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Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb: Faculty Directory

Cheryl R. Dennison Himmelfarb, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN

Associate Professor
Director, Office of Science and Innovation
Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb
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"This is a great time to be a nurse. It is increasingly recognized that nurses have a unique understanding of health care systems, and provider and patient issues. We’re leading efforts to solve challenging problems --- to make a difference in patient outcomes."

As a clinician, researcher, and nurse educator at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Dr. Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb is committed to improving cardiovascular care for high risk, underserved populations. Her current research—which bridges scientific research and clinical practice and develops and tests interdisciplinary and health information technology-based approaches—focuses on reducing system and provider barriers to the implementation of cardiovascular guidelines in acute, primary care, and community settings. To improve the quality of care among cardiovascular patients, she is developing and testing innovative decision support-based strategies to facilitate clinical adherence to national evidence-based guidelines. Dr. Dennison Himmelfarb has been investigator or principal investigator on many NIH-and foundation-funded trials testing interdisciplinary models of care and other strategies to reduce cardiovascular health disparities among high-risk urban populations and black South Africans. She credits exceptional mentoring during her doctoral studies and as a junior faculty member at the School for her ongoing dedication and motivation to excellence in nursing research.

Dr. Dennison Himmelfarb is Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Department of Acute and Chronic Care and the School of Medicine’s Division of Health Sciences Informatics, and a Core Faculty member in the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. She directs the The Helene Fuld Leadership Program for the Advancement of Patient Care Quality and Safety. This innovative program is designed to prepare a select group of nursing undergraduates for future leadership at the bedside and in other care settings, who have exceptional competencies for promoting quality and safety. In addition, she is a deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR). 

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Cardiovascular risk management; chronic illness management; self care; quality of care; patient safety; interdisciplinary teamwork; provider behavior; decision support; evidence-based practice; implementation science.
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