The role of a nurse practitioner (NP) is integral to healthcare in the United States. These highly skilled individuals are graduate trained and responsible for providing high-quality medical care to their patients. Consequently, the demand for NPs is expected to grow rapidly into the coming decade. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018) reported that openings for NPs are expected to grow 36 percent between 2016 and 2026—an addition of 56,100 jobs nationally. This is much faster than the average expected growth of all occupations in the country, which sits at just 7 percent during the same decade.
In the coming years, a greater number of NPs will be necessary to meet rising demand for healthcare services. And these aspiring healthcare providers have the opportunity to learn from some of the best and brightest minds in the industry to help them succeed in their future careers.
Fortunately, many talented educators, researchers, and advocacy leaders currently work at accredited universities across the country. Here are 50 of the top NP professors educating aspiring nurses nationwide.
Dr. Susan Bakewell-Sachs is a professor at the Oregon Health & Science University within the school of nursing, as well as the dean and vice president for nursing affairs. Previously, she served as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellow, cohort 2007, where her leadership development focused on strategic effectiveness and nursing education. Dr. Bakewell-Sachs was also the dean and interim provost at the College of New Jersey and program director for the New Jersey Nursing Initiative. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and of the Oregon Action Coalition Steering Committee, as well as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
At the Boston College Connell School of Nursing, Dr. Elisabeth M. Bailey serves as a clinical assistant professor. She is a psychiatric nurse practitioner for the Justice Resource Institute and is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatric clinical nurse specialist. She has served as a clinical preceptor for advanced practice psychiatric nursing students at Boston College and Yale School of Nursing. Dr. Bailey has experience in outpatient, inpatient, and emergency mental health settings, and an interest in improving mental health services in primary care settings. Notably, she contributed to the Handbook of Adolescent Behavioral Problems: Evidence-based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment (2015, New York, NY: Springer).
Dr. Michael Beach is an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, where he teaches in the acute care nurse practitioner concentration and coordinates the accelerated BSN program. His area of practice includes emergency medicine and disaster preparation and response. The courses he leads include physical assessment (graduate and undergraduate); trauma and emergency medicine; clinical diagnostics, and critical care nursing, among others. In addition, Dr. Beach has worked in search and rescue and disaster management for over 30 years within the Tri-State area and is a member of Pennsylvania 1 Disaster Medical Team (PA-1 DMAT).
Dr. Kathleen Becker is an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing in USC’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, where her expertise includes interdisciplinary education and collaborative practice, as well as the primary care of underserved, vulnerable populations and homelessness. Her work has received numerous prestigious grants, including a $1.5 million award from 2013 to 2019 for National AIDS Education and Training (AETC) for NPs and PAs on which she acted as a co-investigator. Outside of the university, Dr. Becker also serves on the National Health Care for the Homeless Council and worked as the Commissioner of the Maryland Statewide Advisory Commission on Immunizations from 2010 to 2013, among other positions.
At the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing, Dr. Babette Biesecker serves as a clinical assistant professor, as well as the program director for both the APN family program and the advanced practice holistic nursing specialty sequence. For over 20 years, Dr. Becker has practiced as an FNP specializing in maternal/child health, women’s health and OB/GYN, student health, internal medicine, rehabilitative medicine, and ambulatory cardiology. She has received numerous accolades for her work, including the Department of Nursing Faculty Award for Excellence from Marywood University; the T. Catherine Hollow Award for Compassion and Outstanding Bedside Nursing Ability from the Community Medical Center School of Nursing; and a Sigma Theta Tau Research Grant for a PhD dissertation.
At Drexel University, Dr. Joan Rosen Bloch serves as an associate professor of nursing in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Department, as well as the director of global health initiatives. She specializes in women’s health, prenatal care, health disparities research, and maternal mortality and morbidity, among other areas. Her research focuses on urban women’s health and healthcare systems. Dr. Bloch was one of the pioneering women’s health nurse practitioners in Philadelphia, and she helped with the successful transition of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s WHNP and colposcopy programs to Drexel University upon joining the faculty in 2005.
Dr. Jane E. Blood-Siegfried is a professor at the Duke University School of Nursing, as well as a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and a fellow of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners/Associates. Her areas of interest and research include immune responses, vaccines, SIDS, and health maintenance. She has worked at several universities outside of Duke, including UCLA and the University for Developmental Studies in Tamale, Ghana. Dr. Blood-Siegfried is also the Director of Global Educational Partnerships and Innovation, and she is working on a project to start a family nurse practitioner program at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center in Moshi, Tanzania.
At the University of Virginia School of Nursing, Dr. Amy Boitnott works as an assistant professor of nursing, as well as the pediatric nurse practitioner coordinator in the Department of Family, Community & Mental Health Systems. She is also a faculty affiliate for Youth-Nex, a program to promote youth development through the UVA Curry School of Education, where her research explores the effect of family engagement on young people’s health in collaboration with students from nursing, exercise physiology, nutrition, and kinesiology. In addition, Dr. Boitnott also precepts and trains students throughout the university and the state, including those in nursing, medicine, exercise physiology, and kinesiology, among others.
At the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Dr. Sharon Boothe-Kepple works as a clinical associate professor, as well as the the coordinator of graduate nurse practitioner training in the Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice, and Simulation, as well as the Dickinson Nursing Simulation Center. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and currently holds the position of treasurer for the ZetaMu chapter. She is also a member of the Dermatology Nurses Association and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. As a nurse, her background includes experience in primary care, dermatology, critical care, high risk labor and delivery, outpatient surgical care and post anesthesia recovery, emergency and urgent care, and medical audits, among a number of others.
Dr. Bonnie H. Bowie is an associate professor at the Seattle University College of Nursing, where she also serves as the DNP track lead. In 2017, she co-authored an article that was featured in Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, and has also written work published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence and the Journal of Professional Nursing, among others. Her areas of interest include precursors that may put children and/or adolescents at risk, creating community partnerships to build healthier communities, and the management of health systems.
Dr. Susan Breakwell is a clinical associate professor at Marquette University. She leads DNP scholarly projects and is the director of the Institute for Palliative and End of Life Care. Her areas of scholarly interest include palliative, hospice, and end-of-life care; community and home health; interdisciplinary and interprofessional education; the doctorate of nursing practice; and online learning and technology. In addition to having her work published in various professional journals, including Orthopaedic Nursing Journal and the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, she retains membership in myriad organizations, such as the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, among others.
Dr. Nicole Brodrick is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where she has precepted graduate nursing students, taught undergraduate nursing students in a psychiatric clinical rotation, and lectured to graduate psychiatric nurse practitioner students. Dr. Brodrick has also worked as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and psychiatric clinical nurse specialist at various mental health clinics and hospitals in Minnesota, where she earned her graduate degrees in nursing. Since 1999, Dr. Brodrick has been a member of the American Psychiatric Nurse Association (APNA), and she currently serves on the APNA Board of Directors for Colorado and the APNA Tobacco Council.
Dr. Latina M. Brooks is an assistant professor at the Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, where she also serves as the director of the MSN program. Her education interests include women’s health, family nursing, and advanced practice nursing. As a professor in the nursing school, her research focuses on diabetes and other endocrine disorders in women, as well as health disparities.
Dr. Marie Annette Brown is a professor at the University of Washington School of Nursing, where she also serves as the vice chair for education within the Department of Family and Child Nursing and a primary care nurse practitioner. Notably, Dr. Brown led the development and implementation of the UW’s doctor of nursing practice program, one of the first DNP programs in the nation and the first on the west coast. She has authored more than 90 research and clinical publications and co-authored three books, including the popular When Your Body Gets the Blues, with Jo Robinson; The Advanced Practice Nurse as Prescriber with Dr. Louise Kaplan; and Living with a Loved one with AIDS with Dr. Gail Powell-Cope.
Dr. Susan Bulfin is the DNP director and an associate professor at the Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. She is also a board-certified family nurse practitioner whose practice, research, and teaching have focused on women's health, community health, and caring-based models for healthcare delivery. Dr. Bulfin currently leads courses on research and evidence-based practice; the DNP practicum series; healthcare systems analysis; DNP role development; and nursing care of the childbearing family, among others. For her work, she was awarded the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award in 2012.
At the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Dr. Pamela Z. Cacchione serves as the Ralston House Endowed Term Chair in Gerontological Nursing, as well as an associate professor of geropsychiatric nursing. During her career, she has served as an editor for Clinical Nursing Research; on the editorial board for the Journal of Gerontological Nursing and Research in Gerontological Nursing; and as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America. In 2016, Dr. Cacchione received the Penn Nursing Dean’s Award for Exemplary Teaching, as well as the Barbara J. Lowery Doctoral Student Organization Faculty Award.
In addition to serving as a clinical professor and distinguished university teaching professor at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Mary L. Chesney has also worked as a certified pediatric nurse practitioner for more than three decades. Her clinical, teaching, and scholarship expertise include work in nursing leadership, U.S. health policy, children’s health advocacy, APRN utilization and advocacy, pediatric primary care, and health system quality improvement. She received the 2016 UM Outstanding Graduate/Professional Teaching Award, and she was inducted as a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Chesney’s scholarly work has appeared in the Journal of Nursing Regulation and the Journal of Pediatric Health Care. Notably, she delivered the keynote presentation at the 27th National Conference of the Society of Pediatric Nurses in Palm Beach, Florida.
At the University of California, Los Angeles School of Nursing, Dr. Sarah E. Choi is an associate professor. Her research focuses on focuses on identifying and understanding multidimensional factors associated with chronic disease self-management among ethnic minority immigrants, primarily Korean immigrants with type 2 diabetes mellitus. She is currently affiliated with both the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association; the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association; the Western Institute of Nursing; and Sigma Theta Tau International. Dr. Choi has also acted as the PI on a number of funded research projects, including a NIH/NINR National Research Service Award to study CHD Risk and Behavior in Korean immigrants with type 2 diabetes between 2005 and 2007.
Dr. Alison Moriarty Daley is an associate professor of nursing at Yale University, where she is a member and specialty coordinator for the pediatric nurse practitioner specialty. She also serves as founder and co-facilitator of Memories, an art-therapy grief and bereavement group for high school students who have suffered the loss of a loved one, and as chair of the mayor’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Council for New Haven. Dr. Daley retains a clinical practice at both the Yale-New Haven Adolescent Clinic and Hill Regional Career Magnet High School School-Based Clinic.
Dr. Jean Davison is an associate professor at UNC and as a primary care/family nurse practitioner. She is an expert in population health, health promotion, health disparities, cardiovascular disease, and self-management support, among other areas. She’s deeply committed not only to evidence-based practice in nursing, but also to values of service, diversity, ethics, and integrity. Her excellence in leadership is reflected in her numerous accolades, which include the 2018 AANP advocate state award from North Carolina; a 2014 UNC faculty recognition honor; and an exceptional performance recognition from the Department of Defense. Notably, she serves on an external advisory committee of the NC Healthcare Quality Alliance, which manages a $15 million grant to promote cardiovascular health.
Dr. Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili is an associate professor of nursing at the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, where she teaches in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Department, among others. Her areas of specialization include geriatric nursing and certified nutrition support, and her research focuses on the role of nutrition on improving health outcomes in older adults across the care continuum using a social-ecological framework. Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili contributed to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s recommendations to incorporate nutrition in education, training and research, and led the ASPEN committee to publish the 2016 revised standards of nursing practice. Throughout her career, she has received a total of $4.2 million in grant funding as PI or co-PI from many institutions, including the National Institutes of Health, the American Nurses Foundation, and the John A. Hartford Foundation, among others.
At the Yale University School of Nursing, Dr. Elizabeth Ann Doyle works as an assistant professor in the pediatric nurse practitioner specialty, where she also holds a joint appointment as an APRN/CDE with the Diabetes Center at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She teaches students in the areas of chronic illness and specialty care, and serves as an advisor for both MSN and DNP students. Dr. Doyle’s research interests include the psychosocial adaptation to type 1 diabetes, diabetes technology, transitional care in type 1 diabetes, and disordered eating behaviors in adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes.
Dr. Susan Doyle-Lindrud is an associate professor of nursing in the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, where she also serves as the assistant dean for academic affairs and the director of the DNP program. Her research interests include genitourinary oncology research, including prostate, bladder, and renal cancer. Dr. Doyle-Lindrud has received several awards, including the 2008 Doctor of Nursing Practice Award and a 2009 Diplomate of Comprehensive Care. Since 2014, she has served as an associate editor of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.
Dr. Andrew Dwyer is an assistant professor at the Boston College Connell School of Nursing. Previously, he worked as an assistant professor at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and a scientific collaborator in the Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Service. In addition, Dr. Dwyer is a certified family nurse practitioner and previously worked as a nurse practitioner and clinical research manager in the Reproductive Endocrine Unit of the Massachusetts General Hospital. He serves as a reviewer for a number of scientific journals and is a member of various organizations, such as the Pediatric Endocrine Nursing Society; the European Society of Endocrinology; the European Society of Paediatric Endocrinology; the Global Genetic Nursing Alliance; the International Society for Nurses in Genetics; and the Endocrine Nurses Society. During his career, Dr. Dwyer has received a number of awards, including the 2017 Betsy Love-McClung Endocrine Nurse Development Award from the Endocrine Nurses Society, among others.
Dr. Joy Elwell is an associate clinical professor at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, as well as the director of the DNP program. She holds a dual appointment with UCONN’s School of Medicine and practices at UCONN Health-Storrs, providing primary health care to children and adults. Dr. Elwell is a nationally recognized expert in health policy, and during her career she has helped design, draft, and pass successful legislation to advance nurse practitioner practice at the state and federal levels. In 2011, she was inducted as a fellow of the AANP, and she was inducted a fellow of the AAN in 2016.
At the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing, Dr. Renee Flippo serves as a clinical assistant professor, where she leads courses such as the introduction to professional lab practice. Prior to her time at Baylor, she was an assistant professor and the program director for the healthy grandparent and pediatric nurse practitioner programs at Georgia Regents University (GRU) in Augusta, Georgia; while there, she also worked as the pediatric nurse practitioner concentration coordinator and assistant professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing. Her research has appeared in various peer-reviewed publications, including the American Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery and the Journal of Pediatric Healthcare.
Dr. Tracie Gadler is an assistant professor in the family nurse practitioner program at the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies, where she has served since 2014. Dr. Gadler also maintains her clinical practice as an emergency department nurse practitioner in San Diego, California. Previously, from 2009 to 2014, she served as the study coordinator for a urologic outcomes database, which includes more than 1,200 patients, covering their cancer pathology, significant medical history, and laboratory work. Dr. Gadler has received numerous awards, including the 2014 Working Mother of the Year Award from Scripps Health System; the 2014-15 Graduate Nursing Scholarship from the American Cancer Society; and a Career Development Scholarship from Scripps Mercy Hospital from 2013-15, among a number of others.
At the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing, Dr. Donna M. Hallas serves as a clinical professor, as well as the director of the pediatrics nurse practitioner program. Dr. Hallas is a fellow of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP). She is also a faculty scholar of the International Qualitative Institute at Alberta, Canada. Her areas of specialty include primary care, pediatrics, and mental health. Her work has been published widely in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, the American Journal of Public Health, and Nursing Education Perspectives. She is also the recipient of the 2016 American Association of Nurse Practitioners New York State Award for Excellence, among other honors.
Dr. Mary Kamienski is an associate professor in the Rutgers University School of Nursing, where she leads courses in the graduate and DNP programs. She is instrumental in the development of curriculum and faculty and the mentorship of new faculty and DNP students. She participates in systematic review activities and leads the family nurse practitioner in emergency care program. Notably, she also serves as the co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson New Jersey Nursing Institute Faculty Preparation Scholar Program, which was awarded $21.3 million, and is the PI for the HRSA Grant in Women's Health, which was refunded for three more years for $339,000.
Dr. Annette Jakubisin-Konicki is an associate clinical professor at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, where she also serves as the coordinator of the FNP program. Her research interests include health promotion, eating disorders in adolescents, cardiovascular risk factor reduction, primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases, and cardiovascular disease in women. Her scholarly work has appeared in various publications, including the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, and she serves on the Professional Advisory Committee of the Day Kimball Home, among other positions.
Dr. Kara Jones-Schubart is a clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M School of Nursing, where her teaching interests include advanced nursing practice, nursing leadership, pathophysiology, and health assessment. Dr. Jones-Schubart’s research focuses on oral/systemic health, advanced practice nursing, interprofessional education, and chronic disease management. She is a board-certified family nurse practitioner.
Dr. Sharon M. Karp is an assistant professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University, where her research examines the prevention of childhood obesity through the promotion of early healthy feeding habits; the relationship of maternal psychosocial factors (depressive symptoms, stress, self-esteem) and parenting practices; and community and home-based interventions to prevent or reduce known risks associated with preterm births. She is a member of the Southern Nursing Research Society; the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science; the American Nurses Association; and the Sigma Theta Tau (Iota and Omicron Omicron Chapters), among other professional organizations. From 2006 to 2012, she acted as co-investigator on a grant awarded by the BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee Health Foundation to promote better birth outcomes in her state.
Dr. Charman Miller is an associate professor of nursing at Ohio University, as well as an associate director of the graduate division. As an educator, her research and professional interests include polypharmacy and infectious disease in older adults, geriatric syndromes, palliative medicine and interventions, and technology and nursing education. She is a nurse practitioner at Heartland Hospice, a position she has held since 2011.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, where she is both a professor and dean, Dr. Cindy L. Munro worked at the University of South Florida College of Nursing, where she was associate dean of research and innovation from 2011 through 2017. Dr. Munro’s research focuses on the relationship between oral health and the prevention of systemic disease, and her work has been supported by more than $18 million in funding as principal or co-investigator. Her current study of oral care in mechanically ventilated adults has been funded continuously by the National Institute of Nursing Research since 2001. Dr. Munro is a member of the National Academy of Inventors and holds fellowship status in the American Academy of Nursing, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition, she is a founding ambassador of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research, and in 2016, was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Hall of Fame.
At the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Dr. Ann Lawrence O’Sullivan serves as the Dr. Hildegarde Reynolds Endowed Term Professor of Primary Care Nursing, as well as the director of the family nurse practitioner program, the pediatric nurse practitioner program, and the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. She also works as a pediatric nurse practitioner and strives to help teen parents delay a second pregnancy. During her career, Dr. O’Sullivan has received significant recognition for her work, including the Exceptional Contribution Award from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing; the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, among a number of others.
Dr. Ellen Olshansky is a professor and the chair of the Department of Nursing at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in the University of Southern California. She serves as a women’s health nurse practitioner and a researcher focused on women's health across the lifespan, with a particular emphasis on reproductive health. Prior to joining the faculty at USC, Dr. Olshansky was a professor and founding director of the program in nursing science at UC Irvine. In addition, she was previously a board member of the Orange County Human Relations Council.
At the George Washington University School of Nursing, Dr. Arlene Pericak serves as an associate professor, where her current research focuses on best practices in educating NP students and the autonomy and scope of practice issues for practicing NPs. Dr. Pericak has served as a family nurse practitioner for the past two decades, in addition to her work as an educator. In April 2016, Dr. Pericak received the NONPF Educator of the Year Award and was named a Bender Teaching Award Finalist. Her scholarly work has appeared in Medical Care Research and Review, the Journal of Nursing Education, and the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, among others.
Dr. Oralea Pittman is an assistant professor of clinical nursing at the Ohio State University College of Nursing, where she also serves as the family nurse practitioner specialty track director. Her research interests include the use of simulation with advanced practice nursing students; the transitions from acute care to home; and precepting. She also works as a family nurse practitioner at Mad River Family Practice in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Dr. Pittman has received significant acclaim during her career; in 2010, she received the Chapter Teaching Award from the Sigma Theta Tau (Epsilon Chapter) at Ohio State, and in 2009, she was named as a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Dr. Kathryn Reid serves as an associate professor of nursing in the Department of Acute & Specialty Care at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. She currently serves on the state board of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners (VCNP), and has also been re-appointed to represent the 5th district on the Commonwealth’s Council on Aging. Her scholarly work has been published in the Diabetes Educator and the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, among others. She has received an array of awards throughout her career, including being selected as a 2005 fellow in the AACN Leadership in Academic Nursing Program.
Dr. Kerri Rupe is a clinical professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, as well as the program coordinator of the family nurse practitioner program. She is also a certified family nurse practitioner and a occupational health nurse specialist, and has worked in occupational health clinics and family practice clinics for nearly two decades. Her areas of expertise include occupational health issues and family, as well as health and prevention programs. She has spoken at numerous conferences organized through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the National Teaching Institute, and the National Wellness Conference.
Dr. Patricia A. Scott is an assistant professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University, where her current research interests include the use of telemedicine as a means to improve access to care, as well as quality in rural nurseries and APN practice management. She serves as the coordinator of the advanced practitioner group for Pediatrix Medical Group in Nashville and the coordinator of the neonatal transport service at Centennial Medical Center. Dr. Scott is a member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and the Academy of Neonatal Nursing; a regional trainer for the American Academy of Pediatrics' Neonatal Resuscitation Program; and a national faculty member and lead instructor for the STABLE Program.
As an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Dr. JoAnne Silbert-Flagg’s scholarship focuses on promoting breastfeeding from pregnancy through weaning via direct patient care and the education of healthcare professionals. She conducts the weekly mother’s breastfeeding support group at Johns Hopkins Hospital OB/GYN and is conducting a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the group in promoting the mothers’ breastfeeding goals. Dr. Silbert-Flagg serves as co-chair of the special interest group on breastfeeding for the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), as well as on the board of directors of the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition. Her areas of expertise include pediatric nursing, lactation, the primary care of pediatric patients, and newborns and childbirth.
Dr. Darlie Simerson is an assistant professor and the director of the adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner (emergency specialty), and AGNP (oncology specialty) programs at the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Her research interests include the translating evidence into practice and population health with a concentration in smoking cessation, opioid abuse, disaster preparedness, and emergency nursing issues. In addition, Dr. Simerson practices as a nurse practitioner in urgent care settings and provides care to patients of all ages. She is a long standing member of the Emergency Nurses Association and participates on the Evidence Based Practice Committee.
Prior to joining the staff at the University of Tulsa Oxley College of Health Sciences School of Nursing, where she serves as both the director of the school and a clinical assistant professor, Dr. Sheryl Stansifer practiced at the Hillcrest Medical Center with the hospitalist group. She is currently a volunteer faculty at the OU Department of Internal Medicine, and she is an ANCC-certified family nurse practitioner. Dr. Stansifer has experience in acute care, cardiology, neurology, and telemedicine, among other areas, and her research interests include evidence-based protocols for the prevention of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.
At the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Dr. Caroline M. Sullivan serves as an assistant professor of nursing. She is board-certified in adult health by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and she is a primary care provider in the Nurse Practitioner Group of Columbia Doctors (Primary Care). Her areas of expertise include diabetes, bronchitis, asthma, vaccinations, and travel health. As a nurse practitioner, she cares for adults while focusing on health promotion, disease prevention and management, wellness, and episodic care.
At the Yale University School of Nursing, Dr. Martha Swartz serves as a professor of nursing and chair of the Primary Care Division. In addition, she holds a joint appointment as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Yale New Haven Hospital Pediatric Primary Care Center. Dr. Swartz has received numerous awards during her career, including the Virginia Henderson Clinical Scholarship Award from Sigma Theta Tau International (Delta Mu Chapter); a University of Connecticut Pre-Doctoral Fellowship; and the Scholarship for Leadership Award from Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. Her areas of focus include primary care of newborn and preterm infants; health-related quality of life in children with chronic illness; and editorial and publication practices in nursing.
At the University of North Carolina School of Nursing, Dr. Marcia Van Riper serves as a professor of children’s health, disability ethics, healthcare communication, and primary care/family health for NPs, in addition to holding the position of chair of the Family Health Division. Her research focuses on the family experience of living with a genetic condition, with special emphasis on families of individuals with Down syndrome. Dr. Van Riper has received significant recognition for her work, including the 2013 Founders Award for Outstanding Nursing Education in Genetics from the International Society of Nurses in Genetics and a 2012 Fulbright Scholarship, among many other awards and honors.
At the Texas A&M University School of Nursing, Dr. Cynthia Weston serves as an assistant professor, where her research interests include congenital heart disease, health promotion, disease prevention, wellness, patient safety, and cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery. She has served in a number of other capacities, as well, including on the Board of Directors of the Texas Nurse Practitioners Association and as the vice-chair of the College of Nursing TNP Nominating Committee. Dr. Weston’s scholarly work has been published in variety of journals, such as the American Journal of Critical Care and Nursing Research and Practice.
Dr. Melody Wilkinson is an assistant professor and program director of the family nurse practitioner program at the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Sciences. She is a principal member of the the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education at Georgetown University Medical Center, and was recently presented with an Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Dr. Wilkinson is also board-certified as a family nurse practitioner and has been certified as an HIV specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. In 2015, she received the Tau Chapter Award for Excellence in Education from the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, one of the many awards she has received during her career.
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