Madelene Ottosen, PhD, MSN
Madelene Ottosen has been a practicing nurse for over 35 years with a primary clinical focus on adult cardiovascular care, clinical research management, nursing leadership, and patient safety. Over her career, she held various roles from staff nurse to associate director to researcher and worked in a variety of settings such as cardiovascular intensive care, emergency room, acute care, cardiac rehabilitation, clinical research, and neonatal intensive care.
Dr. Ottosen has been faculty of UTHealth Cizik School of Nursing since 2015 teaching research methods within Masters and DNP graduate nursing programs. Her research interests focus on qualitative methodologies, promoting patient and family engagement within health care delivery, and improving patient safety culture. Through her research, she has facilitated the development of several patient and family advisory councils involving them in nursing education, research, and quality improvement initiatives. She was a founding member of the International Association of Clinical Research Nurses, served on the UT IRB for over 20 years, and has participated in multiple collaborative grants involving the McGovern Medical School and Cizik School of Nursing.
Dr. Ottosen received her BSN from the University of St. Thomas in Houston and her MSN as a Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She completed her Ph.D. in Nursing from the Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth.