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Melissa D Harlan

Assistant Professor
Acute & Tertiary Care


Dr. Melissa Harlan received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Virginia University in 2008 and began her career as a trauma-surgical nurse at Allegheny General Hospital, a level I trauma center in Pittsburgh, PA, in the Spring of 2009. While there she gained experience in orthopedic, trauma and surgical nursing. Dr. Harlan also served as charge nurse and preceptor to undergraduate nursing students and graduate nurses. In 2014 she completed her Master of Science in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of Pittsburgh, and shortly after assumed the position of community health nurse educator for an international organization in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. She spent six months educating staff at a children’s home and private school on health promotion and disease prevention practices. Upon her return to the United States, she became a nursing instructor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. In 2018 Dr. Harlan received her DNP from the University of Pittsburgh and began her appointment as an assistant professor in the School of Nursing’s Acute and Tertiary Care Department. 

Clinical Emphasis

Orthopedic Trauma and Trauma-Surgical Nursing



Since Dr. Harlan joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh she has instructed clinical for traditional and accelerated students at the sophomore through senior level.  She also guest lectures on organ transplantation in the medical-surgical course for senior nursing students.  


When not instructing students Dr. Harlan is passionate about engaging in efforts to promote healthcare and social equality. She currently works with two organizations in the Pittsburgh area to aid Hispanic and Somalian immigrants in obtaining housing and healthcare services. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and the International Nurses Association.