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Penn Nursing's Four New Term Chairs

November 22, 2011, Volume 58, No. 13


Kathryn H. Bowles has been appointed the Ralston House Endowed Term Chair in Gerontological Nursing. This chair was founded in 1995 by a gift from Ralston House to support gerontological nursing. Dr. Bowles leads a research program in the use of information technology to improve healthcare for elders and support healthcare providers’ decision-making regarding hospital discharge referrals for elders. Her research also investigates tele-health technology, quality of life among frail elders, intervention research to close the healthcare racial divide, and the use of large databases in home care to support clinical decision-making. Dr. Bowles is also the Beatrice Renfield Visiting Scholar for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, a faculty member in the Ackoff Center for Advancement of Systems Approaches, and the director of the health informatics minor at the School of Nursing.





Patricia D’Antonio has been appointed the Killebrew-Censits Chair in Undergraduate Education. The Killebrew-Censits Term Chair was established in 1989 by a gift from Norma Killebrew, CW’61, and Richard Censits, W’58, to support a faculty member who makes outstanding contributions to education. Dr. D’Antonio is a nurse historian whose body of scholarship situates the profession’s work and worth in both American hospitals and healthcare agencies and in the fabric of families and communities. Her research is the first to call attention to nurses’ dual sources of power and her work analyzes how the profession can authoritatively use them in constructing the new relationships and alliances that will strengthen nurses’ agency, voice, and presence in debates about issues affecting patients, families, communities, and healthcare systems in the United States and around the world. Dr. D’Antonio is the editor of the Nursing History Review, the official journal of the American Association for the History of Nursing; a senior fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics; a member of the Graduate Group in the History and Sociology of Science; and chair of the department of family and community health. 




Eileen V. Lake has been appointed the Jessie M. Scott Endowed Term Chair in Nursing and Health Policy. Jessie M. Scott, a retired assistant surgeon general in the US Public Health Service and long-time leader of its nursing division, bequeathed funds to support study in nursing and health policy. Dr. Lake received a master’s degree in public policy studies from Georgetown University in 1986 and a master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 1997. She is the associate director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research and is a recognized leader in healthcare services research. Her research program focuses on the contributions of the nurse’s work environment and clinical nursing expertise to patient outcomes. Her work advances the instruments and methods of outcomes research as she investigates nurse staffing, practice environments, and patient outcomes. She gained national recognition for the development of the Practice Environment Scale of the Nursing Work Index (PES-NWI) which is an instrument that measures the extent that the environment supports professional practice. Her interdisciplinary work reaches audiences in nursing, sociology, and health policy. Dr. Lake also holds a secondary appointment in the School of Arts and Sciences’ department of sociology.




Anne M. Teitelman has been appointed the Patricia Bleznak Silverstein and Howard A. Silverstein Endowed Term Chair in Global Women’s Health, newly created in June. Dr. Teitelman’s research focuses on HIV prevention among adolescents and in understanding intimate partner violence as an HIV risk factor. She is currently developing an HIV prevention intervention for adolescent girls with a history of partner abuse. Dr. Teitelman is interested in promoting health and equity of the girl child internationally and in the role of primary care providers in health promotion and advocacy. She is well known for her expertise in primary healthcare with underserved populations and has been teaching advanced practice nurses for over 15 years. She challenges students to integrate research on health and illness with an understanding of the community to hone their advanced clinical nursing expertise. She currently practices at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in the Helen O. Dickens Center for Women’s Health.

Almanac - November 22, 2011, Volume 58, No. 13