October 24th, 2011

UNM Cancer Center Leader Inducted into American Academy of Nursing

By msequeira
Dr. Barbara Damron is one of just two 2011 Academy Fellows from New Mexico

The University of New Mexico Cancer Center’s Barbara Damron, PhD, RN, has received one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing. On October 15, Dr. Damron joined 141 other nurse leaders from around the country and world in Washington, D.C., to be inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Damron is one of just two 2011 Fellows from New Mexico; Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, Executive Dean of UNM’s College of Nursing, is the other New Mexico honoree. This year’s Fellows hail from all 50 states and four other countries.

“We are thrilled for Dr. Damron,” said Cheryl Willman, MD, Director and CEO of the UNM Cancer Center. “She brings 35 years of oncology nursing expertise – as a practitioner, researcher, teacher and leader – and an extraordinary passion for community outreach and engagement to her diverse roles at the UNM Cancer Center. She is so deserving of this award.”

Dr. Damron directs the UNM Cancer Center’s Office of Community Partnerships & Cancer Health Disparities, which reaches over 12,000 New Mexicans each year with potentially life-saving cancer information, screenings and provider referrals. She also directs oncology nursing research and community development and advocacy at the Center. Dr. Damron further serves as Associate Professor at the UNM College of Nursing. She was recently appointed as Senior Fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico; in this role, she will use her nursing and social sciences training to help guide health services research and health policy analysis at the state and national levels.


“I am extremely honored by this award,” said Dr. Damron. “As a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, I look forward to finding new ways to take part in national discussions over health policies and healthcare delivery – bringing our experiences here in New Mexico to a broader audience, and bringing important insights and best practices from around the country back to New Mexico.”

The American Academy of Nursing is made up of more than 1,600 nursing leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research. Academy Fellows represent the nation’s top nurse researchers, policymakers, scholars, executives, educators and practitioners. Criteria for consideration include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and healthcare; selection is based in part on the extent to which nominees’ nursing careers influence health policies and health care delivery for the benefit of all Americans. The American Academy of Nursing’s mission is to serve the public and nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Learn more at www.aannet.org.


About the UNM Cancer Center

The UNM Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center in the state. One of just 66 NCI-designated cancer centers nationwide, the UNM Cancer Center is recognized for its scientific excellence, contributions to cancer research and delivery of medical advances to patients and their families. It is home to 85 board-certified oncology physicians representing every cancer specialty and 126 research scientists hailing from prestigious institutions such as MD Anderson, Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic. The UNM Cancer Center treats more than 65 percent of the adults and virtually all of the children in New Mexico affected by cancer, from every county in the state. Last year, it provided care to nearly 16,000 cancer patients. The Center’s research programs are supported by $60 million annually in federal and private funding. Learn more at http://cancer.unm.edu.


UNM Cancer Center contact information
Dorothy Hornbeck, JKPR, (505) 797-6673, dhornbeck@jameskorenchen.com
Audrey Manring, UNM Cancer Center, (505) 925-0486, amanring@salud.unm.edu



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