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Executive Fellowship in Innovation Health Leadership


Our Commitment to Leadership Excellence

The Executive Fellowship in Innovation Health Leadership (EFIHL) is a year-long, cohort-based program that exposes our Fellows to the nation’s industry leaders and develops the skills needed to accelerate their own organization’s capacity to innovate.

This unique program prepares professionals for executive leadership responsibilities that drive innovation in their organizations. World-renowned faculty provide insight into their experiences with innovation, on topics ranging from leveraging existing infrastructure to delivering affordability, ensuring Fellows are prepared to view well-known situations through a new lens. By the end of EFIHL, graduates will develop the critical-thinking skill set needed to address new care delivery approaches in their own organization, both in terms of quality and cost.

The EFIHL is offered by Arizona State University, in collaboration with the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American Association for Physician Leadership.

Innovation: By Leaders, For Leaders

The EFIHL is proud to prepare the executive health leaders of tomorrow on a wide range of topics that must be addressed in order to successfully implement innovation. Through readings, online content, and peer-to-peer mentoring, Fellows will learn and apply the seven characteristics of innovation leadership:

Boundary spanning Risk taking Leveraging Opportunity Visioning
Adapting Facilitating Coordinating information flow  

The Fellowship also includes four on-site immersions located across the country. As Fellows experience these immersions, they will not only be exposed to innovative companies and practices, but to our expert faculty and program mentors. It may be possible to apply a portion of the EFIHL experience to College of Nursing and Health Innovation degree program credit.

Fellows are responsible for the costs of travel and other out of pocket expenses associated with attendance at the four immersions (which is required).


For additional information, please contact us at efihl@asu.edu.

Meet the Fellows

"The best part of the fellowship (beyond the great people) was the ability to have access to some of the most influential and brilliant leaders in healthcare today. Having one on one time and access to these leaders was a once in a lifetime experience for which I will always be grateful."

- Previous Fellow

"If you are a senior leader in healthcare I encourage you to explore whether the Interprofessional Fellowship in Innovative Health Leadership is right for you. It is a rare program that will make you a more accomplished leader of innovation, support you in accelerating a key personal and organization innovation focus, and strengthen your organization’s capability to innovate; all while learning from an exceptional faculty and a cohort of interprofessional peers."

- Dr. Don Berwick

"The Fellowship was absolutely worth your investment of time and money. (Our Fellow) was able to bring back lots of information and to share resources with the rest of the leadership team… and has grown professionally from this experience."

- Employer of Previous Fellow

"Initially I thought I had the full concept of innovation. Today, I have a wider scope and understanding of innovation concepts, tools, methodologies and strategies for implementing and leading innovative and sustaining initiatives and programs/projects."

- Previous Fellow

"It was worth the investment. (Our Fellow’s) learning and application of these learnings on a practical level has helped shape them as a leader of innovation."

- Employer of Previous Fellow

Rick Hall, PhD, RDN, FAND - Fellowship Director, Director of Health Innovation Programs, ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Peter B. Angood, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, MCCM - Chief Executive Officer & President, American Association for Physician Leadership

Susan Gergely, MBA - Chief Operating Officer, American Organization of Nurse Executives

Kathy Malloch, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN - President, KMLS, LLC Professor of Practice, ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Teri Pipe, PhD, RN - Dean and Professor, ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation, ASU Chief Wellness Officer

Tim Porter-O'Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), APRN, FAAN - Senior Partner, Tim Porter-O'Grady Associates, Inc. Professor of Practice, ASU College of Nursing & Health Innovation

Craig Thatcher, DVM, PhD, Diplomat ACVN - Senior Associate Dean & Professor, ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation