Mary Louise Fleming, RN, PhD

Clinical Professor and Director
Healthcare Administration & Interprofessional Leadership Program
+1 415 476-4788

Dr. Mary Louise Fleming is Clinical Professor and the Director of the Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership Program, UCSF’s first online degree program. Dr. Fleming is core faculty in UCSF’s Center for the Health Professions Change Agent Program – an interdisciplinary fellowship funded through the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, and an Associate Director of the UCSF/John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.

Dr. Fleming has most recently served as Vice Chair and Academic Coordinator for the Department of Community Health Systems. In this role she chaired the Department’s Graduate Program Council providing management, oversight and support for five Master of Science specialty programs including Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Occupational and Environmental Health, Nursing and Health Systems Leadership, Adult Nurse Practitioner, and Advanced Community Health and International Nursing.

Before joining the UCSF faculty in 2007, Dr. Fleming held progressively complex executive positions in the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Common to all roles were expertise in strategic planning, systems redesign and innovation, management of workforce and healthcare market conditions, organizational transformation, and effective use of integrative human resource and information systems. Her work spanned both the community sector and acute care settings. In 1996, Dr. Fleming was selected in a national search as the founding director for the establishment of the San Francisco Mental Health Rehabilitation Facility, a new level of care and services for the mental health population.

Dr. Fleming’s program of research focuses on improving leadership and services for the aging population with an emphasis on nursing homes and long term care settings. Studies involve ethnographic research with nursing home Directors of Nursing and a before and after study exploring the effects of the changing built environment of Laguna Honda Hospital on resident (patient), family and staff satisfaction.

Dr. Fleming has received numerous awards for her contributions to healthcare including the NurseWeek California award for “Advancing the Profession.” She was selected as a Fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows program (2001-2004) and as a 2005-2007 John A. Hartford pre-doctoral scholar.