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, FAAN
    Oregon Health & Science University
  • Phensiri Dumrongpakapakorn, PhD
    Dean, Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Thailand
  • ​Laura J. Fero, PhD, RN
    Henrietta Schmoll School of Health, St. Catherine University
  • Valerie Howard, EdD, MSN, ANEF, FAAN
    UNC Chapel Hill
  • Cynthia Hudson, DNS
    North Park University
  • Lisa Kitko, PhD, FAHA, FAAN
    Dean, University of Rochester
  • Kathy Mayle, MNED
    Community College of Allegheny County
  • Rosemary McCarthy, PhD
    LaRoche University
  • Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, FAAN
    Ohio State University
  • Ratsiri Thato, PhD
    Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Jing Wang, PhD, MPH, FAAN
    Florida State University

Academic Organizations and Research

  • Arkady Barber, BSN
    Director of Research at Mid Atlantic Epilepsy Center
  • Annette DeVito Dabbs, PhD, FAAN 
    Professor, University of Pittsburgh; Director of the School’s T32 Technology: Research in Chronic and Critical Illness Training grant and the SON sponsored eHealth Research Hub
  • John O’Donnell, PhD
    Professor and Chair, Department of Nurse Anesthesia, Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program
    University of Pittsburgh; Founder, LUMIS Corp.
  • Nico Osier, PhD 
    Assistant Professor, Director of the Biobehavioral Core of St. David’s Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research, University of Texas at Austin
  • Cynthia Roth, MPM
    President and CEO, West Virginia University Foundation

Military, Governmental, and Multinational NGOs

  • Alan Bernstein, MSN
    Deputy Chief Nursing Office, Office of Nursing Services, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Wendy Henderson, PhD
    Chief, Biobehavioral Unit, Division of Intramural Research, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health
  • Patricia Horoho, MSN, FAAN
    U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commander, U.S. Army Medical Command (retired)
  • Prakin Suchaxaya, PhD
    Coordinator; Gender, Equity and Human Rights; World Health Organization
  • Holly Williams, PhD
    Program Analyst, Office of Evaluations & Inspections, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hospital, Health Care, and Community Leadership

  • Krista Bragg, DNP, MBA
    Senior Vice President Executive Clinical Operations Highmark Health
  • Helen Burns, PhD, FAAN
    Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Excela Health
  • Adelle Copeland, MSN
    Corporate Director of Education, LifeCare Hospitals
  • Brent Dunworth, DNP, CRNA
    Director, Advanced Practice Anesthesia, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Kathi Elliot, MSN
    Executive Director, Gwen’s Girls
  • Melanie Heuston, DNP
    Chief Nursing Executive, WVU Health System
  • Diane Hupp, DNP, FAAN
    President, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • Andrea Mazzoccoli, PhD, FAAN
    Chief Nurse & Quality Officer, Bon Secours Health System
  • Tami Minnier, MSN, FACHE, FAAN
    Senior Vice President, UPMC Health Services Division; Chief Quality & Operational Officer, UPMC
  • Pearl Moore, MSN
    Founder & Retired CEO, Oncology Nursing Society
  • Melanie Shatzer, DNP
    Vice President, HR Retail Services & Organizational Effectiveness, Health First
  • Melissa Tian, MSN
    Administrative Director, Allegheny Health Network Research Institute
  • Joel Tompkins, MSN
    President, NorthStar Anesthesia
  • Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN President & Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)