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Dr. Angela Ross named 2024 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

Dr. Angela Ross named 2024 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
Dr. Angela Ross named 2024 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth Houston Assistant Professor Angela Ross, DNP, RN, MPH, PMP, DASM, PHCNS-BC, FHIMSS has been named a 2024 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (Academy). Becoming a Fellow not only allows Ross to add the FAAN credential, but her induction is “the highest honor in nursing,” according to the Academy.

“It is a privilege to be named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and I am so honored to be recognized amongst so many nursing innovators and pioneers,” said Ross.

The Academy states that, “Fellows are inducted into the organization for their extraordinary contributions to improve health locally and globally. With more than 3,000 Fellows, the Academy represents nursing’s most accomplished leaders in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia.”

When recognizing this year’s class, Academy President Linda D. Scott, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FNAP, FAAN said “I am thrilled to welcome these impressive nurse leaders into our organization. With exceptional subject matter expertise, each new Fellow will be vital to achieve the Academy’s mission of improving health and achieving health equity by impacting policy through nursing leadership, innovation, and science.”

Ross, who has over 25 years of exemplary leadership and expertise in health informatics. She arrived at McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics in 2015 with over 25 years of distinguished service in the Army Medical Department. As a Chief Medical Information Officer and Project Manager for the Defense Health Agency (DHA), she led the selection and evaluation of emerging clinical information technologies across more than 30 medical treatment facilities.

After transitioning to her current role at UTHealth Houston, Dr. Ross spearheaded the planning and development of the first applied doctorate in informatics, the Doctorate in Health Informatics (DHI). Over time, many students with nursing expertise have matriculated into the DHI program. Ross stated, “I hope that many of our nurse leaders earning a DHI degree can also join this esteemed FAAN community as they utilize data and evidence practice while improving organizational outcomes within the nursing practice.”

Ross’s additional experience includes serving as a Co-investigator for the Texas Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CTSA), Community Engagement Component (CE). In this role, she led a team to develop evaluation methods for four community programs involving ten co-investigators from UTHealth Houston, UTHealth Tyler, and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Under her leadership, the CE component has consistently met its grant targets.

Two UTHealth Houston faculty members, who are Fellows of the Academy, served as sponsors for Ross during the application process; Assistant Professor at McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics Debora Simmons, PhD, RN, FAAN and the Dorothy T. Nicholson Distinguished Professor in the Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston Elda G. Ramirez, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, ENP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, FAEN.

Along with a class of 36 other inductees, Ross will be recognized at the Academy’s annual Health Policy Conference, taking place this fall in Washington, DC. This year’s conference theme is “Courageous Transformations Towards an Equitable Future.” To see a full list of the new class of Fellows, visit the Academy’s news page.

published: 06/27/2024

Chelsea Overstreet

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