Ellen Tracy, RN, MSN, NEA-BC

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Ellen Tracy, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, is Vice President and Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Leadership, Nursing administration, Patient safety
Locations: Main Hospital
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)


Ellen Tracy is currently a Vice President and Associate Chief Nursing Officer at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and a Board-Certified Nurse Executive. Ellen has over 35 years of professional nursing experience, primarily based at CHOP. She has been instrumental in re-defining the care model delivery throughout the hospital, improving the patient and family experience and leading the daily operations at CHOP.

Ellen leads several hospital wide initiatives, and champions change to improve interprofessional relationships, communication and optimal patient and family outcomes. Ellen has co-authored publications focused on flexible staffing, centralized staffing model, quality improvement, oncological care delivery and patient safety.  She has lectured extensively on mentoring, executive leadership and capacity management.

Most of Ellen’s career has focused on leadership and management in a large quaternary pediatric academic medical center, but her clinical passion is pediatric oncology. She earned both her Master’s and Bachelor’s in Nursing from Villanova University.

Education and Training

Board Certification

Nurse Executive, Advanced – Board Certified (NEA-BC) – American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Undergraduate Degree

BSN - Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Graduate Degree

MSN - Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Vice President, Associate Chief Nursing Officer

Departments and Services




Womer RB, Tracy E, Soo-Hoo W, Bickert B, DiTaranto S, Barnsteiner JH. Multidisciplinary systems approach to chemotherapy safety: rebuilding processes and holding gains. J Clin Oncol. 2002; 20(24):4705-12. Cited in PubMed: PMID 12488417. Read the abstract


Manning ML, McGowan K, Tracy E, DiTaranto S, Bell L. Successful control of vancomycin-resistant enterococci transmission in a pediatric oncology unit: a four year experience. Am J Infect Control. 2001.



Tracy E. Vancomycin resistant enterococcus on a pediatric oncology unit [abstract presentation]. Children’s Oncology Group Nursing Meeting, Chicago, IL, Apr 2001.

Posters and Presentations


Tracy E. A celebration of the first year of the professional practice model [presentation]. Nursing Grand Rounds, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2006 Aug; Philadelphia, PA.


Tracy E. Who moved my cheese: navigating organizational change [presentation]. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Clinical Nurse IV Forum; 2005 May; Philadelphia, PA.

Tracy E. Creating a program to mentor staff in poster presentations [presentation]. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Clinical Nurse IV Forum; 2005 Oct; Philadelphia, PA.


Tracy E. Successful reduction of chemotherapy adverse drug events [presentation]. National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions Collaborative; 2004 Oct; Philadelphia, PA.

Tracy E. The benefits of professional organization membership [presentation]. Panel presenter, Nursing Grand Rounds, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2004; Philadelphia, PA.


Tracy E, Simms S. Working with challenging families. University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Graduate Program; Mar 2003; Philadelphia, PA.

Tracy E. Stressbusters: helping pediatric oncology nurses navigate the rough spots [poster presentation]. Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses Annual Meeting; 2003 Oct, Philadelphia, PA.

Leadership and Memberships

Leadership positions

2009-present, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Nursing Conference

2008-present, Retention Collaborative, CHOP

2007-present, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

2005-present, CHOPLink project

1998-present, Surviving Cancer Competently Intervention Program

Memberships in professional organizations

American Cancer Society

  • Childhood Cancer Advisory Committee

American Organization of Nurse Executives

Oncology Nursing Society

Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses

American Cancer Society, Nursing Education Committee

Southeastern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders

Children’s Oncology Group