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Laura A. Fennimore

Acute & Tertiary Care


Dr. 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 Health Systems Executive Leadership program. She was  an adjunct instructor for Pitt Nursing for more than five 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 served as the Director of Clinical Programs responsible for case management services 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 several leadership positions at UPMC Presbyterian including clinical instructor, nurse manager, director of oncology disease management, director of nursing, and the director of organizational development and nursing education and research. Dr. Fennimore serves as a faculty member for the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Summit. She was a leadership mentor in the Maternal-Child Health Leadership Academy sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau. She has published in the Journal of Nursing Administration, the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Nursing Clinics of North America, the Journal of Emergency Nursing, and the Journal of Nursing Care Quality.  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 seven years.  Dr. Fennimore will serve as the president of the Oncology Nursing Society from 2018-2020. In addition, she is an active member in 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

Health Systems Executive Leadership

Scholarly Emphasis

Organizational leadership, nursing education, , oncology, palliative care, managed care, care coordination association management. 


Evidence-Based Management & Quality Improvement
Data Analytics & Clinical Systems Design
Leadership in Complex Systems
Healthcare Quality
MSN & DNP Nursing Administration Residency
DNP Project
Using Data to Make Decisions
Transitions to Practice