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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Faculty Named FAAN and Living Legend


JoAnne Silbert-Flagg, DNP, CRNP, IBCLC, and Martha Hill, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) will be recognized at the American Academy of Nursing’s annual fall meeting. Silbert-Flagg will be inducted as a fellow, earning the credentials FAAN. Hill, a fellow since 1989, will be awarded with the academy’s Living Legend honor.

“My career as a nurse has offered so many opportunities, and being recognized as a fellow is another tremendous opportunity for engagement with my colleagues across the nation,” says Silbert-Flagg.

Hill adds, “To be named one of the five living legends this year is not just humbling but a pinnacle in my career. I have collaborated with many of these inspiring nurses through the years, and I’m proud to accept this honor beside them.”

Silbert-Flagg has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for more than 25 years, with her most recent scholarship dedicated to breastfeeding promotion and the impact of support groups on breastfeeding success. Silbert-Flagg has served on the board of directors of the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition, was elected chair of a special interest group on breastfeeding within the national Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and is currently working with the Maryland Department of Health to administer and evaluate breastfeeding training programs within state hospitals.

Hill, dean of JHSON from 2001-2014, is known across the nation and world for her leadership, particularly in the research of hypertension care and control among African-American men. As a professor of nursing, medicine, and public health, Hill is an advocate for interprofessional health care and was the first non-physician to have served as president of the American Heart Association. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and an inaugural member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, among a list of other accolades. 

Extending her congratulations, Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, says, “Drs. Silbert-Flagg and Hill exemplify the extraordinary scholarship, leadership, and excellence that define nursing. They are innovators and leaders whose contributions are an outstanding reflection of the profession’s reach and influence within health care.”

Both will be honored at the American Academy of Nursing’s annual policy conference in October.


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research and practice and ranks #1 nationally among graduate schools of nursing and #2 for DNP programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 2 nursing school in the world and is named the “Most Innovative Nursing Graduate Program in the U.S” by Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees. The school is among the top nursing schools for Federal Research Grants and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu.

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