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Wisam Hanna Executive In Residence and Professorial Lecturer, OGPS Health Studies

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CAS - Health Studies
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Additional Positions at AU
Executive in Residence
Program Director - Masters in Healthcare Management
The George Washington University, PhD in Translational Health Sciences<br><br>Babson College, MBA (Entrepreneurship)<br><br>Christian Brothers University, BS Accounting / Information Technology Management

Languages Spoken
Arabic, French, Italian
Book Currently Reading
Tools of Titans
Sam is the Executive in Residence and Program Director of the master’s in healthcare management at American University in Washington, DC. He is an industry visionary and has developed a unique approach of bringing key industry best practices that represent the future direction of where the entire healthcare industry is headed. He is a sought-after advisor, mentor and speaker, and has provided consulting services to various organizations in the governments, industry, startup and the non-for-profit fields.

Prior to his role at American University, he was a Professor in the field of Healthcare Management, Policy & Strategy and the Program Director of the Master of Science in Management of Healthcare Informatics and Analytics (MHIA) at The George Washington University’s School of Public Health. Sam held key leadership roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He was the leader of the Health Reform program office tasked with determining the consulting firm’s response to policy changes impacting the healthcare field and clients. He also led the firm’s New Venture Incubator where he was responsible for creating strategic integrated solutions that brought multi-competency skills, tools and technologies to clients. In that capacity, he was responsible for designing, developing and enabling over $500M in new revenue and partnerships. While he was leading these strategic initiatives, Sam continued to serve clients in order to apply his knowledge and to remain focused on their needs. He is recognized nationally for his expertise in Project and Program Management, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Business Continuity, Complex Clinical & Financial Systems Implementations, HIPAA, ARRA/ HITECH, Audit, Risks and Governance Consulting, and the Convergence of the business of healthcare with IT. Mr. Hanna excels as an Enterprise Architect and has a keen sense of emerging market trends and is able to effectively apply his expertise to his client’s needs. He has done extensive work in converging healthcare and financial services to optimize the value to the health consumer and has facilitated industry altering mergers and combinations.

Prior to PwC, he led the healthcare advisory practice for Deloitte in North and South Carolina where he successfully built and grew the practice to be the dominant professional services firm in that territory. Prior to that, he was the Manager of Internal Audit, as well as the Director of Strategic Business Continuity Services for Dana Farber Cancer Institute. In that role, he focused on mitigating the top risks to the organization and ensuring continuity of operations. He also was responsible for rolling out HIPAA across the organization and acted as the Chief HIPAA Security and Privacy Officer. Dana Farber is a Harvard Medical School Teaching Affiliate and a Harvard University Comprehensive Cancer Center in Boston, MA.

Mr. Hanna is an entrepreneur at heart. He has also owned, led and participated in many successful entrepreneurial businesses and ventures. As part of his entrepreneurial drive, he enjoys educating and coaching others on the topic. He has served as an adjunct professor at several colleges in universities including The George Washington University School of Public Health, Univ. of North Carolina, Boston University, Regis College and Lasell College. He has taught many subjects including graduate and undergraduate courses in Strategic Management, Leadership, Negotiations, Informatics, Project Management, Technology Strategy and Entrepreneurship.
Mr. Hanna is holds a PhD in Translational Health Sciences from The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He holds a graduate degree (MBA) from Babson College with a focus in Entrepreneurship and a dual degree from Christian Brothers University in Accounting and Information Technology Management. In addition, he holds a certificate of leadership and management from Harvard Business School. He also holds many certification and credentials including Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Controls (CRISC). He is active in the local chapters of the following organization: ACHE, HIMSS, HFMA, DRII, The IIA and ISACA.
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Fall 2021

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