Robert D. Rosenthal

Kathleen Gallo, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN

Dean and Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies
Executive Vice President and Chief Learning Officer, Northwell Health


Dr. Kathleen Gallo is founding dean of the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. During her tenure as dean, the school has developed two master’s programs, four postgraduate advanced certificate programs, one professional development program, and, most recently, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, which will begin in fall 2021.

Dr. Gallo is also executive vice president and chief learning officer for Northwell Health. Under her leadership, the Center for Learning and Innovation (Northwell Health’s corporate university) and the Patient Safety Institute were created to transform the health system into a learning organization by strategically focusing on workforce development. Within Northwell Health, Dr. Gallo has served as system director for emergency medicine and vice president for emergency medical services. She has more than 25 years’ experience in emergency nursing, having held a variety of clinical and administrative positions in tertiary care hospitals on Long Island.

Dr. Gallo serves on the advisory board for the Executive Program in Work-Based Learning Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania and is former chair of the Quality Committee for the Council for Accreditation, Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She is an associate professor of science education at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and an associate adjunct professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

A noted author and speaker, Dr. Gallo has collaborated with Dr. Lawrence Smith, dean of the Zucker School of Medicine in a Springer publication titled Building a Culture of Patient Safety Through Simulation: An Interprofessional Learning Model. She also speaks on a wide range of topics, presenting “Embrace Disruption, Enable Innovation,” “Future Workforce Requirements,” “Preparing Tomorrow’s Clinicians for Tomorrow’s Healthcare System,” “Enhancing Patient Safety Through Interprofessional Education and Collaboration,” “Heralding in a New Era: Patient Safety at the Forefront,” “Transforming Healthcare into Higher Reliability Organizations,” and “Creating a Culture of Safety: Lessons Learned from Aviation.”

Dr. Gallo is a member of the AACN-AONE Advisory Committee, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, DNP Founders Circle, the American Nurses Foundation Board of Trustees, and the National Advisory Council for the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, and previously served on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Futures Task Force and National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine, and is a distinguished scholar and fellow of the National Academies of Practice. She was inducted into the 2005 Hall of Fame at Adelphi University School of Nursing, received the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award from Stony Brook University (SUNY), and in 2018 was honored as a Living Legend by Adelphi University. Dr. Gallo was profiled by Chief Learning Officer magazine for its July/August 2018 cover story and was listed among 2018’s Notable Women in Health Care by Crain’s New York Business.

Kathleen Gallo holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Excelsior College; a Master of Science (Nursing) from Stony Brook University (SUNY); a PhD (Nursing) from Adelphi University, Garden City, NY; and a Master of Business Administration, also from Adelphi University. Dr. Gallo and her husband, Len, live in Connecticut with their goldendoodle, Champ. They have two sons, Thomas and his wife Amanda, and Matthew and his wife Jaclyn, and six beautiful grandchildren.

The Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies aims to be the global leader in interprofessional education that prepares the next generation of practice nurses and physician assistants. The school incorporates the diverse academic programs and infrastructure of Hofstra University, as well as the significant clinical activities and educational resources of Northwell Health.

In fall 2021, a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing will enroll its first students and join the existing Master of Science degrees in Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Cardiovascular Sciences and Perfusion Medicine, Physician Assistant Studies, a dual Bachelor of Science in PA studies, and advanced certificate programs in Family Nurse Practitioner Advanced Certificate, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Advanced Certificate, and Registered Nurse First Assistant Advanced Certificate. The new BS in Nursing will continue the innovative, holistic, patient-centered approach pioneered more than a decade ago when Hofstra and Northwell Health launched the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine. This educational model emphasizes community-based care and is committed to educating healthcare professionals whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of our region.