Stephen Wagner, Ph.D., FACHE, FACMPE
Executive-in-Residence and Assistant Professor
Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration
Interprofessional Health Sciences Campus
Dr. Wagner is a full-time faculty member in the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program. He has been active in the field of health care as an executive, teacher and researcher for more than 40 years.
He recently retired from corporate leadership after having held several executive positions at the Carolinas HealthCare System over the last 20 years. He was the Senior Executive of the Sanger Clinic (now known as Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute) and was instrumental in its creation. Before coming to Charlotte, NC (where he is currently based), Dr. Wagner was the Senior Executive for Physician Practices at Alliant Health System in Louisville, KY. Alliant was one of the first health systems in the nation to embrace Total Quality Management. Before going to Kentucky, Dr. Wagner was the senior non-physician leader at The Kurten Clinic (now All Saints Medical Group) in Wisconsin for 10 years.
Dr. Wagner has taught in the Seton Hall MHA program since its inception. He is recognized as an expert on the American healthcare system and its transformation. His work today focuses on change and managing the difficult process of changing the healthcare organization to meet the challenges of the future. He brings change to the human level, since change starts with the person. If the people do not change and are not prepared for change, then the organization will not change to meet the needs of the future.
Dr. Wagner has a master’s degree in healthcare fiscal management from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Business, and a PhD in healthcare public policy analysis from the University of Louisville, College of Business. Dr. Wagner's principal areas of emphasis are in change management, the neurobiology of change, the American healthcare system, health policy, leadership and governance, organization development, medical practice administration, medical economics, new healthcare and educational technologies as well as emergency management.
- Ph.D. University of Louisville - Healthcare Public Policy Analysis
- M.S. University of Wisconsin - Healthcare Fiscal Management
- B.S University of Wisconsin
His most recent publications are a textbook, "The United States Healthcare System: Overview, Driving Forces, and Outlook for the Future," released in 2020, Population Health Management: Strategies, Tools, Applications, and Outcomes by Anne Hewitt PhD, MA (Editor), Julie Mascari MHA (Editor), Stephen Wagner PhD, FACHE, LFACMPE (Editor) released November 2021, A textbook, Information Technology and Operational Issues for Emergency Preparedness and Response in Health Informatics. Healthcare Information Management Systems: Cases, Strategies, and Solutions, to be released in the spring of 2022.
Areas of Expertise
Dr. Wagner is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Academy of Emergency Managers, American College of Medical Practice Executives and American College of Healthcare Trustees. He is also certified in LEAN, MBS, TPM, TKI, Mental Health First Aid Instruction, coaching and many organization development tools.
Dr. Wagner is very involved in issues related to the developmentally disabled and serves as Treasurer and Board Member of the Mother Theresa Villas, Charlotte, NC, a partnership between the Charlotte Archdiocese and NC InReach, to provide housing for the developmentally disabled.