Susan Swanson

Susan Swanson

Assistant Professor, clinical track | DNP, MS, RN


Dr. Susan Swanson is an Assistant Professor, clinical track, at the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. A seasoned healthcare executive and nurse entrepreneur, Susan brings over 35 years of experience in healthcare strategy, operations, high reliability systems, quality, and patient safety. She has owned and lead several professional consulting businesses, one of which sold to a public company. Throughout her career, she has lead or helped drive the vision, start-up, revitalization, and optimization of a variety of regional, national and international healthcare and professional services organizations in areas of radiation medicine, cardiac, oncology, mammography, medical physics, provider practice networks and vendor partnerships.

Susan earned her BSN from the University of Cincinnati in 1978 and an MSN from Wright State University in 1986 with a dual focus in Nursing Administration and Cardiac Rehabilitation throughout the continuum of care. She earned her DNP from Emory in 2016 where she built upon her previous consulting work through research in Patient Safety and Crew Resource Management, followed by a VA Quality Scholars 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in Process Improvement,Implementation Science, and Team-based Operational Excellence. She teaches in the Emory doctoral and MN programs and also serves in advisory roles as a member of profit and non-profit boards.

Areas of Expertise

Cardiovascular Health
Data Science
Health Services Research


Peer Reviewed

Swanson, S. L., Cavanaugh, S., Swanson, J., Patino, F., Abraham, C., Clevenger,C., and Fisher, E. (April 2021). Improving Incident Reporting in aHospital-based Radiation Oncology Department: The Impact of a Customized CrewResource Training and Event Reporting Intervention. Cureus, 13(4). e14298.doi:10.7759/cureus.14298

Langdon, K., Hagopian, C., Omary, C., Swanson, S. and Simpson, R. (Nov 1,2022). State of DNP education: lessons learned from a novel academic fellowshipin teaching and education. Nurs Forum. 2022; 1-6. DOI: 10.1111/nuf.12839