Donald L. Zimmerman, PhD,
is the first Professor of Healthcare Management at the University of New Orleans and is the Director of a new program in Healthcare Management. Previously,
he was a Collegiate Professor and Director of the Health Care Administration Program at the University of Maryland University College and Executive
Director of the Center for Healthcare Management Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He also served as a Visiting Associate Professor at the Sloan
Program in Health Administration, Cornell University.
Before turning to full-time academic work in 1998, Dr. Zimmerman was actively engaged in national and state health policy developments for 18 years as
Senior Research Sociologist at Research Triangle Institute International; Senior Policy Analyst at the non-partisan National Health Policy Forum and
Intergovernmental Health Policy Project at George Washington University; Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council; and
as a Consultant to the U.S. Congress, federal and state government agencies, national associations, hospitals, and other providers.
Dr. Zimmerman is a frequent speaker and has authored over 120 health care management and policy articles, technical reports, and professional
presentations. In addition, he has served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Commission for Dalit Rights since 2012 and continues
to work closely with senior policy makers in the US and globally on a number of central human rights issues.
He earned with Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Denise G. Osborn-Harrison JD, MPH,
is a California licensed attorney and holds a Masters Degree in Public Health. Her specialty areas are corporate compliance for healthcare, healthcare
reform, patient safety, medical liability reform, Medicaid expansion, and public health. Denise has provided consulting services to state agencies, federal
agencies, non-profits, and health care providers both nationwide and abroad.
Denise began her teaching career over 20 years ago while living in Los Angeles, California. She taught law classes for the University of California Los
Angeles, Mt. San Antonio College, University of West Los Angeles and Rio Hondo College. Currently, she serves as an adjunct professor for both
undergraduate and graduate health care administration programs for George Mason University, University of Maryland University College, and Southern New
Hampshire University. As a continuing education provider she has trained nurses and physicians on how to conduct root cause analysis to support enterprise
wide patient safety and quality initiatives in a hospital setting.
Denise has worked for the U.S. Congress, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, several non-profits and consulting firms located in the Washington