Laura A. Fennimore

Acute & Tertiary Care
School of Nursing
336 Victoria Building
3500 Victoria Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

F: 412-383-7227


Dr. Laura Fennimore is an accomplished leader and educator with more than 30 years of experience in health care management.  She brings her real-world experience and executive knowledge to the classroom for both Master’s and DNP students in the Nursing Administration Concentration. She has been an adjunct instructor for Pitt Nursing for more than 5 years, prior to joining the faculty full-time in 2015. In her faculty practice, she serves as a consultant for UPMC Health Plan, where she was the Director of Clinical Programs for the past 5 years. As such, she worked with case managers caring for vulnerable populations including children and adults with complex physical and behavioral health care needs as well as pregnant women.  With other members of the executive team, Dr. Fennimore developed case management strategies and clinical programs to achieve strategic business and financial goals. 

She earned her BSN from West Virginia University School of Nursing and both her MSN (with a specialization in oncology nursing) and her DNP (in nursing administration) from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.

Dr. Fennimore held a number of leadership positions at UPMC Presby including clinical instructor, nurse manager, director of oncology disease management, director of nursing, and the director of organizational development and nursing education & research. Dr. Fennimore serves as faculty on a National Cancer Institute-funded grant focused on “Integrating Palliative Oncology Care into Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Education and Clinical Practice”.  She recently served as a leadership mentor in the Maternal-Child Health Leadership Academy sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau. She has been published in the Journal of Nursing Administration and “Conversations in Nursing Professional Development” (Puetz & Aucoin, Eds). She has presented her research on oncology nursing and palliative care at the ONS Annual Congress and the Scripps Cancer Care Symposium.

Dr. Fennimore is actively involved in professional organizations including the Oncology Nursing Society, where she served as the director of education for more than 7 years; the American Nurses Association; the American Organization of Nurse Executives; the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders; the Council on Graduate Education in Nursing; the American Case Management Association; and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing.

Clinical Emphasis

Nursing administration

Scholarly Emphasis

Organizational leadership, nursing education, association management, oncology, palliative care, managed care, care coordination, maternal/child health issues, pediatric oral health



Evidence-Based Quality Improvement
Clinical Systems Analysis and Design
Leadership in Complex Systems
MSN & DNP Nursing Administration Residency
Capstone Clinical & Capstone Project
Using Data to Make Decisions