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Faculty Profile

Elizabeth Kerns, D.B.A.

Elizabeth Kerns

Adjunct Professor of Health Service Administration, School of Health Services Administration

  • Teaching Area

    Healthcare Administration

  • Education

    Doctor of Business Administration – University of South Florida; Master of Science in Information Systems – Hawaii Pacific University; Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering – University of Wisconsin; Certifications: Project Management Professional, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

  • Campus Location

    4800 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, Florida 34211


Dr. Elizabeth Kerns is a business executive with over three decades of experience in information technology leadership, healthcare consulting, academic teaching and research. She was recently Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Lakeland Regional Health, a large community hospital and network of ambulatory clinics serving central Florida. In that role, she participated in strategic planning for the health system and was responsible for all aspects of the planning and delivery of Information Systems and Technology, Supply Chain Management, Biomedical Engineering, Health Information Management, Medical Coding, Clinical Documentation Improvement, and Safety Institute Emergency Preparedness.

Dr. Kerns is now founder and principal at Elan Advisory, an IT and business consulting firm that specializes in a wide range of IT, leadership and management consulting services for C-suite healthcare executives. Her prior work experience includes IT professional and leadership roles with General Motors and Mobil Oil in the U.S. and overseas.