Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN
Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) on June 16, 2014. At AACN, she oversees all of the strategic initiatives, signature programming, and advocacy efforts led by the organization known as the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education.
Formerly the Executive Director of the Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Transformation at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Trautman has held clinical and administrative leadership positions at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. She also served as the Vice President of Patient Care Services for Howard County General Hospital, part of the Johns Hopkins Health System; and as Director of Nursing for Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She also held a joint appointment at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
Dr. Trautman received a BSN from West Virginia Wesleyan College, an MSN with emphasis on education and administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and a PhD in health policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
She has authored and coauthored publications on health policy, intimate partner violence, pain management, clinical competency, change management, cardiopulmonary bypass, the use of music in the emergency department, and consolidating emergency services. As a member of the senior leadership at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, she represented the hospital on the Baltimore City Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team.
Dr. Trautman serves as an advisory board member and chair for Academy Health's Interdisciplinary Research Interest Group on Nursing Issues (IRGNI). She has served as a Magnet Appraiser Fellow for the American Nurses Association Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation and as an advisory committee member for the navigator and enrollment committee of the Maryland Health Insurance Exchange.
Dr. Trautman is a 2007/2008 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow who worked for the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, then Speaker of the House, U.S. House of Representatives.