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Eight Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Faculty to Become FAANs


Eight faculty from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) have been selected for induction as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). The recognition sets aside nursing leaders as the most highly distinguished within the profession and honors outstanding accomplishments that have significantly impacted health care.

“This is one of the largest numbers of inductees we have had in a given year, and an indicator of the incredible caliber of faculty we have here at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing,” says JHSON Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN. “Their work, which covers the broadest spectrum of nursing’s influence and reach, is impacting communities across the world.”

Carmen Alvarez, PhD, CRNP, CNM, is a researcher who focuses on underserved Latina survivors of trauma and advancing evidence-based practices. She has made significant contributes to reducing health disparities among racial/ethnic minorities, and her policy and advocacy efforts focus on diversifying the nursing profession and increasing access to care. Her most recent work is on improving psychosocial well-being of immigrant Latina survivors of adverse childhood experiences.

Jessie Casida, PhD, RN, APN-C, is nationally and internationally known for his work on the self-management of adults living with implantable artificial organs, with current emphasis on left-ventricular assist devices (LVAD). Casida is inventor of the VADCare App—still in clinical trial—designed to help patients with an LVAD learn how to maintain their device, stay on their home care regimen, and better manage their health condition. He recently received the Heilbrunn Nurse Scholar Award to expand his work on LVAD self-management. Casida was also 2017 recipient of the Columbia University School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni award.

As a cardiovascular nurse epidemiologist, Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, PhD, MHS, RN, FAHA, FPCNA, currently studies ways to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease among Africans locally and globally, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. She is the principal investigator of the ADHINCRA study, a randomized control trial to address hypertension control in Ghana, and the African Immigrant Health Study, which is examining the health of African immigrants in the Baltimore, Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. She is a fellow of the American Heart Association and a fellow and board member of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association.

Kenneth Dion, PhD, MSN, MBA, is a nurse entrepreneur, inventor, and scholar who brings a non-traditional perspective to the nursing profession. He serves as inaugural associate dean for business innovation and strategic relationships at JHSON. Dion has earned numerous patents for technologies developed to enhance health care business objectives and processes and is founder of two health care technology companies. He is also active in many health care organizations and currently serves as treasurer for the Sigma Board of Directors. 

Miki Goodwin, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, is inaugural JHSON associate dean of clinical practice. Throughout her career, she has helped establish two Centers for Nursing Excellence at regional health care systems, and served as an evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and a Wharton Executive Leadership Fellow. She has been a chief nursing officer and university dean overseeing nursing and allied health science programs.

As a family nurse practitioner for more than 25 years, Catherine Ling, PhD, FNP-BC, CNE, FAANP, has focused on improving primary care among vulnerable populations, particularly providing functional access to ambulatory care in community settings. She has led and participated in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of macro- and micro-level population health interventions for disease prevention and disaster planning in federal and private sectors. She is a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Newly appointed director of JHSON’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, Kimberly McIltrot, DNP, CPNP, CWOCN, has held a variety of leadership positions in academia and clinical practice. She co-led the first Saudi Arabian DNP class to graduate from JHSON in 2017, and for many years, served as lead nurse practitioner in pediatric surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. McIltrot was also an officer in the Army Nurse Corps earning military awards for her service.

Also being inducted from Johns Hopkins is Peter Johnson, who works as Senior Director of Nursing and Midwifery for Jhpiego, a Johns Hopkins affiliate. Through his work, he has developed innovative, accessible and cost effective strategies to build and sustain a robust health workforce. In his current role, he is driving a strategy aimed at increasing the agency and contribution of the 1,000 Jhpiego nurses and midwives around the world. Johnson serves as adjunct JHSON faculty, a member of the State of the World Nursing Steering Committee, and as an ex officio member of the WHO Nursing & Midwifery Collaborating Centers Executive Committee.

All inductees will be formally recognized at the AAN’s 2019 conference on October 26.


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research and practice. The school ranks No. 1 nationally for its graduate, DNP, and online programs in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 4 nursing school in the world, No.1 by College Choice for its master’s program, and No. 1 NursingSchoolHub.com for its DNP program. First opened in 1889, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is celebrating throughout 2019 its 130th anniversary as a school and leader in nursing education and excellence. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.eduand www.hopkinsnursing130.org.

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