Assistant Director, Advanced Practice Providers
Marygrace Hernandez-Leveille, PhD, APRN, ACNP-BC is the Assistant Director of Advanced Practice Providers for the UT Southwestern University hospitals in Dallas, TX. Cardiology and cardiovascular surgery has been her passion and she has functioned as a bedside leader and an acute care nurse practitioner in both of these acute care areas. Marygrace directs and provides organizational leadership within UTSW to Advanced Practice Providers with a vision of promoting the translation of evidence to the bedside with a goal of patient centered care while utilizing a cost efficient business acumen. In alignment with UTSW’s mission and vision, Marygrace is successful in leveraging her years of clinical practice, her knowledge of the importance of science driven care and executive leadership training to promote APPs to efficiently and effectively practice to the top of their scope of practice and benefit the patients and the organization they serve. Prior to practicing as an acute care nurse practitioner, Marygrace was a critical nurse who traveled throughout the United States. In 2019, she was a Dallas Great 100 Nurse recipient and the D Magazine Excellence in Nursing Award recipient.
Marygrace had the opportunity to contribute to the American Heart Association Guidelines 2015 Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. She has various publications and presentations pertaining to advanced practice and research outcomes.
Marygrace is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, North Texas Nurse Practitioner Association, Sigma Theta Tau, National Association of Hispanic nurses, Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) and American Nurses Association. Marygrace served as the Vice-President of the Southern Nursing Research Society 2013-2017, and the SNRS Director of Research Interest Groups 2017-2019.
Marygrace completed her PhD in Nursing in 2009 and her Masters in Nursing in 1999 at the University of Texas at Arlington. She also was a Nurse Executive Fellow from the Baylor Scott & White Health system and Southern Methodist University program in 2019. Marygrace is board certified as an acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP-BC).
Marygrace is very active in her church and is the lead organizer for the church’s annual medical mission trip to Peru. She has a large family and there is never a dull moment!