Ann Williamson, RN, PhD

Chief Clinical and Nursing Officer, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
+1 415 353-1895

Ann Williamson, PhD, RN, NEA-BC is the Chief Clinical and Nursing Officer at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, a multispecialty academic medical center located in Abu Dhabi, UAE slated to open for patient care in March 2015. Most recently, she served as associate vice president for nursing at University of Iowa Health Care and chief nursing officer at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, a position she held for six years. During this time, she implemented numerous strategies to elevate academic and clinical preparation of the nursing workforce. Her efforts included a tripling of support for RN-to-BSN education, a nationally accredited new graduate nurse residency program and joint creation of dedicated education units with the University of Iowa College of Nursing. She also led the achievement of two successful Magnet® designations and was instrumental in ensuring NDNQI participation. Additionally, she provided leadership for allied health areas including social work, respiratory care, rehabilitation therapies, case management, chaplaincy and patient relations.

From 1992 to 2008, Dr. Williamson held a number of leadership positions at UCSF Medical Center where she earned the Pride Award in 2006 and the Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional University Management in 2007.

Dr. Williamson earned her BSN from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her MSN from the University of Texas at Austin, and her PhD from UCSF, with a concentration in nursing informatics and health systems.