Kumhee Ro, D.N.P., APRN, FAANP

Assistant Professor
Seattle University College of Nursing

Fellowship Profile

Fellowship Year: 2022-2023
Fellowship Placement: Senator Tim Kaine
Sponsoring Institution: Seattle University College of Nursing
Discipline / Profession: Administration , Health Policy , Nursing


Kumhee Ro is an assistant professor at Seattle University College of Nursing where she recently served as the inaugural director of the Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion Program. She leads local and national initiatives aimed at expansion, support, and advancement of the nursing workforce and is nationally acclaimed for her work building cultures of trust in nursing academia. As co-founder of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities- Jesuit Diverse Nurse Faculty Network, Ro strategically promotes collaboration for faculty at nursing schools across the country to endorse policies and systems for greater support and professional development in nursing leadership. As an advisor to the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Committee and Washington Center for Nursing, Ro assists in development of policy to address critical gaps in nursing education. Ro has served on numerous leadership roles in state and national organizations focused on disparities in the delivery of health care.

Ro has spent over two decades providing frontline clinical care to underserved communities in public health, emergency care, aging populations and primary care. She has established partnerships with health care organizations and universities to improve education pipeline programs and analyze current evaluation and program outcome processes. Ro is a principal investigator for multiple grant-funded projects, one of which identified best practice framework to better support the academic success of faculty within nursing academia. Ro was inducted as a fellow into the American Association of Nurse Practitioners for her leadership improving health equity and access to care for under-resourced populations.

Ro received a BSN, MSN for adult/geriatric nurse practitioner, a post-master’s certificate to become a family nurse practitioner, and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Washington School of Nursing. She is a Sigma Theta Tau International Experienced Academic Leadership Academy Scholar.