Notable Alumni

We invite you to meet University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Alumni who are leaders in their respective fields: 

Academic Deans

  • Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing 
  • Barbara Broome, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Kent State University College of Nursing (retired) 
  • Phensiri Dumrongpakapakorn, PhD 
    Boromarajonani College of Nursing Nakorn Phanom University 
  • Laura J. Fero, PhD, MSN, RN
    Henrietta Schmoll School of Health at St. Catherine University
  • Lynn George, PhD, RN, CNE
    College of Health and Wellness at Carlow University
  • Mary Pat Lewis, PhD, RN 
    SUNY Delhi School of Nursing (retired) 
  • Kathy Mayle, MNED, MBA, RN 
    Community College of Allegheny County School of Nursing 
  • Rosemary McCarthy, PhD 
    La Roche University
  • Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAAN
    College of Nursing at The Ohio State University
  • Victoria Rich, PhD, RN, FAAN 
    University of South Florida College of Nursing (retired) 
  • Kathy H. Rideout, EdD, PPCNP-BC, FNAP 
    University of Rochester School of Nursing
  • Marlaine Smith, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC, FAAN
    Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing (retired) 
  • Ratsiri Thato, PhD 
    Chulalongkorn University
  • Rita Trofino, DNP, MNEd, RN 
    School of Health Sciences & Education at St. Francis University
  • Terri Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN 
    College of Nursing at University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Mary Elizabeth Williams, MSN 
    College of Health & Human Services Indiana University of Pennsylvania (retired) 


  • Arkady Barber, BSN
    Director of Research at Mid-Atlantic Epilepsy and Sleep Center
  • Cynthia Brown, MSN 
    Senior Clinical Research Associate at Merck & Company, Incorporated
  • Anthony Chao, MSN 
    CRNA at UPMC Presbyterian and Creator of CE Agent App
  • John Gallagher, DNP 
    Trauma Program Manager at Penn Medicine
  • Beverly Kosmach-Park, DNP, RN, FAAN
    Clinical Nurse Specialist, Department of Transplant Surgery  and Director of Camp Chihopi at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • John O’Donnell, PhD 
    Professor and Chair, Department of Nurse Anesthesia at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and Founder of LUMIS Corp.
  • Darinda Sutton, MSN
    VP and CNO Foundation and Premier at Cerner Corporation


  • Yu-Mei Yu Chao, PhD
    Adjunct Research Fellow, National Health Research Institutes (Taiwan)
  • Richard Henker, PhD, FAAN
    Professor, University of Pittsburgh; Program Director for the Cambodia and Bhutan Nurse Anesthesia Overseas sites
  • Prakin Suchaxaya, PhD
    Coordinator; Gender, Equity and Human Rights; World Health Organization


  • Patricia Horoho, MSN, FAAN
    U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commander, U.S. Army Medical Command (retired)

Hospital/Health Administration

  • Linda McBride Antes, MSN
    CNO at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center
  • Helen Burns, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Senior VP and Chief Nursing Officer at Excela Health System
  • Adelle Copeland, MSN 
    Corporate Director of Education at LifeCare Hospitals
  • Brent Dunworth, DNP
    Chief CRNA and Associate Director of Advanced Practice at the Vanderbilt Medical Center 
  • Kathi Elliot, MSN
    Executive Director at Gwen’s Girls
  • Noreen Fredrick, DNP 
    Executive Director at Mon-Yough Community Services
  • Michael Harlovic, MSN 
    President and CEO at Oswego Health
  • Anne Hast, DNP 
    CEO at Advanced Surgical Hospital
  • Diane Hupp, DNP 
    CNO, VP Operations & Patient Care Services at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Dawndra Jones, DNP 
    CNO & VP Patient Care Services at UPMC McKeesport
  • Andrea Mazzoccoli, PhD, FAAN 
    Chief Nursing and Quality Officer at Bon Secours Health System 
  • Tami Minnier, RN, MSN, FACHE, FAAN 
    Chief Quality Officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Executive Director at the Beckwith Institute 
  • Pearl Moore, RN, MN, FAAN 
    CEO and Executive Director at the Oncology Nursing Society (retired) 
  • Amy Pollard, MSN
    President and CEO at Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital
  • Melanie Shatzer, DNP 
    Director of Learning and Innovation at Health First Center for Learning
  • Melissa Tian, MSN 
    Administrative Director at Allegheny Health Network Research Institute
  • Joel Tompkins, MSN 
    Chief Operating Office at North Division at NorthStar Anesthesia


  • Theresa Brown, PhD
    Best-selling Author
  • Judith Charlson, BSN
    Artist and Sculptor

Federal Government

  • Alan Bernstein, MS, RN 
    VHA Deputy Chief Nursing Officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Bashira Charles, PhD 
    Center for Research on Genomics & Global Health
  • Wendy Henderson, PhD, MSN, CRNP
    Investigator, Chief, Digestive Disorders Unit at the National Institutes of Health 
  • Holly Williams, PhD 
    Director of CDC Occupational Health Clinics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & Active Duty in the US Public Health Service of the Uniformed Services  

Professional Organizations

  • Cynthia Roth, MPM 
    President and CEO at West Virginia University Foundation
  • Deborah Trautman, PhD
    Chief Executive Officer at American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)


Academic Organizations

  • Michael Beach DNP, ANCP-BC, PNP
    Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and Pennsylvania 1 Disaster Medical Team (PA-1 DMAT) (retired) 
  • Cathy Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Professor and Endowed Oncology Chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and Program Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research funded T32 grant (Interdisciplinary Training of Nurse Scientists in Cancer Survivorship Research)
  • Lora Burke, PhD, MPH, FAHA, FAAN
    Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and Chair of the Council Operations Committee and the Science of Behavior Change Committee at the American Heart Association
  • Annette DeVito Dabbs, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN
    Professor and Department Chair at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and Director of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing’s T32 Technology: Research in Chronic and Critical Illness Training grant
  • Nicole Osier, PhD, RN 
    Director of the Biobehavioral Core of St. David’s Chapel at the University of Texas at Austin 
  • Nancy Rothman, MSN, EdD, RN 
    Independence Foundation Professor of Urban Community Nursing in the Department of Nursing at College of Public Health, Temple University 

Advanced Practice

  • Corrie Berk, DNP
    Medical Director at Loma Linda University Faculty Medical Center
  • Kathy Godfrey, DNP
    Nurse Practitioner at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, (2017 Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award winner)
  • Cathy Grant, DNP, FNP-BC 
    Assistant Professor and Director of Family NP Program at Carlow University 
  • Jacqueline Pitterich, MSN
    Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Telephone Triage, (Developed & Organized the Developmental Care Committee in the NICU)