Lisa M. Colombo, DNP, MHA, RN

I am proof: You can remove a nurse from direct patient care, but you can never remove the nurse’s lens from everything he or she does.


The nurse’s lens has guided all aspects of my professional journey in nursing and health care management—the motivation to serve and advocate for others, the drive to protect the health and safety of patients, the respect for data and devotion to learning, the foundational ethics and commitment to social justice.

These are the traits that continue to sustain and guide me each day in my role as executive vice chancellor of Commonwealth Medicine (CWM), the consulting division of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

As CWM’s chief executive, I’m privileged to lead an extraordinary team of clinical, data, service delivery, and health policy experts in delivering innovative solutions that help public health and human service organizations serve their most vulnerable populations.

Every day, I draw on knowledge gained over more than 20 years’ experience in health care. In addition to nursing, this includes administration, financial management, strategic planning, accreditation standards, business development, quality and safety control, and staff development.

My background also includes teaching doctoral-level courses at the UMass Chan Medical School Graduate School of Nursing and serving as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Healthcare Quality and the Journal of Advanced Nursing.

We face enormous challenges in health care. That’s why I’m very excited to lead an organization deeply committed to the very idea of public health and helping to transform lives by delivering care where it matters most.