Lecture: 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. in Ruth S. Harley University Center Room 201 & 202.
Reception: All are invited to remain for a reception following the talk.
About the Speaker
Leonard Achan, a member of the Adelphi University Board of Trustees, is the Chief Innovation Officer at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in NYC after a more than 15-year career at Mount Sinai Health System where he held a variety of roles spanning clinical, operational, financial and strategic communications and business development.
Achan landed his first role at Mount Sinai while still a student at Adelphi. In 1998 he applied to and was accepted by Mount Sinai to complete his senior practicum and was then hired full-time as a clinical nurse after graduating with his nursing degree from Adelphi in 1999. He left Mount Sinai earlier this year and joined HSS to develop their Innovation Institute and commercialize HSS knowledge by building and partnering with inventors and companies to scale innovation at no better place than the number one muscular skeletal health organization in the world.
During his tenure at Mount Sinai, Achan served in various roles within business development and operations, functioning as an entrepreneur responsible for building new departments and initiatives. He most recently served as Chief Communications Officer of Mount Sinai and built the health system’s first-ever department of digital and social media. Within 24 months, it was ranked top five in the nation. Achan was also tasked with restructuring the system’s traditional marketing and communications, public relations and crisis management departments for the entire health system and the Icahn School of Medicine as a Sr. Associate Dean, making them a national leader in organic press within 24 months. He was also responsible for the planning and implementation of Mount Sinai’s comprehensive rebranding effort that centered on the merger with Continuum Health Partners in 2013 to become the largest health system in NYC.
Achan shares his wealth of knowledge locally and abroad as a lecturer and member of faulty at The Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business as well as internationally at The City University of Hong Kong, The University of Macau, the University of San Carlos and the Navy of the Philippines.
Achan holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Adelphi University, a master’s degree in Advance Practice Nursing and Nurse Practitioner from New York University, a post master’s in education from Rutgers University, a post master’s in hospital and nursing administration from Villanova and is alumni and a fellow of The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is married with two children ages 8 and 5 and resides in Nassau County, NY.