American Association for Physician Leadership

Laura W. Synnott


Associate Teaching Professor

Carnegie Mellon University

Laura Synnott is Associate Teaching Professor of Health Care Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh PA. She has been teaching at Heinz College since 1998, and joined the full-time faculty in 2004. Laura teaches project management and strategy development to graduate students throughout the university as well as health care executives and physician leaders.

A former hospital operations executive, Laura recently completed a 5 year term as chair of the Board of the Directors of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network (PSCN), one of the largest long term care organizations in Pennsylvania.

Laura is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and received her master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan.

Areas of Expertise

  • Project and program management
  • Health care operations
  • Strategy development
  • Retreat and meeting facilitation


MHSA - Health Services Administration
University of Michigan

BS - Health Planning and Administration
Pennsylvania State University


  • American College of Healthcare Executives, fellow

For over 45 years.

The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


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