SAS Alumni Spotlight: Louis Filhour

SAS Alumni Spotlight: Louis Filhour

This week’s spotlight features Louis Filhour, a 2015 graduate of the Ph.D. in Nursing program. Dr. Filhour is a Registered Nurse (RN) serving the Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY. He is also the CEO for Better Health for Northeast New York, Inc. During his dissertation, Dr. Marilyn Miller served as his chair.

Since completing his degree, Dr. Filhour has been promoted and is now leading three hospitals and more than 80 other providers and community-based organizations in transforming care for a Medicaid population.

Additionally, his research on the experience of suffering has been accepted for publication in the peer reviewed Journal of Trauma Nursing. Acceptance in this publication is considered quite prestigious as it is widely read by all health care disciplines in the Emergency/trauma and surgical practices.

Moving forward, he plans to continue his research with a different population.

Read his alumni Q & A below for more about his experience in completing the doctoral journey.

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What was the defining moment that led to your decision to pursue your doctorate?

I was thinking about what I wanted to do when I retire and I decided I wanted to spend it doing research, publishing, and teaching.  I have learned a great deal over my forty years of nursing and want to give back by advancing the science. 

What is the biggest lesson you learned from your doctoral journey? 

How to question everything.  You know something, or you think you know something, but how do you really know that you know?  I have stopped assuming and now question everything. 

What enhancements have you seen in your leadership capabilities? 

My organizational skills have been greatly enhanced and I am more reflective and analytical.  Questioning everything has also improved my decision making.

How has your doctoral experience changed your personal/professional life? 

It has given me the skills to conduct research and create new knowledge useful in guiding clinical practice.  How exciting to be able to influence care and impact outcomes.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering the SAS doctoral program or to a student currently in the program?

The program provides you the knowledge and skills you need to make a significant contribution to the knowledge and practice of professional nursing. The program gives you the flexibility necessary to work while going to school and it provides you the structure necessary to keep you focused and progressing toward your goal.

Congratulations on your achievements to date, Dr. Filhour, and best of luck with your future research and community support efforts!