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Dean Annette Wysocki Stony Brook University School of Nursing Welcomes Our New Dean, Dr. Annette Wysocki

Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky announced the arrival of Dean Wysocki...

It is my great pleasure to share the wonderful news that Dr. Annette Wysocki will be joining us August 1, 2019, to serve as Dean of our outstanding School of Nursing. Annette was chosen from an incredibly talented pool of national candidates. Let me also thank Dr. Iris Granek, Chair of the Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine and Dr. Jackie Mondros, Dean of the School of Social Welfare, who co-chaired the search, as well as the members of that committee. Annette joins us from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst School of Nursing, where she has served as a tenured Professor and as Associate Dean for Research for the past seven years.

Annette received her Bachelors and Masters of Nursing from East Carolina University, and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin before performing two post-doctoral research fellowships at the University of Texas Southwestern and at Weill Cornell School of Medicine. Annette then launched her academic career, joining the faculty of the New York University Medical Center, becoming Director of Nursing Research and Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology, before moving to the National Institutes of Health to serve as Scientific Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research, and Chief of the Wound Healing Laboratory, the focus of her impressive research career. Following her tenure at the NIH, Annette became Professor of Nursing and Surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, before moving to UMass Amherst. Over her career, Annette has served as Principal Investigator on a myriad of grants, including many from the NIH and NSF, including a P20 Center Grant to develop the science of symptom self-management, a R01 to study the wound environment in patients with spinal cord injury, and a R29 to study the basic biology of chronic wounds focused on the proteolytic degradation of extracellular matrix, amongst many others. And based on her research grants, Annette has penned over 50 scholarly publications, serving as first or senior author on a majority. Annette is also an impressive academic citizen, serving in many advisory and leadership roles, including serving as president of the Wound Healing Foundation, has delivered many distinguished lectures nationally and internationally, and has been elected to prestigious societies and received important awards, such as election as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, one of the 100 “Incredible East Carolina University (ECU) Women,” and subsequently, the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award from ECU, was a Harvard Macy Scholar and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Wound Healing Society.

When asked why she is excited to join Stony Brook to serve as Dean of Nursing, Annette commented, “I am delighted and honored to be appointed as Dean of the School of Nursing at Stony Brook University. The School and Stony Brook University are recognized internationally as a vibrant university that prepares excellent clinicians, pursues innovative research agendas and provides world-class care to individuals, families and communities. I look forward to advancing the science and practice of nursing and educating expert clinicians for the 21st Century at a university that has already distinguished itself as a prestigious member of the Association of American Universities.” Given this, I couldn’t be more excited as to the prospects of our School of Nursing. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Annette Wysocki as Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Nursing.

Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP
Senior Vice President, Health Sciences
Dean, Renaissance School of Medicine
Stony Brook University