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Appointment of New Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive

By Jeff Smith, MD, JD, MMM, Executive Vice President, Hospital Operations, and Chief Operating Officer, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

David Marshall

David R. Marshall, JD, DNP, RN, CENP, NEA-BC, NHDP-BC

I am delighted to announce the appointment of David R. Marshall, JD, DNP, RN, CENP, NEA-BC, NHDP-BC as senior vice president and chief nursing executive at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Marshall brings more than three decades of nursing leadership experience, a track record of organizational achievement and a genuine dedication to compassionate care.

Dr. Marshall currently serves as system chief nursing and patient care services executive for the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, also known as UTMB Health. He began his nursing career at UTMB Health as a staff nurse in 1983 before advancing to assistant head nurse, nurse manager, nursing supervisor, nurse administrator and director of Nursing. In 2001, he assumed the role of chief nursing and patient care services officer.

During 36 years with UTMB Health, Dr. Marshall made major contributions to the academic health sciences center. He was part of the leadership team that led UTMB Health back from Hurricane Ike after it devastated the Gulf Coast in 2008. In the hurricane's aftermath, Dr. Marshall served as an important public face and voice of confidence for the hospital, keeping patients and the community informed about progress to restore services. And he led the effort for UTMB Health to regain Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2012, an achievement that has been sustained since that time.

Those who have worked with Dr. Marshall know that, above all, he is dedicated to his profession. He leads with a deep sense of caring and a strong desire to support nurses in their daily work. He has brought that commitment and passion to leadership posts with numerous professional organizations at the local, state and national levels, including the Committee on Practice Issues for the Texas Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics.

In 2017 he was appointed to a four-year term on the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Magnet® Recognition Program. He also has served on the board of directors of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and in January began a three-year term as treasurer. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

In addition to bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing, Dr. Marshall earned his doctor of nursing practice degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. He also holds a law degree from South Texas College of Law Houston.

Dr. Marshall joins Cedars-Sinai on June 3. He succeeds Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, who is transitioning into the new role of chief health equity officer. Dr. Burnes Bolton, health system chief nursing executive, senior vice president for Nursing and chief nursing officer, has provided extraordinary service and leadership during 48 years with Cedars-Sinai. In recognition of her contributions, she was awarded in 2016 the inaugural James R. Klinenberg, MD, and Lynn Klinenberg Linkin Chair in Nursing, the organization’s first endowed chair in nursing.