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SPEAKERS

 

Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, RN, FAAN, was appointed vice president for health and health equity, Drexel University, and professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions and assumed these roles in September 2015. Dr. Jemmott had been a visiting professor and a member of the president’s cabinet as special advisor for community health equity since fall 2014.  She retired from a long and successful tenure at the University of Pennsylvania to join Drexel full time.

 

Dr. Jemmott, an expert in health promotion research, is one of the nation's foremost investigators in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention, with perhaps the most consistent track record of evidence-based HIV risk-reduction interventions. The team she and her husband, Dr. John B. Jemmott III, lead at Penn has attracted more than $100 million in NIH funding over the past two decades to design and test interventions that reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases among diverse populations. Her studies have proved successful in reducing both risk-associated behaviors and the incidence of infection.

 

Dr. Jemmott is an outstanding translational and community-engagement researcher who has had global impact. She has partnered with community-based organizations, from churches and clinics to barbershops, housing developments and schools, and transformed her research outcomes for use in real world settings. To date, eight of her evidence-based interventions have been designated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health for national and international dissemination. Those interventions are used in 50 states across the nation and eight nations across the globe.

 

As vice president, Dr. Jemmott focuses on expanding health equity in the neighborhoods where Drexel is committed to working with residents and community leaders to improve the quality of life. She was born and raised in Mantua in West Philadelphia, and her work will complement extensive neighborhood partnerships Drexel has developed there, as well as the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ groundbreaking achievements through the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University in North Philadelphia. Dr. Jemmott is also involved in community health improvement through the establishment of the Federal Promise Zone in West Philadelphia.

 

At the College of Nursing and Health Professions, Dr. Jemmott works with researchers to build the college’s growing research portfolio in nursing and health professions research. She is one of America’s leading translational researchers in health care.

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Christine K. Bradway, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN received her MSN and PhD in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. In her current position as an Associate Professor of Gerontological Nursing at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Nursing, Dr. Bradway provides faculty leadership for the Trinity LIFE (Living Independently for Elders) Program, mentors numerous graduate students and teaches core courses for PhD students and students in the Adult Health and Gerontology NP program. Dr. Bradway currently maintains a clinical appointment with Genesis Physician Services to provide urologic nursing care and consultation to frail elderly adults and with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to mentor and collaborate with nursing and inter-professional colleagues in urologic and gerontolgical care issues.

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Cindy Brockway, MSN, RN, CCRP is Director of Research and Oncology Supportive Services at Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital.  In this role she provides oversight of entity wide clinical research studies.  Her passion is mentoring and coaching nurses in the conduct of research and providing leadership and support in incorporating evidence into practice.

She earned a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Delaware in the Acute Care CNS Program and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Michigan State University.  She is a Certified Clinical Research Professional and recently became an EBP Mentor through the Center for Transdisciplinary Evidence-based Practice at Ohio State University.

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J. Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, APRN, FAAN is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Her work with disadvantaged groups and individuals includes a clinical background as an advanced practice nurse working in community settings. Dr. Brooks Carthon’s scholarship focuses on reducing health disparities among socially-at-risk populations by identifying mechanisms to improve the delivery of nursing care. She is the recipient of a number of prestigious research awards including a RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars Award to examine readmission disparities and a recent R01 from NIH/NIMHD to determine the influence of nursing care on in-hospital cardiac arrest outcome disparities.

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Christian N. Burchill, PhD, MSN, RN, CEN is a nurse scientist in Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Nursing Research and Innovation. Dr. Burchill’s program of research is in organizational factors impacting nurse engagement and patient outcomes, and the impact of patient-visitor aggression on the personal and professional wellbeing of healthcare providers. Dr. Burchill also mentors nurses in research and evidence-based practice, and has extensive experience in emergency and trauma nursing, and helped develop the American Nurses Association’s workplace violence position statement. Dr. Burchill holds a BSN from West Chester University, MSN in psychiatric-mental health nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, and PhD in Adult and Organization Development from Temple University. He is president of the Cleveland chapter of the Emergency Nurses Association.

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Pamela Z. Cacchione, PhD, CRNP, BC, FGSA, FAAN is the Ralston House Term Chair in Gerontological Nursing and Associate Professor of Geropsychiatric Nursing-CE at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is a Nurse Scientist at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and was previously the Director of Research at the Mercy Living Independently For Elders (LIFE)- West Philadelphia and a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner addressing the mental health needs of the members at LIFE. Dr. Cacchione Received her BSN from Villanova University School of Nursing, MSN as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner from Marymount University School of Nursing, and her PhD from Saint Louis University School of Nursing. She went on to do a post doctorate at the University of Iowa College of Nursing focused on delirium in sensory impaired rural older adults in long-term care.  Dr. Cacchione is the Editor of Clinical Nursing Research, An International Journal. She is also on the editorial boards of the Journal of Gerontological Nursing and Research in Gerontological Nursing.  She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, A Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and the a Past President of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association.

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Peggy Compton, PhD, RN, FAAN is the Van Amerigen Endowed Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Her areas of clinical expertise are opioids, addiction and pain.  She has published extensively in the scientific literature on substance use disorder in chronic pain patients on opioid therapy, and the pain responses of opioid addicts with and without chronic pain. Having worked in several public treatment settings, she is especially expert in the use of methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone in the treatment of opioid use disorder. She has served on FDA, SAMHSA and NIH expert panels on prescription opioid abuse, and contributed to position statements from the American Pain Society, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, and the American Society of Pain Management Nurses on pain management for patients with addictive disease.  She currently serves as principal investigator on an NIDA-supported grant exploring hyperalgesic responses in individuals undergoing opioid taper.

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Carolyn L. Davidson, PhD, RN, CCRN-a, ARNP, CHPQ currently has accountability and responsibility for overseeing Patient Care Services, Quality, Practice and Research within a 1200+ bed network.  She facilitates the professional growth of present and future management teams, collaborates with respective chairperson/chiefs of medical staff departments in meeting mutually established goals and objectives, assists and supports the Sr. VP of Patient Care Services in being innovative, creative and visionary. 

 

A strong advocate of research and evidence-based practice (EBP), Carolyn leads clinical services in EBP, and developed the EBP Fellows program, a research and education program for nursing staff, as well as the Nurse Residency for all newly hired baccalaureate nurses.  She guides staff participation in bedside research and has led the evolution of clinical procedures to evidence based practice. Her knowledge and strong commitment to leading professionals in nursing improvement is reflected by her ongoing passion to elevate practice.

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Jenni Day, PhD, RN is the Director of Nursing Research at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore. In her role, Dr. Day is responsible for building and.  Her research focus is on older adults and family caregivers; her work on compassion fatigue has received NIH funding. She has presented and published on these topics, in addition to engaging clinical nurses in nursing research and building PhD and DNP-prepared nurse partnerships to improve patient outcomes. Dr. Day received her Bachelors of Arts from the University of Virginia, Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University, and Doctor of Philosophy from Duke University. 

 
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John J Gallagher, DNP, RN, CCNS, CCRN, RRT is currently the Trauma Program Manager and a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia. He received his DNP from the University of Pittsburgh and MSN at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. He has practiced in a variety of clinical settings including the Trauma Resuscitation Unit and Surgical ICU, Emergency Department and Pulmonary Step-down Units as both a staff nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist. Additionally, John is a Registered Respiratory Therapist and has practiced as a Paramedic in the state of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of AACN, as well as the Society of Critical Care Medicine Nursing Section, and the Society of Trauma Nurses. His areas of clinical interest include ARDS, mechanical ventilation, and endpoints of resuscitation.

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Linda Hatfield, PhD, RN, NNP-BC received her BS, MS and PhD from The Pennsylvania State University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Human Molecular Genetics from the National Institute of Nursing Research. Dr. Hatfield is an Assistant Professor of Evidence-based Practice, a board certified neonatal nurse practitioner, and the faculty advisor to the School of Nursing’s Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. As Director of Research and Evidence-based Practice at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, Dr. Hatfield’s clinical responsibilities facilitate direct care nurse’s awareness and understanding of nursing research and evidence based practice.

 

Dr. Hatfield’s program of research investigating the analgesic properties of behavioral and environmental interventions, the genetic association between treatment interventions and infant pain physiology, and the long-term effects of undermanaged pain in infants and young children has received national and international recognition. She is a member of numerous scholarly and professional organizations and regularly reviews manuscripts for national and international pediatric and pain management journals. Dr. Hatfield teaches advanced research methods and lectures on pediatric pain management and molecular genetics in undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing.

 
 
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Robin Hermann, MSN, RN, CCRP is the Manager of Nursing Research at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In this role Ms. Hermann supports the advancement of nursing science by providing expertise in IRB submissions, data collection, data management and study logistics. She is a certified clinical research professional and previously worked as a research coordinator and was responsible for randomized clinical trials, investigator initiated trials, IRB submissions, data collection, data entry and grant submissions.  She is a current IRB member and previously served on Ethics committees since 1995. 

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Linda Hoke, PhD, RN, AGCNS-BC, CCNS, CCRN, WCC received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Widener University her Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD from Temple University.  Dr. Hoke is a unit based Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in the Beacon Certified progressive cardiac intermediate care unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr Hoke mentors clinical nurses, CNS and CNS students, supporting their professional development with achieving certification, abstract submission, poster development and podium presentations.  She has led a numerous peer review abstract works shops at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with excellent acceptance rate. This work was published in Hoke, L.M. & Papa, A.M. (2014). Increasing the Odds, Using Peer Review Promotes Successful Abstract Submission. Clinical Nurse Specialist. 28 (1): 46-55. Dr. Hoke is nationally recognized through numerous publications, research, and presentations.

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Sara Holland, DNP, RN is the Director of Education and Research at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and provides oversight and direction for nurse driven research projects and overseeing competency based educational programming for clinical nurses. The department of Nursing Education and Research oversees development, implementation and reviews processes for staff and patient education. She supports the assessment of educational and developmental needs and oversees the utilization of relevant technology to track and create cost effective approaches to education and professional development that meets the various learning needs of all levels of clinical nurses.  Sara collaborates with the Nursing Leadership team to ensure integration of educational services to meet the needs of specific entities and service lines. She has also established a strong foundation in the development of translating evidence into practice through core councils and committees in Nursing Shared Governance by developing education on evidence-based practice. Sara acts as the liaison between the clinical setting and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR).

 
Juliane Jablonski

Juliane Jablonski, DNP, RN, CCRN, CCNS is a critical care clinical nurse specialist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.   She has unit based accountabilities for clinical practice and operations in a general surgical ICU. She also leads the hospital-wide nursing critical care practice/policy committee.  She graduated in 2014 with her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Johns Hopkins University. Her DNP work focused on outcomes related to the implementation of pain, agitation, and delirium (PAD) guidelines in surgical critical care. Dr. Jablonski is now the co-chair to the Penn Medicine critical care committee leading initiatives to increase ICU value through translation of the Society for Critical Care Medicine ABCDEF Bundle. She has worked on national critical care collaborative groups for Wake up and Breath and Delirium initiatives. Dr. Jablonski has published work related to implementation of PAD guidelines, and recently published a book chapter on pain, agitation, and delirium in Principles of Surgical Critical Care.

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Subha Kukkala, DNP, MSN, PGDHE, RN-CLC has been a nurse for over 25 years. She currently practices in ambulatory surgery at Princeton Medical Center. She has extensive clinical background in women’s health nursing and is a certified lactation counselor. She recently completed her doctorate of nursing practice scholarship on understanding the gaps in breastfeeding practices to better support breastfeeding women. Subha holds a postgraduate diploma in higher education, and serves on the Nursing Research Council at Princeton Medical Center. She participates in many research activities and supports evidence-based practice initiatives at her organization.

 

Julia Lavenberg, PhD, RN, is a Research Analyst at Penn Medicine’s Center for Evidence-based Practice (CEP).  She has 30 years of clinical nursing experience and a doctorate from Penn’s Graduate School of Education.  Prior to joining CEP, she held education-related research positions with the Campbell Collaboration, Rutgers University, and the School District of Philadelphia. Since joining CEP, Dr. Lavenberg has completed ~50 reports for stakeholders across the health system. She has published in peer review journals, co-authored a Cochrane review, conducted peer review for Cochrane and other international organizations, and presented on information retrieval strategies at local and international conferences. At Penn Medicine, she presents at meetings and helps guide nurses in developing search strategies and critical appraisal techniques.

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Maribeth LeBreton, DNP, RN, CRNP, APN-BC received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Villanova University, her Masters of Nursing and post master’s certificate from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Widener University in 2015. Dr. LeBreton is an adult nurse practitioner at Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine who has had the opportunity to participate in numerous system – wide initiatives to increase patient safety and quality of care.

 

Dr. LeBreton is a Nurse Practitioner in an innovative program called Care Connections.  This team – based program is an interprofessional effort whose mission is to improve health care for the super utilizer population in the Lancaster General Health network. Her capstone project demonstrated the efficacy of including an assessment of health literacy and the teach – back method of patient teaching in this vulnerable patient population. Dr. LeBreton has worked with the Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine Patient Education Committee, as chair of the Health Literacy subcommittee to implement Health Literacy Assessment across the organization and is working on implementing Teach-back education with Motivational Interviewing across the organization. 

 

Dr. LeBreton is the recipient of the 2017 Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year.

 
Cheryl Ann Monturo

Cheryl Ann Monturo, PhD, MBE, ACNP-BC is Professor of Nursing at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and a Research Specialist for Penn Medicine at Chester County Hospital in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She earned a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, a Master’s Degree and Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania Schools of Nursing and Medicine in Philadelphia, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. She completed a Hartford Claire M. Fagin postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in cooperation with the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Philadelphia.

 

Her program of research focuses on bioethical issues related to palliative and hospice care in older adults. Dr. Monturo authored or co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, lectured locally and nationally on her research interests and serves on local and national ethics and advisory boards/panels as a Nurse Bioethicist. Dr. Monturo is the recipient of both pre and postdoctoral national scholarships.

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William Pezzotti, DNP, RN, CRNP, AGACNP-BC, CEN was born and raised in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He received his BSN from Neumann University during which time he was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society. William began his nursing career as a staff nurse at Christiana Hospital, specializing in emergency/trauma nursing as well as mobile intensive care nursing, and earned his MSN from Thomas Jefferson University. William is a Board Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and has experience as a nurse practitioner in hospital medicine and critical care medicine. Most recently, he completed his DNP from West Chester University. Currently, he is employed as a critical care nurse practitioner at Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital.

 
Rosemary C. Polomano

Rosemary C. Polomano, PhD, RN, FAAN is Professor of Pain Practice at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care (Secondary) at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She earned her PhD from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, and her Master’s and Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Laboratory Research at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

 

Her programs of research focus on instrument development and testing of patient-reported outcome measures, advancing the translation of pain science to practice, and post-surgical and cancer-related pain and acute and chronic pain in military service members and Veterans. Dr. Polomano has participated in several national advisory boards and panels, and has authored several evidence-based guidelines and expert consensus reports on pain management. She has lectured throughout the country on pain-related topics. She has been involved with numerous research projects and has authored or co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed articles and 30 book chapters in nursing and medical textbooks. Dr. Polomano has received numerous scholarships and national research awards for her investigations related to acute and chronic pain management.

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Barbara Riegel, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, is the Edith Clemmer Steinbright Professor of Gerontology at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing and Co-editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Dr. Riegel is an established nurse scientist studying adults with cardiovascular disease. Her primary research interest is self-care of older adults with chronic heart failure. This interest in self-care grew out of her early years as a Clinical Nurse Researcher at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego, California, where she led several studies testing methods of transitioning chronically ill patients from hospital to home. In recent years her focus has evolved to address self-care in other chronically ill populations and adults with multiple chronic conditions. She has developed several psychometrically sound measures of self-care, which are freely available on her website (www.self-care-measures.com). Many of these measures have been translated into other languages; these translations also are available on the website. Her work in self-care and disease management has been cited widely and used to support programs of care internationally.

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Jackie Somerville, PhD, RN, FAAN is an accomplished nurse executive experienced in nursing practice development and transformation. In her current role as Chief Nurse Executive at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, she serves the staff, patients and their families. In addition, she serves as A Visiting Scholar at Boston College William Connell School of Nursing, an Affiliate Professor at Northeastern University, Bouve’ College of Health Sciences and a Faculty Associate and Certified Caritas Coach at the Watson Caring Science Institute. Her previous roles have included Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Associate Chief Nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital, Director of Preoperative Nursing at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Senior Consultant for the Center for Case Management and Vice Chair for Surgical Nursing at New England Medical Center. A graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in nursing, she received her Master of Science degree in nursing administration from Boston University and her PhD in nursing from Boston College. Her dissertation focused on development and psychometric evaluation of an instrument to measure patients’ perceptions of feeling “known” by their nurses.  She is a member of the International Association for Human Caring and a reviewer for the journal, a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, The Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders, Sigma Theta Tau and the American Nurses Association.

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Margaret C. Souders, PhD, CRNP is Assistant Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, where she received her BSN, MSN, and PhD in Nursing. Dr. Souders’ hypothesizes that circadian rhythms and changes in these rhythms may put children at risk for autism spectrum disorder. Her expertise in sleep medicine and genetics allows Dr. Souders to create targeted interventions for children with autism. Dr. Souders teaches all courses in the Integrated Nursing Care of Autism Spectrum Disorder minor, including nurse leadership for family advocacy and neurodevelopmental care. Her work in the Clinical Genetics Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) allows her to bring her research to two new families each week, working as part of a multidisciplinary team to diagnose autism or reconfirm the diagnosis and fine-tune treatment protocols. Dr. Souders was a principal investigator for a Department of Defense grant on “Feasibility of tailored behavioral interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder.”

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Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN is a Professor of Perinatal Nursing & the Helen M. Shearer Professor of Nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing sharing a joint appointment as a nurse researcher and director of the lactation program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the clinical coordinator of the CHOP Mothers’ Milk Bank.

Dr. Spatz is an active researcher, clinician, and educator who is internationally recognized for her work surrounding the use of human milk and breastfeeding particularly in vulnerable populations. Dr. Spatz has been PI or co-investigator on over 30 research grants, included several from the NIH.  She has authored and co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications. In 2004, Dr. Spatz develop her 10 step model for human milk and breastfeeding in vulnerable infants.  This model has been implemented in NICUs throughout the United States and other countries worldwide. Dr. Spatz has been named a prestigious “Edge Runner” for the American Academy of Nursing related to the development and outcomes of her model. 

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Marilyn (Lynn) Stringer, PhD, RN, FAAN is a Professor Emeritus in Women’s Health Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.  In her role she advances the missions of both the School of Nursing and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania through the unique integration of teaching, practice, and scholarship.  Dr. Stringer’s has be recognized globally for her clinical scholarship that focuses on the promotion of a healthy pregnancy and the reduction of preterm births for high-risk women.  She  has changed the paradigm of advanced practice nursing with the incorporation of a highly sophisticated method of fetal assessment, limited obstetrical ultrasonography (LOBU), known to improve birth outcomes by reducing infant morbidity and mortality. In addition, Dr. Stringer is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nursing. 

 
 
Rebecca L. Trotta

Rebecca L. Trotta, PhD, RN is the Director of Nursing Research and Science at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  In this role, Dr. Trotta oversees nursing research initiatives and provides leadership for advancing nursing research capacity and the translation of evidence into practice.  Dr. Trotta received her doctorate in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, and her dissertation focused on palliative care for frail older adults in the nursing home setting.   Prior to receiving her doctorate, Dr. Trotta practiced as a geriatric nurse practitioner and a clinical nurse in cardiac intermediate care.

 

Dr. Trotta’s program of research focuses on care of older adults in the acute care setting.  She is currently the Principal Investigator on a $1.5 M grant from the Health Resources Administration aimed at developing a nurse-led interprofessional care model to address the needs of older adults in the acute care setting.  

 
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Jill Vanak, PhD, ACNP-BC, AOCNP, is a board certified acute care nurse practitioner and health care outcomes strategist, who came to the University of Pennsylvania Health System from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in New York. Dr. Vanak specializes in the care of patients with onco-hematologic malignancies, specifically those patients whose treatment includes hematopoietic stem cell transplant. Dr. Vanak was employed in a clinical and research role from 2003-2016, beginning her career as a registered nurse on the Bone Marrow Transplant in-patient unit. She has performed at multiple clinical levels, and in 2007 took on the role of research nurse practitioner for the lymphoma service at MSK. She has experience in the design and implementation of clinical trials and was a founding director and co-principal investigator of a Homebound Stem Cell Transplantation program. In addition to her previous clinical roles, Dr. Vanak served as a healthcare outcomes research strategist.

Dr. Vanak is a published author of articles on interventions and treatments for patients with onco-hematologic malignancies. She is an active member of the Oncology Nursing Society and a member of Academy Health. She is an ANCC board-certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP-BC), an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP), and Bone Marrow Transplant Certified Registered Nurse (BMTCN). Dr. Vanak received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Georgetown University. She received her Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Columbia University and completed her doctorate (PhD) at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research Center.