Faculty Experts

Thomas H. Dennison

Professor of Practice Emeritus, Public Administration and International Affairs

Thomas Dennison is a Professor of Practice Emeritus of Public Administration and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research. Tom is also the Director of Maxwell’s certificate program in Health Services Management and Policy, and Director of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion. He has a broad, real-world perspective on health care systems, having served as chief executive officer of a hospital, administrator of a nursing home, and executive director of a network of ambulatory care centers. His teaching and research focus on the administration, financing, and delivery of health care in ways that promote and improve the health of both patients and communities.

Previously, Dennison served as the Director for PricewaterhouseCoopers, advising government and local agencies on health care delivery, with a particular emphasis on home health care, community-based services, and long-term care. He is active in current policy discourse as chair of the Onondaga County Department of Health Advisory Board. He is engaged with the health care delivery system as chair of the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York, as well as chair of Partners in Franciscan Ministries, the parent of the health care and educational ministries of the Sisters of St. Francis.

Dennison earned his Bachelor’s degree in management from Syracuse University, a Master’s degree in hospital administration from George Washington University and a Doctorate in health planning and administration from Penn State University in 1987.