Stephen Powell, DHA, MSc
Chief Executive Officer
Stephen Powell is the CEO and founder of Synensys, a professional services company headquartered in Peachtree City, Georgia, USA. Dr. Powell is a recognized leader in performance improvement having led programs in the U.S. Navy, the commercial airline industry, and the healthcare industry for more than 30 years.
His most recent experience includes patient safety, quality and patient-centered care improvements, health systems strengthening, learning systems, high reliability, care coordination, value-based initiatives, and team training. Dr. Powell regularly provides assessments, training, consulting, and coaching services to senior leaders, managers, and teams in civilian, government, and military healthcare organizations worldwide.
He has authored numerous articles on human-centered design, reflective learning, teamwork, global health, safety, change management, communication, quality improvement, patient experience, and patient safety culture. His book, “The Patient Survival Handbook: Avoid Being the Next Victim of Medical Error,” is a call to action for deeper patient engagement and activation for patient safety, increased effectiveness, and quality improvement.
Dr. Powell earned a Doctorate in Health Administration and a Graduate Certificate in International Health from Central Michigan University. He is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate Aviation Safety School, Monterey, CA. and the U.S. Navy Command Leadership Safety Program. Dr. Powell earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science in Human Factors from Embry-Riddle University.
Dr. Powell is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists, the Clinical Human Factors Group, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He also serves as a Board member for the North Carolina Quality Center and the Armed Forces Mission.