Newswise — PHILADELPHIA (November 23, 2020) --  Nancy A. Hodgson, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Anthony Buividas Term Chair in Gerontology and Professor of Nursing, will be the next chair of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s (Penn Nursing) Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences (BHS), effective January 1, 2021. 

Hodgson is an internationally recognized nurse scientist, with a strong program of research focused on incorporating evidence-based findings into geriatric nursing practice to conquer challenges in palliative care for persons living with dementia and their families such as promoting dignity, minimizing symptoms, and honoring peoples’ preferences for care at the end of life. She has been a leader and innovator in her work co-founding the Palliative Care Program at the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center (formerly the Philadelphia Geriatric Center) — one of the first nursing-home based palliative care programs in the nation. Her research has been well funded and is a source of pride for the school.

“Dr. Hodgson is a well-respected colleague, collaborator, mentor, and faculty member, and brings all of her past teaching and administrative experience to the department,” said Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel. “I know Nancy will bring her highly collaborative spirit to BHS and lead faculty and staff to a new vision for the department in line with the School’s strategic goals.” 


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