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Kisha Hortman Hawthorne, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Ms.. Hawthorne serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where she has oversight of a 550-employee information services (IS) department.

Her healthcare career spans over 16 years, with extensive experience in hospital operations, information services, revenue cycle, and project management. Working collaboratively with the IS Executive Committee and other CHOP senior leaders, Ms. Hawthorne manages an enterprise-wide portfolio of over 90 IS projects annually. In addition to her operational leadership, she participates on governance committees, leads IS oversight and leadership groups, and provides regular updates to the CHOP Board of Directors. Overall, Ms. Hawthorne ensures that Information Services is supporting CHOP's strategic initiatives, protecting patient safety and promoting information security. In previous roles, Ms. Hawthorne served as Associate Chief Information Officer and Assistant Vice President of Health Information Management (HIM) and information system business operations. In addition, she previously served as administrator of the patient management services and special procedures area at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois. Ms. Hawthorne completed her Administrative Fellowship with VHA, Inc., in Las Colinas, Texas. She was named one of the “Most Influential Women in Health IT” for 2019 by Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, also known as HIMSS. Ms. Hawthorne was one of five 2019 award recipients recognized for playing an integral role in making the health information and technology workforce a better place. She was also recognized for being a collaborative energetic leader and championing the use of health information and technology to improve patient care delivery. Ms. Hawthorne is currently a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biological science from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, a Master’s of Health Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, and a Ph.D. in information studies from Drexel University.