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Pamela Stewart Fahs

Pamela (Pam) Stewart Fahs, PhD, RN, is a professor and holds the Dr. G. Clifford and Florence B. Decker Endowed Chair in Rural Nursing at Binghamton University. She is also editor-in-chief for the Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care.

Fahs began her professional nursing career in southeastern Kentucky in an Appalachian regional miners hospital. Her experience also includes large medical center and community hospitals where her roles included staff nurse, team leader, nurse manager and nursing supervisor in addition to nurse educator. Her clinical practice acute care experience includes medical/surgical nursing, surgical ICU, burn unit and dialysis.

Fahs was an officer in the Kentucky National Guard and Army Nurse Corp. Reserves for a decade, holding ranks from 2nd lieutenant to captain.

With a research focus of cardiovascular disease in rural populations, she has built a research trajectory combining her expertise in cardiovascular disease, passion for rural healthcare and community-based participatory research.

She has been published in some of the top journals in her discipline such as Nursing Research, Annual Review of Nursing Research and Journal of Nursing Scholarship. She has also had work published in interdisciplinary journals such as Journal of Adolescent Health and most recently the Journal of Rural Health.

Fahs has successfully garnered research support from a variety of sources ranging from local and regional nonprofit organizations to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Additionally, she received the Anna Mae Erickson Nurse Leadership Award from the Rural Nurse Organization at an international rural research conference in July 2016.


  • –present
    Professor of Rural Nursing, Binghamton University, State University of New York