Faculty, Alumni, Among AAN 2023 Class of New Fellows

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is proud to announce and honor three faculty members, five alumni and two post-doctoral fellows who have achieved Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing (Academy).

Congratulations to:


John Gallagher, DNP ‘16, RN, CCNS, CCRN-K, TCRN, CHSE, RRT, FCCM, professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing; trauma program manager, Penn Medicine

Marci Nilsen, PhD ‘13, MSN ‘08, BSN ‘05 RN, CHPN, assistant professor University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, School of Medicine

Karin Warner, DNP, MS, MA, MS, BSN, RN, LSSBB, professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs


Kelley Baumgartel, PhD ‘24, assistant professor University of South Florida College of Nursing

Helene Burns, DNP ‘18, RN, NEA-BC, senior VP and divisional chief nursing officer, Jefferson Health New Jersey

Christina Calamaro, PhD, MSN ’88, PPCNP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP, director of research and evidence-based practice for nursing and Allied Health, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; associate professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University

Yu-Yun Hsu, PhD ‘04, RN, assistant professor, National Cheng Kung University Department of Nursing, College of Medicine

Kelly Wiltse Nicely, PhD ’10, MSN ’05, CRNA, FAANA, assistant professor, director of Nurse Anesthesia DNP program, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University 


Stephanie Gilbertson-White, PhD, APRN-BC, professor and director, PhD program, University of Iowa College of Nursing

Mitchell Knisely, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, PMGT-BC, associate professor, Duke University School of Nursing

The group was selected into the Academy for their substantial, sustained, and outstanding impact on health and health care.

“This noteworthy accomplishment not only showcases their exemplary expertise and impact on health and health care but also reflects the commitment of Pitt Nursing to fostering excellence in research and scholarship,” said Christine E. Kasper, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACSM, dean, and professor. “Their selection into the Academy brings immense pride to Pitt Nursing and serves as an inspiration to our students, faculty, and broader academic community to continue to strive for excellence.”

The American Academy of Nursing consists of around 2,900 Fellows who are influential nursing leaders in education, management, practice, and research. These Fellows encompass a diverse range of roles, including association executives, university presidents, elected officials, hospital executives, researchers, and more. Fellowship into the Academy is not only a recognition of professional accomplishments but also carries a commitment to actively contribute time and efforts towards advancing the Academy’s mission and collaborating with other health leaders to transform the healthcare system across the country.

 “These remarkable achievements exemplify the caliber of faculty and learning we have at Pitt Nursing, and we are immensely proud of their contributions,” said Kasper.

According to a news release from the American Academy of Nursing, the newest Fellows, and largest class, represent 40 states, the District of Columbia, and 13 countries.

The inductees will be recognized at the Academy’s annual Health Policy Conference on October 5 – 7, 2023 in Washington, DC.