Dawson, Martha A.

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Assistant Professor

NB 310
1720 2nd Ave. S.
Birmingham, AL 35294-2110

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Martha A. Dawson, RN, BSN, MSN, FACHE (RWJ Nurse Executive Alumni Fellow) completed her BSN and MSN from UAB. Her master's degree included a clinical focus in cardiovascular nursing and health systems administration. She completed a hospital administration residency at Gaston Memorial Hospital in Gastonia, NC, and completed her DNP at Case Western Reserve University at the Rance Payne Bolton School. Her career trajectory expands clinical, research, consulting, academia and leadership in nursing and the health sciences. She served as the Vice President of Clinical Operations and Chief Nurse Executive at the University of Louisville Health System. Prior to this appointment, she was the Associate Chief Operating Officer at Duke University. While at Duke, she served also as the Director of Nursing Management Systems. She worked at Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, AL and UAB Hospital, Birmingham, AL. She has served as an adjunct faculty and faculty Duke University , Indiana Wesleyan University, Univesity of Louisville, University of North Carolina, and on the Advisory Boards at the University of Kentucky and Spalding University. Research/Clinical Interest
  • Administrative Focus - career mobility bariers in nursing and health care administration, leadership development/coaching, and clinical competancy of agencies nurses;
  • Chief Focus: stroke and cardiovascular prevention, health promotion, and health care disparities.




Career Trajectory: Creating the tapestry for life-long learning. (2008). National Black Nurses Association, Newsletter.


The use of advanced nurse practitioners in chronic diseases management. (2007). National Black Nurses Association, Newsletter.


Overview of Professional Nursing Programs (Simmons College, Louisville, KY November, 2008).


Career Development Forum and Panel (National Association of Health Services Executives, Lexington, KY April 2007).


Nursing Shortage and Implication for Social Equity (Spalding University, Louisville, KY February 2007)


Career Development Forum, (National Association of Health Services Executives, Louisville, KY January, 2007)


2007 Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives
2010 Madeline R. Zaworski Outstanding Leadership Award
2010 Lillian Holland Harvey Award
2006 NBNA Institute of Excellence Award
2006 Martha A. Dawson Genesis Nurse Leader Scholarship
2005 Wade and Alice Houston Spirit of Giving Award
2004 McDaniel Bluitt Community Hope Award
2004 Mayoral Proclamation Distinguished Citizen of Louisville, Kentucky
2001 Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellows Program
1998 Johnson and Johnson Wharton Nurse Fellow