President & CEO, Stephanie L. Ferguson and Associates, LLC

Stephanie Ferguson, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP is Founder, CEO and President of Stephanie L. Ferguson & Associates, LLC, a global health consulting firm with more than 35 years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating health-related strategic plans and programs.For more than 20 years, Dr. Ferguson has worked in 100+ nations as a technical advisor, consultant and facilitator for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Council of Nurses (ICN).

  • At WHO, she develops resolutions and initiatives, including “Strengthening Nursing and Midwifery,” progress reports, leadership development programs for ministers of health, and universal health coverage and health workforce strategies.
  • She serves as a Washington, DC-based technical advisor for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), WHO’s Regional Office for the Americas, to develop the Strategic Direction for Nursing and Regional Strategy for Human Resources for Health in the Americas.
  • As a PAHO consultant, she evaluated the Caribbean Health Cooperation Strategy (CCH III) in 22 nations and made recommendations for the way forward (CCH IV).
  • At ICN from 2000-2015, Dr. Ferguson directed the Leadership for Change Programme and the Global Nursing Leadership Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Ferguson’s professional leadership and community service activities include:

  • Board member and member of the Finance Committee, Bon Secours Health System, Inc.
  • Elected member, National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), where she was recently appointed to advise the incoming presidential administration on global health and the future role of the United States
  • Elected Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow, National Academies of Practice
  • Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, where she served as Chair of the Institute for Nursing Leadership’s National Advisory Council
  • Honorary board member, G4 Alliance for Safe Surgical Care
  • Former member, Nursing Economic$ editorial board and Director of the journal’s Global Health Department
  • Former member, US Catholic Health Association Board of Trustees
  • Former member, Catholic Medical Mission Board of Directors

In 1996, President Bill Clinton appointed Dr. Ferguson a White House Fellow, and she currently serves as the VP of the White House Fellows Foundation and Alumni Association. In 2001, US Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson appointed her to the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Ferguson’s current faculty appointments:

  • Consulting Associate Professor, Bing Stanford in Washington Program for Stanford University
  • Professor, Lynchburg College, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance and School of Nursing, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Affiliate faculty member at the Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Nursing in Richmond, Virginia

Dr. Ferguson received her PhD from the University of Virginia in 1996, a Master’s Degree from the Medical College of Virginia at the Virginia Commonwealth University in 1987 and her BSN from the University of Virginia in 1985.