Michelle Camicia is the Director for Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center. With an exceptional rehabilitation nursing career spanning 30 years, Dr. Camicia’s leadership in practice and research developing and implementing innovative interventions has improved care coordination, and equitable care for individuals with disabilities (IWD) and their caregivers. She has disseminated her work through numerous policy papers, peer reviewed manuscripts, and book chapters. Dr. Camicia’s impact is magnified as co-chair of KPAbility, where she leads efforts to reduce health disparities and inequalities for IWDs across Kaiser Permanente (KP). The validated caregiver assessment instrument and corresponding interventions she developed to improve caregiver preparation have been implemented in hospitals beyond the U.S. As an advisory board member of the National Institutes of Health National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR), Dr. Camicia was successful in securing family caregiving as a focus in NCMRR’s Strategic Plan. She has served on 17 national boards/expert panels, and as an international accreditation surveyor. Her leadership with the American Heart Association (AHA) and Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), including past president, provides venues to strengthen nursing and equitable care delivery regionally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Camicia is known as a transformational leader and her work has been recognized by many awards, including the ARN Distinguished Service Award, AHA Stroke Article of the Year, and KP Exemplary Leader. She is currently co-developing a global rehabilitation nursing certification program.
Dr. Camicia earned a BSN from San Francisco State University, MSN from Sonoma State University, and PhD from University of California, Davis.