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Ellen Whalen

Instructor, Nursing-MSN

DRSc, University of Southern California
MS, Regulatory Science, University of Southern California
MSN, Boston College University
BSN, California State University, Los Angeles


Ellen Whalen is an Associate Administrator for Keck Medical Center of USC responsible for integrating graduate medical education and clinical research into the operations of the Medical Center. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Whalen was the Chief Nursing Officer for ten years for Keck and USC Norris hospitals. As CNO, she was responsible for ongoing contributions to the quality of patient care and service including the implementation of a New Gradate RN Residency and a Shared Governance model. Prior to her appointment as a CNO, Dr. Whalen held the position of Senior Director of Clinical and Medical Staff Services with USC Care Medical Group. Dr. Whalen holds a Master of Science in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from Boston College, a Master of Science and Doctorate in Regulatory Science from the University of Southern California. She has been inducted as a member of Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society.