Janet Porter (2020)
Janet Porter, PhD, has 40 years of experience as a hospital administrator, teacher, association executive, consultant and public health leader. She joined Stroudwater Associates in 2012, and serves as a strategy, operational and leadership development consultant to academic medical centers, specialty hospitals, physician practices, pharmaceutical companies and national associations. She was elected to the Stroudwater Associates board of directors in 2015.
Dr. Porter served as the Chief Operating Officer of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; the Associate Dean of Executive Education at University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health; the Interim CEO of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA); and the Vice President, and then COO of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
With a strong belief in servant leadership, Dr. Porter has served on numerous boards. She currently serves on the AARP board of directors, the Foster McGaw Committee of the American Hospital Association, the High Value Healthcare Collaborative Board of Advisors, the Health Policy Issues Group and the Ohio State University Alumni (OSU) Association Board of Directors. She has served on the AARP National Policy Council, the World of Children Board of Directors, the Commission for Accreditation on Health Management Education, the National Center for Healthcare Leadership and Robert Wood Johnson Expert Panel on Public Health. She has been an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige Award and has completed Intermountain Healthcare System’s Advanced Training Program.
Dr. Porter is an active volunteer at the local level having served in leadership roles on the boards of organizations such as United Way, Big Sisters, Hospice Care of the Lowcountry and Raising a Reader. In recognition for her volunteer work, Dr. Porter has received the Mershon Award from OSUAA and the Alan Brass Leadership Award from the OSU Health Management Program.
A popular speaker, Dr. Porter's recent presentations include those at the American College of Healthcare Executives Congress, the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Cleveland Clinic, the Center for the Advance of Palliative Care and the Singapore Health Management Congress. She has served on the faculties of Harvard University, University of Minnesota and University of Colorado. She is currently an adjunct professor at University of Miami, Ohio State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also faculty co-director of the IHI’s Leading Quality Program and teaches in Harvard Medical School’s Palliative Care Leadership program. She has authored over thirty articles and book chapters; she was the founding co-author of the national column The Management Moment for the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice; and she recently co-authored the book Managing the Public Health Enterprise.
Dr. Porter has a BS and an MHA from The Ohio State University and an MBA and PhD in health care strategy from the University of Minnesota. She and her husband, Jim O’Sullivan, live in Hilton Head, SC.