oneself in the face of crisis, moral or ethical dilemmas
    • Budgeting and measuring performance
    • Aligning, designing and strategizing to creative on-unit innovations and real-time solutions
    • Improving quality and safety in real time

    Program Schedule

    • 28-30 January - Healthcare Organizations and Dyad Leadership
    • 26-28 February - Developing and Leading Interprofessional Teams
    • 10-12 March - Managing Others
    • 14-16 April - Budgeting, Financing and Measuring Performance
    • 2-4 June - Aligning, Designing and Strategizing
    • 23-25 June - Improving Quality, Safety and the Patient Experience
    • 21-23 July - Presentation of Capstone Projects


    Nurse and physician leader pairs are nominated by senior leaders from health systems across the U.S. The program currently accepts up to 15 pairs per cohort. If you're a training and development leader for a health system and wish to learn more about nominating potential physician/nurse pairs, please contact us.


    Healthcare Faculty Team

    UVA School of Nursing Faculty

    Kenneth R. White, PhD, AGACNP-BC, FACHE, FAAN

    Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, Professor of Nursing
    White holds the University of Virginia Medical Center Professorship in Nursing with joint appointments in the McIntire School of Commerce, the Darden School of Business and the School of Medicine. With more than forty years of experience in healthcare organizations in clinical, administrative, governance, and consulting capacities, he spent 13 with Mercy Health Services as senior executive in marketing, operations, and international healthcare consulting before pivoting into academia. Between 1995 and 2001, he served as the associate director of the MHA and MSHA programs at Virginia Commonwealth University, and from 2001 to 2008, as the director of VCU's MHA program. White was the inaugural Charles P. Cardwell, Jr., Professor of Health Administration at VCU between 2006 and 2008, and was named the inaugural Sentara Healthcare Professor in 2012, before arriving at the University of Virginia in mid-2013.

    Ken is a registered nurse, adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, and Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. A palliative care nurse practitioner, Ken is a member of the UVA Medical Center's inpatient palliative care consultation team. He is also a Fellow, former Regent and member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds visiting professorships at the LUISS Business School in Rome, Italy and the Swiss School of Public Health, in Lugano, Switzerland. Dr. White's award-winning textbook, The Well-Managed Healthcare Organization, is now in the 8 th edition.

    Valentina Brashers, MD, FACP, FNAP

    Professor of Nursing, Woodard Clinical Scholar and Attending Physician in Internal Medicine
    Brashers is the founder and co-director of the University of Virginia Center for Academic Strategic Partnerships for Interprofessional Research and Education (Center for ASPIRE), which provides leadership and oversight to numerous interprofessional activities for students, clinicians, and faculty at all levels of training. Dr. Brashers is known nationally for her service and scholarship in the area of interprofessional education and collaborative care, and served for many years as vice president of the National Academies of Practice where she received the Nicholas Cummings Award for Contributions to the Interprofessional Healthcare Field. She currently is a co-principal investigator for numerous intra- and extramural interprofessional education grants and serves as a consultant, editor, expert panel member, presenter, and workshop leader in many educational, clinical, and policy settings. Under her leadership, the Center for ASPIRE serves as one of three sites for the Macy-funded national IPE Train-The-Trainer Faculty Development Program (T3 FDP) and she is currently directing a HRSA-funded interprofessional patient safety and quality improvement curriculum for Doctor of Nursing Practice students and medical residents. Dr. Brashers' most recent publication is an Institute of Medicine review of the impact of interprofessional education on practice process and patient outcomes.

    Pamela B. DeGuzman, PhD, MBA, RN

    Roberts Scholar, Fellow at UVA Center for Design and Health, Assistant Professor of Nursing
    DeGuzman's research has focused on the effect of built environment in the health of vulnerable populations. She teaches in nursing administration, healthcare management, management communication and nursing research in clinical settings.

    B. Rick Mayes, PhD

    Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing
    Former Medicaid policy advisor to the White House, an analyst for the AARP and a two-time University of Virginia alumnus (MA, PhD in political science), Mayes, PhD, completed his post-doctoral work at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health, has written for the New York Times, Health Affairs journal, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law and the Journal of Health Law, among others. He is the author of the books: Universal Coverage: The Elusive Quest for National Health Insurance(Michigan), Medicating Children(Harvard) and Medicare Prospective Payment and the Shaping of U.S. Health Care(Johns Hopkins) with Robert Berenson, M.D.

    Darden Faculty

    June West

    West teaches First-Year management communication in the MBA program at Darden and second-year electives in special topics in organizational communication.  She is the co-director of the Partnership for Leaders in Healthcare Management and holds a clinical faculty appointment in the School of Nursing. She is the University Faculty Liaison to the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA., and directs a Darden faculty team that teaches in the summer orientation program for the Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellows Program that places active-duty military officers in corporations for a one-year fellowship.  She was instrumental in the inception of  UVA's Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education and served as the academic director.

    Elliott N. Weiss

    Oliver Wight Professor of Business Administration
    Developer of the "Growing Great Managers" course, Weiss is an expert in operations and production management with extensive consulting experience for both manufacturing and service companies. He specializes in lean thinking and has presented and authored numerous articles and a book on this practice aimed at helping businesses reduce waste.

    Michael Lenox

    Samuel L. Slover Research Professor of Business; Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Batten Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Recognized a top strategy professor, Lenox has been widely published and cited - in academic journals as well as mainstream news media - for his expertise in innovation, business strategy and entrepreneurship. Founder and president of the Alliance for Research in Corporate Sustainability based at Darden, Lenox is a thought leader on the interface between business strategy and public policy as it relates to the natural environment.

    Gregory B. Fairchild

    E. Thayer Bigelow Associate Professor of Business Administration
    Fairchild serves as an academic director for Darden's Institute for Business in Society (IBiS). He teaches strategic management, entrepreneurship and ethics in Darden's MBA and Executive Education programs. In 2012, Fairchild was named one of the Top Ten Business School Professors in the World by CNN/Fortune and one of the 50 Best Business School Professors by Poets & Quants. His work has been cited by Inc. Magazine, The Economist, National Public Radio (NPR), USA Today, The New York Times and The Washington Post,  among others.

    Michael J. Schill

    Professor of Business Administration
    Schill is a professor in Darden's Finance area. His research spans empirical questions in corporate finance, investments and international finance, and he has been published in such major finance journals as the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Financial Economics. Recent research investigates the post-deal returns of acquiring firms, asset-growth effects in stock returns, and gains to foreign stock exchange listing and foreign currency borrowing. He is the author of over 30 case studies and technical notes and co-authored the case textbook Case Studies in Finance: Managing for Corporate Value Creation,  published by McGraw-Hill/Irwin.

    Location & Accommodations

    Darden School of Business  
    Charlottesville, Virginia

    As a participant, you'll stay in a private room at the  Inn at Darden, our highly rated hotel adjacent to the classroom buildings and dining center. Accommodations are included in your tuition.

    Tuition & Continuing Education Credit


    The University of Virginia School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The University of Virginia School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 78.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    University of Virginia School of Nursing Continuing Education is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

    UVA School of Nursing Continuing Education awards 78.5 contact hours for nurses who participate in this educational activity and complete the post activity evaluation.

    Please contact us for more information regarding tuition for this program.