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Colleen McGowan, MHA, FACHE

Colleen McGowan, MHA, FACHE
Executive Officer

Academic Degrees
BS, Business Administration, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Master’s Health Care Administration, Baylor University


Phone: 301-827-0485

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NIH Clinical Center Senior Staff

Colleen McGowan, MHA, FACHE


Colleen McGowan is the Executive Officer for the NIH Clinical Center (CC), a 200-bed hospital devoted to supporting translational research. A fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, she has over 20 years of hospital administrative experience. As Acting Executive Officer, Ms. McGowan oversees hospital administration, nutrition, social work, medical logistics, housekeeping, space management, spiritual care, patient recruitment, training/organizational development, and the operations of the Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge.

Ms. McGowan graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Early in her Air Force career, Ms. McGowan transitioned to health care administration and worked at various hospitals. While in the Air Force, she attained a Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration and was selected for a prestigious administrative fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 2001, she was hired by the NIH Clinical Center as a Senior Hospital Administrative Officer, supporting nine clinical departments in the areas of acquisition, human resources, budget, facility management, and led multiple hospital process improvement projects. In 2012, she was selected as the CC Deputy Chief Operating Officer, with a focus on improving Human Resources outcomes and streamlining administrative processes. With a strong interest in mentorship, Ms. McGowan partnered with the Department of Defense to host wounded warriors as interns to help them learn new job skills they recover from their injuries. She is the Chair of the Management Intern Subcommittee of the NIH Administrative Training Committee, and has served as a mentor to several administrative interns.

Honors and Awards

  • NIH Director's Award for Mentorship, 2015
  • NIH OD Honor Award for Leadership of Acquisition Communication and Collaboration Workgroup, 2014
  • NIH OD Honor Award for Transition of Title 42 CRS, 2012
  • NIH Clinical Center Director's Award for Mentorship, 2011
  • NIH Clinical Center Director's Award for Administrative Leadership, 2010, 2009, 2003
  • American College of Healthcare Executives Early Career Regent's Award for Northern California, 2001, 1999
  • U.S. Air Force Regional Medical Financial Officer of the Year, 1995

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