After graduating from SIUE, Dr. Cato went on to achieve a Master of Science in Nursing, a Master of Health Science, a graduate degree in nurse anesthesia, and a Doctor of Education degree from other outstanding institutions. He also became a Certified Professional in Electronic Health Records (CPEHR). Dr. Cato's additional professional accomplishments include: Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow; Fellow of the Wharton School of Executive Nurse Management; and Scientific Writer Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Jim Cato is Chief Nursing Officer for Eclipsys Corporation, where he supports the strategic planning and development of nursing solutions. He also serves as adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
He has published numerous articles and is an international speaker on a variety of informatics and nurse leadership topics. Dr. Cato serves on the Advisory Board of Nurse Leader and has lent his expertise to numerous other boards in the healthcare field. With more than 30 years in clinical practice, nursing administration, and academia, he is among the most respected nursing executives in the nation.
Dr. Cato is a member of the 2010 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame.