Debbie Kisner, PhD, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC

Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

debbie-kisnerDebbie Kisner, PhD, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, has more than 35 years of experience as a nurse. She holds an associate’s degree from the Community College of Baltimore County – Essex campus, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, a master’s degree in education from Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate from Kennedy-Western University in Wyoming.

She has spent about three decades in a variety of nursing leadership roles at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. In 2016, she was promoted to vice president and chief nursing officer, after serving as vice president of nursing operations since 2013.

In her new role, Kisner works closely with nursing, leadership, physicians, and support services to remove barriers to patient care and improve patient outcomes. She believes in transformational leadership and empowering nurses at all levels to have a voice in decision making that directly influences safety, quality, and nursing practice.

Kisner believes in hiring exceptional nurses, providing them with a comprehensive orientation, and giving them opportunities for professional growth and development. She is a mentor for both the leadership team and the staff and continually aims to mold future nurse leaders.

Kisner holds certifications as a Nurse Executive, an Operating Room Nurse, and a Six Sigma Green Belt. She is a member of the Maryland Organization of Nurse Executives (MONE), the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), and the American Nurses Association (ANA).