Patrick Palmieri


Director, Evidence-Based Care South America: A Joanna Briggs Institute Affiliated Group & Senior Research Scientist 

South American Center for Qualitative Research & Universidad Norbert Wiener

Dr. Palmieri is a nurse leader, global health expert, and research methodologist with more than 25 years of work experience in academia and industry. He is the first nurse researcher certified at the highest category by the Peruvian National Committee for Science, Technology, and Innovation (CONCYTEC). After serving as the Dean of the School of Nursing and the Vice Chancellor for Research at the Universidad Norbert Wiener, Dr. Palmieri transitioned to lead the newly funded South America Center for Qualitative Research. In addition, he serves as the director for the Evidence-Based Health Care South America: A Joanna Briggs Institute Affiliated Group. Through these centers, Dr. Palmieri is actively engaged in research focused on people living with HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and chronic disease management. 

Previously, Dr. Palmieri served as the vice president for risk management at the largest insurance company in Peru. In addition, he co-led a $300+ million project resulting in the largest vertically integrated health care delivery system in Peru; and he led the first successful international hospital accreditation in Peruvian history. Following this project, Dr. Palmieri was the first Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer in Peru, and the first nurse to hold an executive level position in a health system or hospital. Furthermore, he established the first funded clinical practice and leadership fellowships for nurses in South America at Clinica Santa Isabel (Lima, Peru). Through this project, nurses advanced into executive level roles for the first time in Peru.

Dr. Palmieri has served on the committees of more than 40 doctoral research committees. He has authored books, book chapters, and peer-reviewed articles, and presented at conferences in more than 40 countries. Also, he is an associate editor for four leading journals in public health, global health, nursing, and implementation science and editorial board member for six other journals. Dr. Palmieri currently represents the United States as a member of the Risk and Audit Committee at the International Council of Nurses. He is also the immediate past chairman of the Sigma Foundation for Nursing. Following induction into the prestigious American Academy of Nursing for significant scholarly contributions to advancing positive social change in South America through health policy engagement and quality improvement outcomes, Dr. Palmieri was the first Peruvian nurse to be awarded an honorary doctoral degree by a Peruvian university (Universidad Maria Auxiliadora).

Dr. Palmieri completed a two-year postdoctoral program in Caring Science, mentored by Dr. Jean Watson at the Watson Caring Science Institute. In addition, he earned a doctoral degree in global health from A. T. Still University, a postgraduate diploma in evidence-based health care from the University of Oxford, and a doctoral certificate in nursing science from the Graduate School at Duke University. His other educational credentials include: Ed.S. in educational technology (University of Missouri); postgraduate certificate in teaching (University of Pennsylvania); M.S.N. in acute care nurse practitioner, specialization in nephrology (Vanderbilt University); M.B.A. in leadership and B.A. in management (Saint Leo University); A.A. in liberal arts (Pasco-Hernando State College). In addition, he completed three fully funded fellowships: Information technology fellow (Duke Health System); Executive fellow in patient safety (Virginia Commonwealth University), and Health administration fellow (Avera Health).

Dr. Palmieri lives in Bolivia, Peru, and the United States with his wife, an accomplished economist, and young daughter.