Kathryn Sugerman leads Spencer Stuart’s global Healthcare Services Practice and also is a member of the firm’s CEO, Education, Nonprofit, and Board practices. Kathryn specializes in advising and recruiting CEOs, Board Directors and senior-level executives across the broad spectrum of healthcare services organizations including health systems, integrated delivery networks, academic health sciences institutions, research institutions, payers, healthcare-related associations and private equity.

Leadership Advisory Expertise in Healthcare

  • Kathryn has spent nearly 30 years in the healthcare industry as a clinician, executive and leadership consultant. In her more than 14 years at Spencer Stuart, Kathryn has led over 500 projects for senior executives and board directors, including 100+ succession, search and advisory projects for CEOs, Presidents, Deans, Chairs and other mission critical c-suite executives. Across all engagements, Kathryn is highly committed to a fair and inclusive process, which many times involves a search or succession committee, as well as a diverse slate of candidates.
  • Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Kathryn served as a managing director at The Advisory Board Company, a D.C.-based firm providing business strategy, finance, operations and general management best practice research as well as IT and consulting services to the healthcare industry. In this capacity, she led the business development efforts for the firm’s consulting practice.
  • Kathryn began her healthcare career as a surgical and transplant staff nurse at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. After completing her master’s degree, she worked as a nurse practitioner in the division of pediatric gastroenterology at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.

Kathryn is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing, where she earned both her BSN and MSN degrees. She also holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where she was awarded the prestigious Austin Scholarship. At Spencer Stuart, Kathryn is a two-time recipient of the Lou Rieger Quality Award, the firm’s annual award for the highest quality client service.

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