Lee Anne Siegmund, PhD, RN, CEP, is a Nurse Scientist II in Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Nursing Research and Innovation. Dr. Siegmund’s research interests are in the areas of prescriptive exercise for special populations and exercise adherence. She has an ongoing desire to understand patient behaviors through research and improve clinical practice, in order to prevent disease and complications that may result from non-optimized behaviors. As a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, she is well-equipped to address the growing need for research in exercise and how it might impact patient health and nursing practice.

Dr. Siegmund has clinical experience in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, including labor and delivery, home health/hospice, and public health. Prior to accepting her current position in 2016, Dr. Siegmund was a part of Cleveland Clinic’s cardiac rehabilitation team. Dr. Siegmund has published research on adherence to exercise and cardiac rehabilitation, readmissions in cardiac patients with metabolic syndrome, and use of social media for self-care in these populations. She continues to examine novel approaches addressing these topics. Dr. Siegmund has instructed nursing labs and clinical rotations and has taught courses which include health, nutrition, and exercise for special populations. She also served as an adjunct faculty member at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio, and as an assistant professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


  • PhD, Doctor of Philosophy, Exercise Physiology, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 2012
  • BSN, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, 2002
  • Diploma, Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing (Summa Health System), Mansfield, Ohio, 1990


  • Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Certified Resistance Training Specialist, Master

Contact Information

Cleveland Clinic
Office of Research and Innovation
9500 Euclid Ave / T4
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
[email protected]



Dr. Siegmund is the chair for the annual Nursing Innovation Summit presented by the Office of Nursing Research and Innovation at Cleveland Clinic. She is also on numerous Cleveland Clinic committees. In her role as a certified clinical exercise physiologist, Dr. Siegmund has served on a number of committees, including Lorain County Community College’s Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department Advisory Board, Kent State University’s CoAES Advisory Committee, and Fitwise LLC’s advisory board.

Clinical Practice & Teaching

Clinical Practice & Teaching

Clinical Practice

Dr. Siegmund’s clinical expertise is in the areas of exercise, cardiac rehabilitation and community/public health. She has also worked in labor and delivery, homecare and hospice.


Dr. Siegmund has taught as adjunct faculty at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio, and as Assistant Professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has instructed nursing fundamentals labs and supervised clinical rotations in psychiatric nursing. Dr. Siegmund has taught courses in health, nutrition, exercise for special populations, biomechanics, and exercise physiology. Dr. Siegmund has presented at numerous local and national conferences, including The American College of Sports Medicine and The American Heart Association.

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Dr. Siegmund’s research focus has been on motivational factors for exercise and the management of chronic disease through exercise. Dr. Siegmund has examined motivation and adherence in the cardiac rehabilitation setting with a specific focus on women and patients with metabolic syndrome. She continues to examine novel approaches that address motivation and adherence in populations at high risk for chronic disease. Dr. Siegmund has also researched and published work on the use of social media in self-care for heart disease and diabetes.

2020 - Research

Siegmund LA. Social media in Occupational Health: Helpful or Harmful? [In press, April, 2020]. Workplace Health Saf.

Rives S, Shamailov M, Siegmund LA. A continuous improvement project to decrease CLABSI rates: what does a success story look like? [In press, December, 2020]. MedSurg Nurs.

Anderson CQ, Wechter E, Siegmund LA. Caring for patients with glycogen storage disease type I: Do you know the signs? J Nurs Pract. 2020; 16(6): 442-446. doi:

Elnaggar A, Park VT, Lee SJ, Bender M, Siegmund LA, Park LG. Patients' Use of Social Media for Diabetes Self-Care: Systematic Review. J Med Internet Res. 2020; 22(4):e14209. doi: 10.2196/14209

Siegmund LA, Hamilton, A, & Nespeca T. Incidental findings coordinator: A new role for the nurse practitioner?  Online J Issues Nurs. 2020; 25(2). doi:10.3912/OJIN.Vol25No02PPT5422


“Symptoms predict lower quality of life in patients with fibromuscular dysplasia”. Siegmund, LA. Preventive Cardiology Nurses Association. Apr. 2020. First Place for Original Research. Virtual conference.

“Understanding Facilitators of Cardiac Rehabilitation Completion in Women: A Grounded Theory Approach”. Siegmund, LA. American Heart Association: Epidemiology and Lifestyle. Phoenix, Az. Mar. 2020.

“History of stroke and symptoms predict lower quality of life in patients with fibromuscular dysplasia”. Siegmund, LA. International Stroke Conference. Los Angeles, Ca. Feb. 2020.

2019 Research

Siegmund LA. “Like us on Facebook”: Nursing in a world of social media. J Radiol Nurs. 2019; 38: 183-187.

Siegmund LA & Gornik HL. Fibromuscular dysplasia: Recognition and management. J Nurs Pract. 2019; 15(2): 177-182.


“Epilepsy and Exercise”. Siegmund, LA. Empower Epilepsy Conference. Cleveland, Oh. Oct. 2019.

 “An innovative social media intervention for cardiac rehabilitation adherence: A feasibility study”. Siegmund LA, James Bena, Shannon Morrison. Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses. Chicago, Illinois. Sept. 2019.

“The future of social media in nursing.” Siegmund LA. American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses. Palm Springs, Ca. May, 2019.

2018 Research

Rose C. & Siegmund LA. SNAP: A Hand Hygiene Campaign that Improves Compliance & Fosters a Just Culture. Prevention Strategist. 2018; 11(3):73-76  

Siegmund LA, Albert N, McClelland M, Bena J, Morrison S. Functional Capacity but not early uptake of cardiac rehabilitation predicts readmission in patients with Metabolic Syndrome. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2018; 33(4): 306-12. doi:10.1097/JCN.0000000000000454.

Siegmund LA. Social media: The next research frontier. Clin Nurs Spec. 2018; 30(2):60-6.


“Clinically significant incidental findings: whose responsibility is it?” Siegmund LA. National Association for Healthcare Quality. Minneapolis, Mn. November 2018.

“Like us on Facebook: The future of social media research”. Siegmund LA. 14th Annual Nursing Research Conference.  Cleveland, Oh. May 2018.

Poster: “Feasibility of a Facebook intervention for exercise motivation and cardiac rehabilitation adherence”. Siegmund LA, Ahmed, HA, Crawford, M, Bena, J. Midwest Nursing Research Society. Cleveland, Oh. April 2018.

“Using the EMR for research”. Siegmund LA. Nursing Research and Innovation Workshop. Medina, Ohio. March 2018.

2017 Research

Siegmund LA, Ahmed H, Crawford M, Bena J. Feasibility of a Facebook intervention for exercise motivation and cardiac rehabilitation adherence: Study protocol. JMIR Res Protoc. 2017; 6(8), e162.
Siegmund LA, Naylor J, Bena J, McClelland M. The relationship between Metabolic Syndrome and adherence to cardiac rehabilitation. Physiology and Behavior. 2017; 169: 41-45. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2016.11.005.


Invited speaker: “Underutilization of Cardiac Rehabilitation: Overcoming barriers and improving outcomes.” Siegmund LA. American Heart Association. Anaheim, Ca. November 2017.

 “Recognition and Treatment of Metabolic Syndrome”. Cleveland Clinic Endocrinology and Metabolism nurses. Siegmund LA. July 2017.
“Challenges and Pitfalls of Big Data”. 13th Annual Nursing Research Conference. Siegmund LA. May 2017.

“Addressing the Problem of Patient Adherence through Research”. 13th Annual Nursing Research Conference. Siegmund LA. May 2017.

Poster: “Predictors of Readmission in Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation Patients with Metabolic Syndrome”.  Siegmund LA, McClelland, M., Bena, J. American Association of Ambulatory Care Nurses Annual Conference. New Orleans. May 2017 and American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation 32nd Annual Meeting. Charleston, SC. October 2017.

Poster: “Predictors of Readmission in Phase II Cardiac Rehabilitation Patients with Metabolic Syndrome”. Siegmund LA, McClelland, M., Bena, J. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. Denver. May 2017.

“Metabolic Syndrome and Cardiac Rehabilitation: Uptake and Adherence.” Goldbag Seminar. Case Western Reserve University. Siegmund LA. February 2017.

2016 Research

Burchill, CN, McClelland, M, Siegmund, LA. Concerns with medical and pharmacy costs for new hire nurses following a physical strength evaluation screening in a large health system. Workplace Health and Safety. 2016; 64(11): 520. doi: 10.1177/2165079916670408

2014 Research

Siegmund LA, Naylor J, Santo A, Barkley JE. The effect of a peer on VO2 and game choice in 6-10 year old children. Frontiers in Physiology, 2014; 5:202. doi:10.3389/fphys.2014;00202.
Siegmund LA, Peer KS, Knapp D, Barkley JE. The acute effects of local vibration with biomechanical muscle stimulation on low back flexibility and perceived stiffness. Athletic Training and Sports Health Care. 2014; 6(1): 37-45.  doi:10.3928/1942586420140115-01.


Professional Involvement

Professional Involvement

  • Member, The American Heart Association
  • Member, The American College of Sports Medicine
  • Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau
Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • Faces of Care
  • Phi Theta Kappa honor society
  • Star of Excellence award for Mercy Hospital