Susan VonNessen-Scanlin

Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Interprofessional Education
Office of the Dean
1101 W. Montgomery Ave.


Susan VonNessen-Scanlin is an associate professor of instruction and the associate dean of clinical affairs and interprofessional education at Temple University College of Public Health, drawing on diverse clinical, academic, executive and strategic expertise gained during a career in healthcare that spans more than 30 years. She is a nationally certified pediatric nurse practitioner who has spent much of her clinical career caring for children with lung disease, such as urban asthma. While at the University of Pennsylvania, Susan was part of the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) project to reduce infant mortality and improve women’s health in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Most recently, she served as the associate dean for clinical affairs at Rutgers School of Nursing and was a core faculty member of the Rutgers University Global Health Institute. She served as part of an administrative leadership team committed to advancing global health nursing and related research and to addressing social determinants of health that span national and international borders.

While at Rutgers, she served for two years as the CEO of Rutgers Community Health Center, the School of Nursing’s federally qualified health center (FQHC), where she spearheaded the center’s relocation and its new partnership with the nationally renowned New Community Corporation. The health center provides care to patients in Newark, NJ, focusing on social determinants of health and integrated primary care with an interdisciplinary team care-delivery model.

During her career, VonNessen-Scanlin has served at some of the nation’s premier academic medical centers and children’s hospitals, overseeing transformation initiatives, population health programs, and other efforts to improve operations and patient care. As a clinician, she served as the coordinator for cystic fibrosis programs at several premier institutions including the University of Pennsylvania, where she also worked with the Institute for Human Gene Therapy as the coordinator for a multi-institutional gene transfer study. While at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia she worked as a nurse practitioner for the internationally acclaimed Fetal Surgery Program. As a consultant, she helped develop regional clinical programs such as the Colorado Institute of Maternal and Fetal Health. Her advanced academic degrees include a doctor of nursing practice from Rutgers University; a master of science in nursing focused in clinical pediatrics and health administration from Gwynedd Mercy University; a post-master's certification in pediatric acute and chronic disease from the University of Pennsylvania; a master of business administration from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor of science in nursing from Villanova University.


  • DNP, Rutgers University
  • MSN, Clinical Pediatrics and Health Administration, Gwynedd Mercy University
  • MBA, Pennsylvania State University
  • BSN, Villanova University

Courses Taught




NURS 4589

Community Home V


NURS 9289

Collaborative Partnerships: Transdisciplinary