Alicia Farlese DNP RN-BC
Part-time Instructor

Alicia Farlese is a retired Captain/O-6, having served twenty-six years in both the United States Navy Nurse Corps and the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service. Dr. Farlese received her BSN from the University of Kentucky and both her MSN and DNP from the University of Maryland.  As an ANCC board-certified informatics nurse, Dr. Farlese has been a senior leader in national health IT policy and programs at the US Department of Health and Human Services from 2003-2020.  Dr. Farlese heavily contributed to many health IT regulations, most recently those addressing the 21st Century Cures Act requirements, and implemented many of the ARRA/ HITECH ACT provisions, including overseeing the nation's only health IT certification program. At the HHS/Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. Farlese was a senior advisor/ subject matter expert in social determinates of health (SDoH), health IT certification, nursing/clinical informatics, quality, safety, usability, interoperability, compliance, clinical decision support, health IT workforce development, and public health response/ readiness.  Dr. Farlese was a clinical nurse at both Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD, and has deployed numerous times, including aboard the USNS Comfort and as a first-responder pre/during Hurricane Katrina. She is a part-time instructor at the University of Kentucky’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program and served as adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Graduate Informatics program. Dr. Farlese is a native Lexingtonian and returned in Summer 2020 with her husband and two young sons. She enjoys hiking, weightlifting, running, live music, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

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DNP, University of Maryland, 2011
MS Nursing Informatic, University of Maryland, 2002
BSN, University of Kentucky, 1994