Nilgun Sezginis



    • Professionally Professional Practice Experience Electronic Health Record System at Toledo Hospital 
    • Summer 2003:   Professional Practice at Heartland of Perrysburg Nursing and Rehab 

    Honors & Awards:

    • 2022 The University of Toledo, Distinguished University Lecturer award
    • 2022 The University of Toledo, the Alice H. Skeens Outstanding University Woman award
    • 2021 Ohio Health Information Management Association (OHIMA) Professional Achievement Award
    • 2020 OHIMA Lifelong Learning Scholarship
    • 2020 University of Toledo, Ella Fridman Award
    • 2018 Distinguished Member Award, Northwest Ohio Health Information Management Association (NWOHIMA)
    • 2014 The University of Toledo, College of Health Sciences Dean’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching
    • 2011 Distinguished Service Award, Health Information Administration, Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Services, University of Toledo
    • 2009 and 2018 Distinguished Member Award, NWOHIMA
    • 2002 AHIMA FORE Merit Scholarship recipient
    • Member of Phi Theta Kappa Society
    • Franklin University Community College Scholarship recipient
    • Bowling Green State University Tuition Scholarship recipient

    Relevant Teaching Experience Online and Face-to-Face:

    • HEAL 1800: Medical Terminology (online)
    • HEAL 2700: Introduction to Public Health (face-to-face)
    • HIM 2210: Med Ling-Ancillary Services (online)
    • HIM 2300: Healthcare Resource, Payer, Consumers (online)
    • HIM 2310: Acute Care Clinical Classification Systems and Services (online)
    • HIM 2320: Ambulatory Care Classification Systems and Services (online)
    • HIM 3230: Healthcare Documentation Requirements (online)
    • HIM 2350: Reimbursement Methodologies (online)
    • HIM 4240: Topics in HIM: Professional Domains (online)
    • HIM 4910: Integrative Capstone Experience (online) 
    • HIM 2260: Legal Issues in Health Information Management (online)
    • HIM 4230: Compliance and Ethical Issues in Healthcare (online)
    • HIM 4940: Professional Practice Experience (online)
    • HIM Lab:  On-campus Tutoring
    • Health Information Statistics (face-to-face)
    • Ambulatory Care Settings (face-to-face)
    • Professional Practices (face-to-face)
    • Introduction to Health Information Management (face-to-face)
    • Medical Office Billing and Reimbursement (face-to-face)
    • Medical Office Coding, Medical Terminology (face-to-face)

    Singh, S., Evans, n., Williams, M., Sezginis, N & Baryeh, N. (2017): Influences of Sociodemographic Factors and Health Utilization Factors on Patient-Centered Provider Communication, Health Communication, DOI: 10.1080/10410236.2017.1322481,

    Combs, T., Endicott, M., Kravtsova, M., Mogbo, C., & Sezginis, N. (2017). Practice Brief: Impact of physician engagement on Clinical Documentation Improvement programs. Journal of AHIMA, July 2017, pp.42-45.

    Boyle, G., Combs, T., Endicott, M., Ewoterai, O., Kravtsova, M., Lo, W., & Sezginis, N. (2017): Proceedings of AHIMA’s 2017 Summit on Clinical Documentation Improvement: Advancing the Documentation Journey, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation, Perspectives in Health Information Management,

    Sezginis, N. (2016): Older Americans’ Need to Access Dental Health Services, American Public Health Association (APHA) 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo, Denver. APHA 2016 Annual Meeting Poster Presentation

    Williams, M., Sezginis, N., Baryeh, N., & Singh, s. (2017): Influences of sociodemographic factors and healthcare utilization factors on patient-centered provider communication, American Public Health Association (APHA) 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo, Atlanta. APHA 2017 ANNUAL MEETING ORAL Presentation

    Sezginis, N. (2017): Association between oral health knowledge and oral hygiene behavior in school-aged children, American Public Health Association (APHA) 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo, Atlanta. APHA 2017 ANNUAL MEETING POSTER PRESENTATION

    Singh, S., Saltzman, B., Sezginis, N., Melendez, K., Headley, S. (2018): Impact of perceived public and personal stigma of mental illness on help-seeking behavior for mental health services among college students, American Public Health Association (APHA) 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo, San Diego. APHA 2018 ANNUAL MEETING ORAL Presentation

    Sezginis, N. (2018): Evaluation of breastfeeding promotion program for low-income women in Wood County, Ohio, American Public Health Association (APHA) 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo, San Diego. APHA 2018 ANNUAL MEETING POSTER PRESENTATION


    • The University of Toledo Social-Behavioral-Education Internal Review Board (SBE-IRB) member and chair-designee: 2013-present
    • The Ohio Department of Higher Education, Transfer Assurance Guidance (TAG) Faculty Review Panel member: 2017-present
    • The Health Information Administration Program Advisory Board, University of Toledo: 2008-present
    • Served as a judge for the area and state high school health education/public health competitions: 2in 016, 2017, and 2018


    • Wood County Board of Health Member: Appointed by the District Advisory Council in March 2013 and later on by the Mayor of Northwood, OH (March 2013-present)
    • The Health Information Technology Program Advisory Board, Terra Community College: 2016-present
    • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA): AHIMA Mentor (2014-present); Clinical Documentation Improvement Task Force (January 1, 2017-2021); Clinical Documentation Improvement Summit 2017 Program Committee Member; Research Project for Coding and Auditing Professionals (January 2019-2021)
    • Ohio Health Information Management Association (OHIMA): OHIMA Awards Selection Committee: 2017-2018; OHIMA Educators Day Planning Committee: (2021-present)
    • Northwest Ohio Health Information Management Association (NWOHIMA): Treasurer: 2006-2009; Data Quality Reimbursement Counsel (DQRC) Representative: 2003-2005; Director of Alliances: 2003-2004; 

    Subject Matter Expert/Technical Writer:

    • Developed and reviewed test items for the national Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification exam and the national and international Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist exams as a technical writer and reviewed test items as the subject matter expert
    • Wrote assessment questions for an end-of-course pharmacology assessment in a Healthcare Informatics academic program as a Subject Matter Expert, Healthcare/Pharmacology Assessment, CompTIA Exam Services (Examplify)
    • Wrote online ICD-10-CM/PCS actives and exercises for Pearson Education as the Subject Matter Expert for a MyMedicalCodingLab
    • Developed 2,250 question-and-answer sets for 30 chapters
    • Designed 150 mini medical record exercises
    • Developed 1tencapstone activities and supporting documents to be utilized by the students

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