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Marie T. Nolan, PhD, MPH, MS, RN

Executive Vice Dean
Marie Nolan
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Education
  • End of Life
  • Ethics
  • Family
  • Family Health
  • Palliative Care


Marie Nolan is internationally known for her work on patient and family decision making in the face of critical illness. Her pioneering end-of-life research has revealed that instead of the autonomous decision making model prevalent in clinical practice and healthcare policy, most critically ill patients prefer shared decision making with their family and physician. Moreover, these preferences remain stable over time, even as health declines significantly. At the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Dr. Nolan is professor and executive vice dean. She also previously directed the PhD program and is the Johns Hopkins director of the first nursing doctoral program in China, a collaboration between Peking Union Medical College and JHSON funded by the China Medical Board of New York. She is also past-president of the International Network for  Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN). Dr. Nolan holds a joint faculty appointment in the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and has served on advisory panels of the National Institutes of Health regarding end-of-life care research. Widely published in the nursing and multidisciplinary research literature, Dr. Nolan has edited two books, Measuring Patient Outcomes (2000) and Transplantation Nursing: Acute and Long-term Management (1995).

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  • Videos
  • Publications/Research

    Lee, MC, Sulmasy, DP, Gallo J, Kub J, Hughes, MT, Russell S, Owens, S, Terry, PB, Nolan, MT (in press). "Decision-making of patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators at end-of-life: Family members’ experiences." American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

    Xu, J., Kim, K., Kurtz, M., Nolan, MT. (2016). "Mentored Peer Reviewing for PhD Faculty and Students." Nurse Education Today, 37, 1-2, Epub 2015 Dec 12, PMID, 26746591

    Abshire, M., Xu, J., Dennison-Himmelfarb, C., Davidson, P., Sulmasy, D.P., Kub, J., Hughes, M.T., Nolan, MT. (2015). "Symptoms and fear in heart failure patients approaching end of life: A mixed methods study." Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24, 21-22

  • Awards/Honors

    2019 Distinguished Career Achievement Award, Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association

    2015 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award, American Association of Colleges of Nursing

    2012 Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau International

    2009 Fellow, American Academy of Nursing