Thomas H. Dennison

Professor of Practice, Public Administration and International Affairs


Thomas Dennison is a Professor of Public Administration and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research. Tom is also the Director of Maxwell’s certificate program in Health Services Management and Policy, and Director of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion. He has a broad, real-world perspective on health care systems, having served as chief executive officer of a hospital, administrator of a nursing home, and executive director of a network of ambulatory care centers. His teaching and research focus on the administration, financing, and delivery of health care in ways that promote and improve the health of both patients and communities.

Previously, Dennison served as the Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers, advising government and local agencies on health care delivery, with a particular emphasis on home health care, community-based services, and long-term care. He is active in current policy discourse as chair of the Onondaga County Department of Health Advisory Board. He is engaged with the health care delivery system as chair of the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York, as well as chair of Partners in Franciscan Ministries, the parent of the health care and educational ministries of the Sisters of St. Francis. Tom received his Ph.D. in health planning and administration from Pennsylvania State University in 1987.

Selected Publications

"Benchmark Health Policy Programs: A Window on Public Affairs and Administration Education." Judith J. Kirchoff and Thomas Dennison, Journal of Public Affairs Education, Vol. 12, No. 2 (Summer, 2006), pp. 177-196.

"An Evaluation of the Rural Medical Education Program of the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, 1990-2003." John Smucny, Peter Beatty, William Grant, Thomas Dennison, and Thomas L Wolf, Academic Medicine, Vol. 80, No. 8 (August, 2005), pp. 733-738.

More Publications

Research Grants and Awards

“Near Westside Healthy Neighborhood,” New York State Health Foundation. January 2015 – January 2017.

 “Community Initiative to Address Management of Patients with Pre-Diabetes,” Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield. December 2012-December 2016.