Seasoned Health Care Manager/Executive Joins Penn State Faculty

August 10, 2010

Joseph Dionisio has joined the Department of Health Policy and Administration as professor of practice and director of external relations and master of health administration (M.H.A.) professional development. He comes to Penn State after spending more than thirty-five years in health care financial management.

Dionisio worked for twenty years with Price Waterhouse (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers), including eight years as partner. He held leadership roles in several health care organizations, including senior vice president and chief financial officer for the Allegheny Health System in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and founding principal of Transition Management Group (Pittsburgh). Prior to coming to Penn State, he was president and CEO of New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, for seven years.

“Joe is an accomplished health services executive,” says Dr. Dennis Shea, professor and head of the Department of Health Policy and Administration. “I have great confidence that he will be able to maintain and grow the momentum we have been developing in building external relationships, organizing co-curricular activities, and providing an outstanding education to students in health policy and health administration.”

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the HPA and M.H.A. programs after years in key health care administrative roles,” says Dionisio. “I trust my experience will help bring textbooks and other learning methods alive.”

At Penn State, Dionisio will serve several roles. As director of external relations and M.H.A. professional development, he will serve as liaison to the M.H.A. program’s board of visitors, the HPA Affiliate Program Group (an alumni interest group), and the College of Health and Human Development’s development office. Additionally, he will be involved in various activities involving M.H.A. students, including residencies, postgraduate fellowships, outreach activities, and student recruitment. As professor of practice, Dionisio will teach several classes on administration of health systems and health care financing.



Editors: Joe Dionisio can be reached at or 814-865-3934. For additional information, please contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at 814-865-3831 or