Don Brady, DM

Dr. Don Brady

B.A., Western Carolina University; M.S., Virginia Commonwealth University; D.M., University of Phoenix


After working for approximately 40 years in senior administrative positions for some of the country’s largest health care organizations, Dr. Brady retired in 2012 and transitioned into full-time teaching.  In his health care career, he held leadership roles for Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., Parkview Health in Fort Wayne, Ind., Tenet Healthcare in Palm Springs, Calif., and Harbin Clinic in Rome, Ga.  His real-world experience is incorporated into his courses.

Dr. Brady earned his bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Journalism from Western Carolina University in 1972, his Master of Science in Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1984, and the Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix in 1995.  He also earned a management certificate from William and Mary in 1980.

Research Interests:

Dr. Brady’s primary research interest deals with quality improvement in health care organizations.  His studies examine the leadership philosophies and management styles within health care organizations and their impact on patient care and overall quality.  Hospital quality is most often the responsibility of quality improvement teams and his research deals with the interactions of team members and its impact on sustainable quality improvement and patient care.