Leeann Cacovean

Leeann Cacovean, MSN

Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems (HILS) PhD student
Sr. Administrative Manager, Frankel CVC Quality & Safety Program


Leeann Cacovean is the Sr. Administrative Manager for the Quality and Safety Program at Michigan Medicine Frankel Cardiovascular Center. She is responsible for quality reporting, performance improvement, and harm prevention. Before joining the University of Michigan, Leeann was the Director of the Cardiovascular Outcomes Group at UC San Diego Health. She has broad experience with clinical data analytics and evidence-based practice change. Her interest is in sustainable transformation and multidisciplinary collaboration.

Leeann has over 20 years of experience in patient care, quality management, clinical education, and leadership. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing cum laude at the University of Pennsylvania and her Master of Science in Nursing with a dual concentration in Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist at Rush University. She is a board-certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and a member of the Clinical Adjunct Faculty group at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.

Leeann notes: I am married to a former Secret Service Agent/current Special Agent at the VA OIG. My 13-year-old son, Ethan, is a Boy Scout, a percussionist, and rows crew. If I stick to my planned schedule for my PhD (part-time coursework, dissertation in 2 years), I should be graduating at the same time he graduates from high school. My 10-year-old daughter, Anneliese, is a gymnast, a writer, an aspiring percussionist, and rides horses. We also have 1 1/2-year-old rescue puppy, Rudy. He's a gorgeous brindle, a goofball, and our third kiddo. In our free time we like to renovate our home, spend time outside, and visit with family.


Areas of Interest

I am interested in studying how best to use health learning systems to facilitate change management among health professionals (non-students), specifically as it relates to quality improvement. I am also interested in how clinician well-being is linked to and impacts clinicians’ ability to participate in change management.

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