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Patricia Davidson

Professor and Dean, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University

Patricia Davidson has been named of the most influential deans of nursing in the U.S. Since joining the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in September 2013, she has introduced a new degree program (Master of Science in Nursing: Master's Entry into Nursing), doubled the school’s PhD program intake, and increased engagement with communities locally, nationally, and internationally. A global leader in cardiac health for women and vulnerable populations, Davidson has an established program of research in supporting individuals living with chronic conditions and developing innovative models of transitional care. A primary objective of her work has been to improve the cardiovascular health of underserved populations through development of innovative, acceptable, and sustainable initiatives internationally. Since 2003, Davidson has secured over $25 million in competitive research grants from national and international funding bodies and co-authored 450-plus peer-reviewed journal articles, 20 book chapters, and more than 120 peer-reviewed abstracts. She has mentored more than 35 doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and is an editor of Circulation, Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, the International Journal of Nursing Studies, Collegian, and the Journal of Nursing Management. She is on the editorial boards of a number of other scholarly journals.

Davidson is Counsel General of the International Council on Women's Health Issues and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International’s Institute for Global Healthcare Leadership Advisory Board. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Heart Association, the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, and the Australian College of Nursing. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, she was director of the Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care at the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia) and professor of Cardiovascular Nursing Research at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia


  • 2010–present
    Professor of Cardiovascular and Chronic Care, University of Technology Sydney


  • 2003 
    University of Newcastle, PhD