About Stephanie

Stephanie L. Ferguson, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP

Dr Stephanie L Ferguson

Stephanie Ferguson is Founder, CEO and President of Stephanie L. Ferguson & Associates, LLC, a global health consulting firm with more than 35 years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating health-related strategic plans and programs.

The firm specializes in health systems strengthening and evaluation methodologies, human resources for health, curriculum development and accreditation of health professional schools, executive leadership and management development, and innovative global health strategies.

About Dr. Ferguson

For more than 20 years, Dr. Ferguson has worked in 100+ nations as a technical advisor, consultant and facilitator for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and other global organizations.

  • At WHO, she developed resolutions, global health initiatives, progress reports, leadership development programs for ministers of health and their executive teams, national nursing and other health professionals/organizations, and regulatory bodies. She implemented and evaluated strategic plans, universal health coverage initiatives and health workforce strategies.
  • She developed academic frameworks for excellence, accreditation programs, curricula for nursing and other health professionals.
  • She served as a Washington, DC-based technical advisor for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), WHO’s Regional Office for the Americas, to develop the current Strategic Direction for Nursing.
  • As a PAHO consultant, she evaluated the Caribbean Health Cooperation Strategy (CCH III) in 22 nations and made recommendations for the way forward (CCH IV).
  • As a PAHO consultant, she implemented the WHO’s Chief Nurse Officers Roles and Responsibilities recommendations for the Chief Nurses and Midwives in the Caribbean.
  • At ICN from 2000-2015, Dr. Ferguson was a Consultant for Nursing and Health Policy, directed the Leadership for Change Programme and the ICN-Burdett Global Nursing Leadership Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Ferguson’s professional leadership and service activities include:

  • Board member, Bon Secours Mercy Health System, Inc. Chair, Quality Committee. Member, Finance Committee.
  • Board member, CMMB (Catholic Medical Mission Board). Member, Program Committee.
  • Elected member, National Academy of Medicine (NAM) (formerly the Institute of Medicine). She is a member of the NAM Nominating Committee.  She recently served as an appointed member on the Consensus Study on Global Health and the Future Role of the USA.
  • Elected fellow, American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Chair, AAN’s National Advisory Council for the Jonas Foundation Policy Scholars’ Mentoring Program. Former chair, Institute for Nursing Leadership’s National Advisory Council.
  • Elected member, National Academies of Practice.
  • Appointed, White House Fellow in 1996-1997 with President Bill Clinton and Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Donna E. Shalala.
  • Former honorary board member, G4 Alliance for Safe Surgical Care.
  • Former member, Nursing Economic$ editorial board and Director of the journal’s Global Health Department.
  • Former U.S.A. Presidential appointed member, the Advisory Council, the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR).
  • Former President, White House Fellows Foundation and Association and ex-officio Commissioner, President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

Dr. Ferguson’s current faculty appointments:

  • Visiting Fellow, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford University, Bing Stanford in Washington Program

Dr. Ferguson’s academic credentials:

  • Dr. Ferguson received her PhD and BSN from the University of Virginia and a MS from the School of Nursing, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Out and About With Stephanie

Dr. Stephanie Ferguson, Member of the National Academy of Medicine and Committee Member of the Consensus Study on Global Health and the Future Role of the USA and Giesla Abbam, former SVP of  GE Healthcare Worldwide, currently Director, Strategic Partnerships| Abt Associate, launched and presented the report to the World Health Organization during the occasion of the 70th World Health Assembly on 23 May 2017.

The event was sponsored by GE Healthcare. More than 240 Ministers of Health, Ambassadors, and several of the USG delegation members attended the event.

Giesla and I were also able to deliver the report to the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on Non-Communicable Diseases on May 25, 2017.


Panel Discussion for the Membership and Guest of the Chatham House the Royal Institute of International Affairs

Topic: The Future of Global Health
Date: Thursday 28 September 2017
Meeting: 18:00-19:00
Chatham House, 10 St James’s Square, SW1Y 4LE, London

Speakers from Left to Right:

Chair: Dr. Alan Tennenberg, Chief Medical Officer of Johnson and Johnson

Dr. Stephanie Ferguson, Member, National Academy of Medicine, USA; Consulting Associate Professor Stanford University, Professor Lynchburg College; Committee on Global Health and the Future of the United States

Gisela Abbam, Former Global Executive Director, General Electric Healthcare; Currently, Director, Strategic Partnerships| Abt Associate; Committee on Global Health and the Future of the United States

Robert Yates, Project Director, UHC Policy Forum, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House Chair


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