Stephern E. Allison, D. HSC.
Vice President, Cardiovascular Services & Case Management
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick, N.J.
Curiosity-filled visits to her pediatrician may have determined Stephern E. Allison’s career in health care, but her yearning to leave this a better world drives her to heights of success. “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded,” she muses, quoting poet Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Allison has a bachelor’s degree in physician assistant studies from Long Island University, master’s degrees in business administration and health care management from the University of Maryland University College, a third master’s in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska and a doctorate in health science from Nova Southeastern University. Her career has evolved from a pediatrics/adolescent and internal medicine clinician serving the underprivileged to her position today as vice president of Cardiovascular Services & Case Management at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. “What I like most about my job is being able to positively lead and impact those around me by fostering an environment in which there is constant development and growth, while working with my colleagues to provide a positive experience for the patients and families we serve,” says the Six Sigma Black Belt.
Her mother’s drilling in hard work and perseverance, mentor Garet Gordon, M.D.’s, guidance, the unwavering support of her husband and the passion of a childhood dream to manage a business steeled her along the way. Helping others to breathe a little easier, she launched a health and fitness initiative for underserved women. It lasted only three years, but Allison continues to coach and mentor professional and community groups and individuals, and conduct health and motivational symposiums. She intends to become an executive coach “in the very near future,” start a consulting firm, and, if she has “an abundance of time,” she’ll “learn to play the piano professionally in an orchestra setting.”