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Diana Baptiste, DNP, MSN, RN

Associate Professor
Diana Baptiste
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Adult Health
  • Cardiovascular
  • Disparities
  • Emergency
  • Public Health
  • Social Determinants of Health


A registered nurse for more than 20 years, Diana Baptiste specializes in cardiovascular care and prevention. Her sustained scholarship focuses on cardiovascular health across the care continuum for underserved populations, grounded in responding to social justice issues influencing health outcomes. Through funded projects, she has served in the role of principal and co-investigator to advance cardiovascular care and reduce health disparities. Her work in identifying cardiovascular disease risks among Black populations has been nationally recognized through American Heart Association EPIǀLifestyle council. She has published peer-reviewed papers in areas of cardiovascular disease, nursing education, diversity, and cultural humility. Dr. Baptiste is a certified nurse educator whose teaching is grounded in cutting-edge, evidence-based instructional methods with a strong commitment to health equity in practice, research, scholarship, and academic service. She is an exemplary integrated scholar who is committed to transforming patient care as well as supporting nurses of the future. Dr. Baptiste is the principal faculty for the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s Center for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care, guiding continuing education programs and dissemination of research from students, faculty, and international collaborators. Dr. Baptiste also demonstrates influential leadership in several professional organizations including the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and is a fellow and board member of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association.

Additional Resources

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  • Videos
  • Publications/Research

    Baptiste, D., Turkson-Ocran, R., Ogungbe, O., Koirala, B., Francis, L., Spaulding, E., Dennison Himmelfarb, C. R., Commodore-Mensah, Y. (Accepted). Heterogeneity in cardiovascular disease risk factor prevalence among White, African American, African Immigrant and Afro-Caribbean Adults: Insights from The 2010-2018 National Health Interview Survey. Journal of the American Heart Association.

    Ogungbe, O., Turkson-Ocran, R. A., Nkimbeng, M., Cudjoe, J., ., ... & Baptiste, D, Commodore-Mensah, Y. ( 2022). Acculturation and Cardiovascular Risk Screening among African immigrants: The African Immigrant Health Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 19(5), 2556;

    Baptiste, D., Whalen, M., Goodwin, M. (2021). Approaches for establishing and sustaining clinical-academic partnerships: A discursive review. Journal of Clinical Nursing.

    Koirala, B., Turkson‐Ocran, R. A., Baptiste, D., Koirala, B., Francis, L., Davidson, P., ... & Commodore‐Mensah, Y. (2021). Heterogeneity of cardiovascular disease risk factors among Asian immigrants: Insights from the 2010 to 2018 National Health Interview Survey. Journal of the American Heart Association, 10 (13), e020408.

    Wright, R., Baptiste, D., Booth, A., Addison, A., Abshire, M., Alvarez, D.…Davidson, P., Ramsey, G. (2021). Compelling voices of diversity, equity and inclusion in pre-licensure nursing students: Application of the cultural humility model. Nurse Educator. 1-5. DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000001094

    Baptiste, D., Turkson-Ocran, R. A., Dennison Himmelfarb, C. R., & Han, H. R. Commodore-Mensah, Y. (2021). Social determinants of emergency department visits among persons diagnosed with coronary heart disease and stroke: An analysis of the 2010-2018 National Health Interview Surveys. Ethnicity & Disease. 31(1), 41-46.

    Baptiste, D. (2018). Who you are and where you live can determine how long you live: What nurses need to know about cardiovascular disease among low- income urban-dwelling minority communities. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 27(19-20), 3441-3442. doi: 10.1111/jocn.14486

  • Awards/Honors

    2022   Fellow of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, Inducted

    2022   Top #15 Best Blogs. The Pulse. Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD

    2021   Excellence in Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Alumni Association

    2021   Best Abstract Award-American Heart Association: Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Council

    2021   The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Executive Mentorship Program for Nurse Leaders, Selected Mentor

    2020   Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

    2020   Outstanding Nurse Leader, Dean’s Award – Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Alumni Association

    2020  Best Abstract Award – American Heart Association: Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Council

    2019   SONie Award: Best Social Media Presence, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

    2019   A Human Factors and Systems Engineering Approach for Understanding the Diagnostic Process and Associated Safety Hazards in the Emergency Department, Invited Advisory Board Member

    2019   Towards an Ethical Practice in Healthcare, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of BioEthics, Selected

    2016   Sigma Theta Tau International Leadership Connection: Influencing Change through Leadership, Indianapolis, Indiana, Selected Career Advisor

    2015   Best Abstract Award–International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing, 2nd Place

    2015   Discovering Leadership for the Future: An Academic Leadership Academy, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Selected Participant

    2015   Maryland Faculty Academy for Simulation Teaching (MFAST 2.0), Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Selected Participant

    2012   Louise Cavagnaro Endowed Scholarship, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

    2010   Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

    1999   Helene Fuld Health Trust Scholarship, Helene Fuld College of Nursing