Abby Swanson Kazley, PhD


Abby Swanson Kazley, PhD, earned a PhD in Health Services Organization and Research from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006.  Dr. Kazley’s research examines the relationships between hospital HIT use and cost, quality and efficiency by examining EMR use, CPOE use, and telemedicine.  Prior to earning her PhD, Dr. Kazley worked for more than two years for LifeNet OPO in Virginia doing Public Education. An award winning teacher, Dr. Kazley has expertise in the area of Management and Strategic Management and teaches courses in the Master of Health Administration and Master of Health Informatics Programs. Dr. Kazley currently serves as Program Director in the Master of Science in Health Informatics Program at MUSC.  In her previous role as Program Director of the MHA program, she oversaw the transition from content to competency based education and evaluation. She has also published more than fifty peer reviewed research articles.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Kazley has worked extensively with groups and individuals who wish to improve their organization’s success. She has coached and consulted in areas including management, leadership, organizational effectiveness, organizational mission/vision/values, strategic planning, organizational change, and communication. She also serves on the boards of East Cooper Montessori Charter School and the Wild Dunes Swim Team.