Kevin Sowers, RN, MSN
Kevin W. Sowers, RN, MSN, serves as Duke University Hospital's president. He has held administrative positions within the Duke University Health System for more than 20 years. He began his career at Duke University Hospital at the bedside and served as a nursing leader in oncology beginning in 1986.
From 2003 to 2009 Sowers was Duke University Hospital’s chief operating officer. He also served as interim chief executive officer in 2008-2009 and, later, chief executive officer. In these roles, his responsibilities included integration and implementation of DUH’s strategic plan in collaboration with the physician practice group. Through a clinical service unit structure, in his role as COO he provided management oversight for the development of high-quality, cost-effective, and integrated clinical programs within the hospital. He facilitated the organizational Six Sigma initiatives to improve the performance of the organization in clinical quality, patient satisfaction, work culture, and finance, utilizing the balanced scorecard as the tool for measuring organizational success.
Under his leadership, Duke University Hospital received approval for major renovations to the emergency department, a modernization and expansion of the operating rooms, development of a pediatric cardiac care unit, expansion of the intensive care nursery, and construction of a new ICU/OR bed tower and cancer center.
He is internationally known for his lectures and writings on the issues of leadership, organizational change, mentorship, cancer care, and HIV. His clinical research has focused on the human responses to chronic illness.
Sowers serves as an adjunct faculty member to Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, the University of North Carolina's MPH program, and the Duke University School of Nursing's graduate program.
His professional honors include receiving the Duke University School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award and induction into the American Academy of Nursing. He has also served in a variety of leadership roles at the national level within the Oncology Nursing Society.