Mary Ann Camilleri, JD, BSN, RN, FACHE

Senior Lecturer in Nursing
Director, Leadership DNP Program



Dr. Camilleri’s career expertise is in the areas of healthcare law and regulation and executive management including operations, organizational redesign, quality and patient safety and innovative health care delivery models.

Dr. Camilleri has held senior management positions in acute, post-acute, and rehabilitation settings, responsible for clinical, operations, regulatory compliance, quality and financial performance. She has led several critical health care initiatives from definition through implementation. As Executive Director, she developed and operated a signature joint replacement service line for a large tertiary hospital. As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of one of the nation’s largest long-term acute care specialty hospitals, she led a strategic initiative to create the state’s first LTACH satellite within an acute care hospital, improving access to specialized services for chronically ill, medically complex individuals. In each setting, Dr. Camilleri built organizational structures and programs that delivered top deciles performance in accreditation scores, patient experience and other publicly reported metrics.

Her legal and regulatory experience includes Attorney at Wiggin & Dana, New Haven, CT, where she concentrated her practice in litigation including medical malpractice defense and healthcare regulation. For more than 10 years, Dr. Camilleri served as a hospital system Chief Legal Officer where she managed the legal affairs of all entities advising the Board of Directors on matters involving litigation, risk management, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, business and acquisitions. She represented providers in judicial proceedings as well as before state and federal administrative agencies. Her nursing practice included staff and leadership positions in neonatal intensive care, Level IV at an academic medical center.

She has been associated with YSN since 2009, lecturing on topics pertaining to health care business, financing, access and reform, organizational governance, executive leadership, quality, risk management and legal compliance. Some of her professional associations include the American College of Healthcare Executives, where she has served on the Board of Directors, Chaired the Communications Committee and Faculty Liaison, for the Higher Education Network, the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Association of Nurse Attorneys and Sigma Theta Tau.

Dr. Camilleri is a Magna Cum Laude, graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Nursing. She graduated with Honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law and was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Contracts. She is certified as Fellow of the American Association of Healthcare Executive.

Select Publications
Camilleri, M.A., Allegra, M. and Kearney, J. (2023). Answering the Wake-Up Call to Nurse Leaders: Five practices to Restore Psychological Safety After the Vaught Case, Nurse Leader, Advance on-line publication. DOI:
Camilleri, M.A. (2020). Chapter 12: Ethical and legal concepts. In Potter. M.L. and Moller, M.D., Psychiatric-mental health nursing: From suffering to hope, 2nd Ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Publishing. (American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year 2020).