Leeanna McKibben, MSN, RN

  • Chief of Staff, Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences

Leeanna McKibben, MSN, RN, joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2021 as chief of staff for Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, senior vice chancellor for the health sciences (SVCHS) and John and Gertrude Petersen Dean, School of Medicine. As a member of the SVCHS senior leadership team and senior-most staff member in the SVCHS office, Ms. McKibben works to advance the top priorities of the health sciences. These include internal and external relationships and Pitt’s partnership with UPMC.

Ms. McKibben served for 23 years at UPMC, most recently as the vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at UPMC Mercy. Her scope of oversight included all nursing and patient care services, including emergency, burn, addiction, and psychiatric services. Additionally, she was responsible for pharmacy, case management, quality, infection control, regulatory, risk management, patient safety, and clinical informatics.

Under her leadership, the hospital achieved excellence in numerous quality outcomes, including Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke designation and Geriatric Emergency Department accreditation. In prior executive roles, she helped lead her organizations to two Magnet Recognition designations, considered the most prestigious recognition of nursing excellence. In addition to nursing, she has served in human resources and finance capacities with experience in academic, community, and provider settings.

Ms. McKibben earned a MS in nursing administration and leadership and a BS in nursing from Chatham University. She is a doctoral candidate in healthcare administration with a focus on data analytics utilization to guide decision-making. Ms. McKibben holds certification in executive nursing practice through the American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL) and is an active member of AONL, Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders, and Sigma Theta Tau International. She was awarded a 2013 University of Pittsburgh Cameo of Caring Management Advanced Practice and a 2006 DAISY Award. She is currently the board president for the American Heart Association Southwestern Pennsylvania Region.