Cheryl R. Dennison Himmelfarb, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN
A clinician, researcher, and nurse educator at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, 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. She has been principal investigator/co-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.
Dr. Dennison Himmelfarb is also an associate professor at the School of Medicine’s Division of Health Sciences Informatics and a core faculty member of 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, an innovative program that prepares a select group of nursing students for leadership at the bedside and in other care settings. In addition, she is a deputy director of the Research Participant and Community Partnership Core of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR).
Areas of Scholarly Expertise and InterestCardiovascular risk management; chronic illness management; self-care; quality of care and patient safety; interdisciplinary teamwork; provider behavior; decision support; evidence-based practice; implementation science
Himmelfarb, C.R., Commodore-Mensah, Y., Hill, M.N. (2016). "Expanding the role of nurses to improve hypertension care and control globally." Annals of Global Health, 82(2):243-253.
Havranek, E. P., Mujahid, M. S., Barr, D. A., Blair, I. V., Cohen, M. S., Cruz-Flores, S., Davey-Smith, G., Dennison Himmelfarb, C. R., Lauer, M. S., Lockwood, D. W., Rosal, M., Yancy, C. W. (2015). American Heart Association Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health, and Stroke Council. "Social Determinants of Risk and Outcomes for Cardiovascular Disease: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association." Circulation, 132(9), 873-98.
Wright, J. T., Fine, L. J., Lackland, D. T., Ogedegbe, G., Dennison Himmelfarb, C. R. (2014). "Evidence supporting a systolic blood pressure goal of < 150 mmHg in patients = 60 years: The minority view." Annals of Internal Medicine, 160(7), 499-503.
James, P. A., Oparil, S., Carter, B. L., Cushman, W. C., Dennison Himmelfarb, C., Handler, J., Lackland, D. T., LeFevre, M. L., MacKenzie, T. D., Ogedegbe, O., Smith, S. C., Svetkey, L. P, Taler, S. J., Townsend, R. R., Wright, J. T., Narva, A. S., Ortiz, E. (2014). "An evidence-based guideline for the management of high blood pressure in adults: report from the Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8)." Journal of the American Medical Association, 311(5), 507-520. doi: 10.1001/jama.2013.284427.
Samuel, L. S., Commodore-Mensah, Y., Himmelfarb, C. R. (2014). Developing behavioral theory with the systematic integration of community social capital concepts. Health Education & Behavior, 41(4), 359-75.
- Cardiovascular risk management
- Research participant recruitment and retention
- Quality of cardiovascular care
- Patient safety
Awards and Honors
2015 Health Education & Behavior Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award (for “Developing Behavioral Theory with the Systematic Integration of Community Social Capital Concepts” with Drs. Laura Samuel and Yvonne Commodore-Mensah)
2014 Teaching Innovation Award (for The Helene Fuld Leadership Program for the Advancement of Patient Care Quality and Safety, Program Director, C. Dennison Himmelfarb), Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
2010 VIP List: Very Important Professionals Successful By 40, The Daily Record
2010 Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
2010 Fellow, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association
2010 Clinical Innovation Award (First Place for “A telemanagement system to facilitate self-care among African American heart failure patients”), American Association of Heart Failure Nurses
2008-2010 Claire M. Fagin Fellow, John A. Hartford Foundation
2007 Fellow, American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing
2007 Shirley Sohmer Award for Evidence-Based Practice Research, Johns Hopkins Hospital (“Heart Failure Care Coordinator Pilot Program” with E. Caslin, K. Davis, C. Foley, J. Ioannou, S. Russell)
2005 NIH Roadmap Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Scholar (K12 Award)
2003 Best Abstract Award, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing, American Heart Association 76th Scientific Sessions