Cedars-Sinai Names New Chief Nursing Executive

Updated on April 27, 2019
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Following an extensive national search, Cedars-Sinai has appointed David R. Marshall, JD, DNP, RN, CENP, NEA-BC, NHDP-BC, FAAN, as senior vice president and chief nursing executive. Marshall brings more than three decades of healthcare experience from bedside nurse to nursing-leadership proficiency and a reputation for enhancing innovation and emphasizing compassionate care.

Marshall comes to Cedars-Sinai from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, also known as UTMB Health, where he serves as system chief nursing and patient care services executive.

“We are privileged to welcome a nurse executive of Dr. Marshall’s caliber and breadth of experience,” said Jeffrey A. Smith, MD, JD, MMM, executive vice president of Hospital Operations and chief operating officer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. “In addition to many noteworthy accomplishments at UTMB Health, David is a nationally recognized leader in nursing who currently serves on the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Magnet® Recognition Program.”

Marshall succeeds Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Cedars-Sinai’s widely respected nursing leader who has been with the institution for 48 years. Burnes Boltonwill become Cedars-Sinai’s inaugural chief health equity officer, steering the health system’s efforts to improve the health and healthcare outcomes for all members of the community.

Marshall began his nursing career at UTMB Health as a staff nurse in 1983 before advancing to assistant head nurse, nurse manager, nursing supervisor, nurse administrator and director of Nursing. In 2001, he assumed the role of chief nursing and patient care services officer. He also earned a law degree from South Texas College of Law Houston and a doctor of nursing practice degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

When Hurricane Ike devastated the Gulf Coast in 2008, Marshall was part of the leadership team that led UTMB Health during and after the crisis. He served as an important public face and voice of confidence for the hospital, keeping patients and the community informed. Under Marshall’s direction, the healthcare system regained Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2012.

Marshall has held leadership posts with numerous professional organizations at the local, state and national levels, including the Committee on Practice Issues for the Texas Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics.

In 2017 he was appointed to a four-year term on the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Magnet® Recognition Program. He also has served on the board of directors of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

“It is a special opportunity to be joining the Cedars-Sinai team,” said Marshall, who joins Cedars-Sinai on June 3. “As healthcare leaders, we must create an environment where nurses are supported so they can do their very best work and our patients can receive the very best care.”

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