Kenneth White, PhD, A/GACNP-BC, FACHE, FAAN

University of Virginia Medical Center Professorship in Nursing
Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships and Innovation at the School of Nursing

Department: Acute & Specialty Care

Office: CMNEB 3105
Phone: (434) 924-0091
Fax: (434) 924-2787

Ken White, Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships and Innovation at the School of Nursing, holds the University of Virginia Medical Center Professorship in Nursing with joint appointments in the McIntire School of Commerce and the Darden School of Business.

With more than forty years of experience in healthcare organizations in clinical, administrative, governance, and consulting capacities, Dr. White spent 13 with Mercy Health Services as senior executive in marketing, operations, and international healthcare consulting before pivoting into academia. Between 1995 and 2001, he served as the associate director of the MHA and MSHA programs at Virginia Commonwealth University, and from 2001 to 2008, as the director of VCU's MHA program. White was the inaugural Charles P. Cardwell, Jr., Professor of Health Administration at VCU between 2006 and 2008, and was named the inaugural Sentara Healthcare Professor in 2012, before arriving at the University of Virginia in mid-2013. 

Dr. White is a registered nurse, adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, and Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. He is also a Fellow, former Regent and member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds visiting professorships at the LUISS Business School in Rome, Italy and the Swiss School of Public Health, in Lugano, Switzerland.

Research Focus

Describing and defining healthcare organization outcomes that vary by ownership type; improving palliative care education for nurses and physicians, and developing interventions that improve quality of life for people with life-limiting diseases or conditions.

Clinical Focus

Palliative care.

Teaching Focus

Master’s courses: management of healthcare organizations; quality, safety, and risk management; leadership; palliative care. PhD courses: organizational theory.


Journal Articles

White, K.R. (2014). Interview with Kenneth R. White, PhD, FACHE, Associate Dean for Strategic Partnersh(1), 3-8.

Shay, P., & White, K.R. (2013). Executive compensation in health care: A systematic review. Health Care Management Review, , Advance online publication. 1-13. doi:10.1097/hmr.0b013e3182915e44

White, K.R. (2013). When institutions collide: The competing forces of hospitals sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church. Religions, 4(1), 14-29. doi:10.3390/rel4010014

White, K.R., McClelland, L., VanderWielen, L, & Coyne, P.J. (2013). Voices from the bedside: Palliative nurses’ perceptions of current practices and challenges. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 15(6), 360-365. doi:10.1097/NJH.0b013e3182988711

White, K.R., Coyne, P., & White, S. (2012). Are Hospice and Palliative Nurses Adequately Prepared for End-of-Life Care. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 14(2), 133-140.

Begun, J.W., White, K.R., & Mosser, G. (2011). Interprofessional Care Teams: The Role of the Healthcare Administrator. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 25, 119-123.

White, K.R., Lemak, C.H., & Griffith, J.R. (2011). Improving Healthcare Management Education: Using Principles from Baldrige and Evidence-Based Management. Journal of Health Administration Education, 28(3), 187-207.

White, K.R., & Coyne, P. (2011). Nurses’ Perceptions of Educational Gaps in End-of-Life Care. Oncology Nursing Forum, 38(6), 711-717.

White, K.R., Thompson, S., & Griffith, J.R. (2011). Transforming the Dominant Logic of Hospitals. Advances in Health Care Management, 11, 133-145.

White, K.R., Chou, T.-H., & Dandi, R. (2010). Catholic Hospital Services for Vulnerable Populations: Are System Values Sufficient Determinants. Health Care Management Review, 35(2), 175-186.

White, K.R., & Dandi, R. (2009). Intrasectoral Variation in Mission and Values: The Case of the Catholic Health Systems. Health Care Management Review, 34(1), 68-79.

White, K.R., & Begun, J.W. (2009). The Evolution of Healthcare Management Education: How Can Programs Become More Patient-Centric. Journal of Health Administration Education, 26(2), 143-151.

White, K.R., & Vetrovec, L.A. (2008). Recruitment and Selection of Graduate Health Administration Students: Opportunities and Strategies. Journal of Health Administration Education, 25(4), 355-368.

White, K.R., & Begun, J.W. (2006). Preceptor and Employer Evaluation of Health Administration Student Competencies. Journal of Health Administration Education, 23(1), 53-68.

Begun, J.W., Tornabeni, J., & White, K.R. (2006). Opportunities for Improving Patient Care through Lateral Integration: The Clinical Nurse Leader. Journal of Healthcare Management, 51(1), 19-25.

White, K.R., Begun, J.W., & Tian, W. (2006). Hospital Services Offerings: Does Catholic Ownership Matter. Health Care Management Review, 31(2), 99-108.

White, K.R., Stover, K.G., Cassel, B., & Smith, T. (2006). Nonclinical Outcomes of Hospital-Based Palliative Care. Journal of Healthcare Management, 51(4), 260-274.

White, K.R., Clement, D.G., & Nayar, P. (2006). Evidence-Based Healthcare Management Competency Evaluation: Alumni Perceptions. Journal of Health Administration Education, 23(3), 249-264.

Roggenkamp, S.D., White, K.R., & Bazzoli, G.J. (2005). Adoption of Hospital Case Management: Institutional and Economic Influences. Social Science and Medicine, 60(11), 2489-2500.

Griffith, J.R., & White, K.R. (2005). The Revolution in Hospital Management. Journal of Healthcare Management, 50(3), 170-190.

White, K.R., Bazzoli, G.J., Roggenkamp, S.D., & Gu, T. (2005). Does Case Management Matter as a Hospital Cost-Control Strategy. Health Care Management Review, 30(1), 32-43.

Legg, J.S., Clement, D.G., & White, K.R. (2004). Are Women with Self-Reported Cognitive Limitation at Risk for Underutilization of Mammography. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 15(4), 688-702.

White, K.R., Cochran, C.E., & Patel, U.B. (2002). Hospital Provision of End-of-Life Services: Who, What, and Where. Medical Care, 40(1), 17-25.

Clement, J.P., White, K.R., & Valdmanis, V. (2002). Charity Care: Do Not-for-Profits Influence For-Profits. Medical Care Research and Review, 59(1), 59-78.

Cochran, C.E., & White, K.R. (2002). Does Catholic Sponsorship Matter. Health Progress, 83(1), 14-16, 50.

White, K.R., Roggenkamp, S.D, & LeBlanc, A. (2002). Urban U. S. Hospitals and the Mission to Provide HIV-Related Services: Changes and Correlates. Journal of Healthcare Management, 47(1), 27-40.

White, K.R. (2002). Experiential Learning in Health Administration: A New Approach for New Times. Journal of Health Administration Education, 20(2), 101-111.

Clement, J.P., Dodd-McCue, D., White, K.R., Clement, D.G., & Mick, S.S. (2001). Going the distance: The evolution of VCU's executive distance learning program over 12 years. Journal of Health Administration Education, 19(1), 33-50.

White, K.R., & Coyne, P, & Patel. U. (2001). Are Nurses Adequately Prepared for End-of-Life Care. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 33(2), 161-165.

White, K.R., Thompson, J.M., & Patel, U.B. (2001). Hospital Marketing Orientation and Managed Care Processes: Are They Coordinated. Journal of Healthcare Management, 46(5), 327-337.

Roggenkamp, S.D., & White, K.R. (2001). Is Hospital Case Management a Rationalized Myth? Social Science & Medicine, 53(8), 1057-1066.

Berrey, A.L., & White, K.R. (2000). Searching for the New Medicine. American Journal of Nursing, 100(9), 1-45.

Wax, W.A. & White, K.R. (2000). A Short History of a Long Tradition - Qi: The Basis of Chinese Medicine. American Journal of Nursing, 100(9), 42-43.

White, K.R. (2000). Hospitals Sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church: Separate, Equal, and Distinct. Milbank Quarterly, 78(2), 213-239.

White, K.R., Wax, W.A., & Berrey, A. (2000). Accelerated Second Degree Advanced Practice Nurses: How Do They Fare in the Job Market. Nursing Outlook, 48, 218-222.

White, K.R., & Begun, J.W. (1999). How Does Catholic Hospital Sponsorship Affect Services Provided. Inquiry, 35(4), 398-407.

Chinnis, A., & White, K.R. (1999). Challenging the Dominant Logic of Emergency Departments: Guidelines from Chaos Theory. The Journal of Emergency Medicine, 17(6), 1049-1054.

Begun, J.W., & White, K.R. (1999). The Profession of Nursing as a Complex Adaptive System: Strategies for Change. In Research in the Sociology of Health Care 16, JAI Press, 189-203.

White, K.R., & Begun, J.W. (1998). Nursing Entrepreneurship in an Era of Chaos and Complexity. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 22(2), 40-47.

Roggenkamp, S.D., & White, K.R. (1998). Four Nurse Entrepreneurs: What Motivated Them to Start Their Own Businesses. Health Care Management Review, 23(3), 67-75.

Vicenzi, A., White, K.R., & Begun, J.W. (1997). Re-Thinking Chaos in Nursing: Applying the New Science of Complexity. American Journal of Nursing, 97(10), 26-32.

Yeh, J., White, K.R., & Ozcan, Y.A. (1997). Efficiency Evaluation of Community-Based Youth Programs in Virginia. Community Mental Health Journal, 33(6), 487-499.

White, K.R., & Mark, B.A. (1997). Graduate Management Education for Nurses: A Comparative Study. Journal of Health Administration Education, 15(4), 251-263.

White, K.R., Munro, C.L., & Boyle, A.H. (1996). Nursing Management of Adults Who Have Cystic Fibrosis. Journal of MedSurg Nursing, 5(3), 163-167.

White, K.R. & Ozcan, Y.A. (1996). Church Ownership and Hospital Efficiency. Hospital & Health Services Administration, 41(3), 297-310.

White, K.R., & Begun, J.W. (1996). Profession Building in the New Health Care System. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 20(3), 79-89.

White, K.R. (1995). Building Culturally Diverse Management Teams. Health Progress, (44-48), 1.

White, K.R. (1995). The Transition from Victim to Victor: Application of the Theory of Mastery. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, 33(8), 41-44.

Begun, J.W., & White, K.R. (1995). Altering Nursing's Dominant Logic: Guidelines from Complex Adaptive Systems Theory. Complexity and Chaos in Nursing, 2(1), 5-15.

White, K.R., Munro, C.L., & Pickler, R.H. (1995). Therapeutic Implications of Recent Advances in Cystic Fibrosis. MCN - The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, 20(6), 304-308.

Fochtman, M. & White, K. (1994). Supply and Demand for Nurses in the United States Territory of Guam: Towards the Year 1996. Human Resource Development in Nursing: A Collection of Essays. Manila, Philippines. World Health Organization, 1.


White, K.R., & Lindsey, J.S. (2014). Take Charge of Your Healthcare Management Career: 50 Lessons that Guarantee Success.. Chicago: Health Administration Press.

White, K.R., & Griffith, J.R. (2010). The Well-Managed Healthcare Organization, (7th Ed.).. Chicago: Health Administration Press.

Griffith, J.R., & White, K.R. (2007). The Well-Managed Healthcare Organization. (6thEd.).. Chicago: Health Administration Press.

Griffith, J. R., & White, K. R., Cahill, P.A. (2003). Thinking Forward: Six Strategies for Highly Successful Organizations.. Chicago: Health Administration Press.

Griffith, J.R., & White, K.R. (2002). The Well-Managed Healthcare Organization. (5th Ed.).. Chicago: Health Administration Press.

Book Sections

Hamric, A. B., Epstein, E. G., & White, K. R. (2013). Moral distress and the healthcare organization.. In G. Filerman, A. Mills, & P. Schyve (Eds.), Managerial ethics in healthcare: A new perspective (pp. 137-57). Chicago, IL: Health Administration Press.

Liu, X., Watts, C., & White, K. R. (2013). The changing health care system and its implications for the PACU.. In Odom-Forren, J. (Ed.), Drain’s perianesthesia nursing: A critical care approach (pp. 56-69). Philadephia, PA: W.B. Sanders Company

Chou, T.-H., Ozcan, Y.A., & White, K.R. (2012). Technical and scale efficiencies of Catholic hospitals: Does a system value of stewardship matter?. In E. Tanfani & A. Testi (Eds.), Advanced decision making methods applied to health care (pp. 83-101). New York: Springer Publishers

White, K.R. & Cassel, J.B. (2009). “The Business Case for a Hospital Palliative Care Unit: Justifying its Continued Existence” in Evidence-Based Management in Healthcare, Kovner, A., Fine, D., & D’Aquila, R.. In , (pp. ). eds., Chicago: Health Administration Press, pp. 171-180.

White, K.R., Clement, D.G., & Stover, K.G. (2008). "Healthcare Professionals" in Human Resources Management in Healthcare: Managing for Success, 3rd Ed.. In , (pp. ). Chicago: AUPHA/Health Administration Press, eds. Fried, B., & Fottler, M., pp. 71-97.

Mick, S.S., & White, K.R. (2007). “Health Care Professionals” in Introduction to Health Services (7th Ed.).. In , (pp. ). Albany, NY: Delmar Press, eds., Williams, S.J., & P.R. Torrens, pp. 266-294.

White, K.R. (1999). "Health Care Economics and Delivery" in Fundamentals of Nursing (2nd Ed.).. In , (pp. ). Stamford, CT: Appleton & Lange.