The first African-American woman to be a tenured full professor at Johns Hopkins University, Fannie Gaston-Johansson was an internationally renowned nurse educator, researcher, and clinical practitioner. In 2007, she was named the first chair of the School of Nursing Department of Acute and Chronic Care. Dr. Gaston-Johansson directed the Center on Health Disparities Research, which works to advance understanding of health disparities across the lifespan. Her research focused on end-of-life issues with an emphasis on strategies to manage pain and other symptoms in patients with cancer and terminal or chronic illnesses. She was named to the Maryland Task Force on Health Care Access and Reimbursement by former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and received the National Black Nurses Association’s Trailblazer Award as well as citations from the U.S. Congress and the government of Sweden for her international and domestic research endeavors.