Lorisa Richards

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Dr. Lorisa Richards has consistently championed initiatives to improve patient outcomes while advancing the professional development of clinical nurses. Her passion for evidence-based nursing practice coupled with her collaborative leadership style led to her promotion through several leadership roles during the past two decades. 

Dr. Richards joined The Mount Sinai Hospital in 2001 as a clinical nurse for the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute (RMTI). She was promoted to Director of Nursing in 2018, and became Senior Director of Nursing in 2020. During her tenure as Senior Director of Nursing, she worked with stakeholders to implement the Nursing Department’s Staffing Office with 24/7 operations. Dr. Richards was then promoted to VP of Nursing in 2022.  

Dr. Richards began her career in 1998 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Connecticut as a surgical nurse. In 1999, she transitioned to home care as a clinical nurse at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. 

Dr. Richards received her Master of Science from Pace University in 2005, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from William Paterson University in 2022. In 2022, she received the ‘Nurse Administrator of the Year’ Award from the Greater New York City Black Nurses Association. Dr. Richards received Mount Sinai’s Ellen Fuller Award for Excellence in Nursing in 2012, and was among the first cohort to complete the Mount Sinai Health System Black Executive Acceleration Program. Additionally, she completed a fellowship in the NYU Leadership Development Program for Black Nurses in 2010.