American Academy of Nursing to Induct Georgetown Alumna, Professor

AUGUST 11, 2017 – This October, a Georgetown University nursing alumna and professor will be inducted as fellows in the prestigious American Academy of Nursing.

Marianne O’Connell Ditomassi (NHS’79), DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, executive director of nursing and patient care services operations and Magnet recognition at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, CRNA, LAc, director of the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice Program at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, will be among the 173 new inductees.

Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, who is the academy’s president, noted in a press release that the new fellows will “. . . join the ranks of the nation’s foremost health care thought leaders.”

Transforming Health

“They bring a rich variety of expertise to the table, and we look forward to recognizing their accomplishments at our policy conference, and then working with them to transform health policy, practice, and research by applying our collective nursing knowledge,” Berkowitz said.

The organization includes more than 2,500 fellows – “nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research” – from every U.S. state, D.C., and nearly 30 countries.

To be selected, individuals must display “. . . significant contributions to nursing and health care,” according to the press release. Two current fellows sponsor each applicant, and “. . . selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee's nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and wellbeing of all.”

Georgetown’s New Fellows

Eshkevari is a physiologist whose research and scholarship focus on acupuncture and stress. Currently, she is chair-elect of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation board, and she has been recognized with awards for her research and teaching.

“I am thrilled to join the ranks of so many nurses who have come before me who have blazed a trail for those of us who have had the good fortune to experience great opportunity and success in our professional endeavors,” Eshkevari said. “I welcome the opportunity to work with my esteemed colleagues at the academy to move its vision and mission forward into the future. I consider myself fortunate to be given the opportunity to serve as a fellow.”

In her executive role, Ditomassi serves as chief of staff in support of the senior vice president who leads nursing and other hospital operations. The Georgetown alumna provides leadership in a variety of domains, ranging from professional development and strategic planning, to fundraising and care delivery innovation.

“Georgetown provided me with a wonderful knowledge base upon which to advance my career,” Ditomassi said. “Throughout my career, I’ve focused on identifying strategies for creating strong professional practice environments for nursing practice locally and around the world.  It’s an honor to have my contributions acknowledged by the American Academy of Nursing.”

‘Wonderful Recognition’

Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, offered her congratulations to the new Georgetown fellows.

“This is a wonderful recognition of the contributions that Dr. Ditomassi and Dr. Eshkevari have made to the nursing profession and, through that, to the health and well-being of countless individuals,” she said. “Their accomplishments contribute to the 114-year-old story of nursing excellence at Georgetown.”

Ditomassi and Eshkevari will be inducted at the academy’s annual meeting, which will take place October 5-7. Current Georgetown faculty fellows are Mary C. Brucker, PhD, RN, CNM, FAAN; Amanda Liddle, DrPH, RN, FAAN; Erin Maughan, PhD, MS, RN, APHN-BCE, FAAN; Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD, RN, FAAN; Joan Burggraf Riley, MS, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN; Margaret C. Slota, DNP, RN, FAAN; and Edilma L. Yearwood, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN.

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