Donna M. O’Brien

Donna M. O’Brien, President of Strategic Visions in Healthcare, LLC has a consulting practice in healthcare strategy, policy, and healthcare operations. Building upon her extensive management experience with health systems, academic medical centers and driving strategic partnerships, she launched her consulting practice in 2005.

In her consulting work Ms. O’Brien has focused on strategy development and implementation, facilitating mergers and partnerships, and the transformation of care delivery to support value-based care, personalized medicine and advances in research. Her clients include: health systems, academic medical centers, research institutes, and the public sector. Ascension Health, the largest not for profit health system in the U.S., engaged her to lead a six year strategy initiative to rebuild healthcare capacity which included primary care expansion and the development of a public-private partnership for a new healthcare campus in New Orleans post-Katrina.

From 2005 to 2014 she served as a Special Advisor to the Director of the National Cancer Institute, where she supported the planning and implementation of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP), a public-private partnership designed to transform cancer care by promoting state-of-the art-care and expanding research to support personalized medicine with a specific program focus on reducing healthcare disparities. She is a co-author of several published articles related to this initiative including a book in press (2015) with Oxford University Press, Managing Disruptive Change in Healthcare: Lessons from a Public-Private Partnership to Advance Cancer Care and Research. Growing from this work, she is now serving as an advisor to several large scale big data genomic initiatives.

Her extensive board experience includes service on three national health system Boards of Directors. She served on the Merger Steering Committee to oversee the formation of Christus Health, a Dallas-based healthcare organization with approximately 40 hospitals in the U.S, Ireland, Mexico, and Chile. She is a Member of the Board of Regents of Seton Hall University, where she has Chaired the Audit Committee, serves on the Finance, Academic Affairs and Medical School Committees. She also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Bethesda Maryland based International Cancer Expert Corps, and the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry in New York.

Ms. O’Brien served on the Governor of New York State’s Commission on Healthcare Facilities for the Twenty First Century (the Berger Commission). In 2009, she received the National Institutes of Health Director’s Award for her work on the team that developed the NCCCP Program. She has served as a U.S. Advisor for Oxford Cancer Solutions (UK).

O’Brien has over 25 years experience working in executive positions in healthcare including serving as Executive Vice President of the Catholic Health System of Long Island (a $1.3B health system with five hospitals, four nursing homes, homecare/hospice,) where she led the formation of the health system, and as an executive at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston where she was responsible for inpatient operations.

She is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and has her Masters in Health Administration from St. Louis University. She is Board certified as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.