Jim Raper, D.S.N., J.D., an associate professor of nursing and medicine and director of the 1917 HIV/AIDS Outpatient and Infectious Disease Clinics, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. AAN fellows are recognized for their extraordinary nursing career as leaders in education, management, practice and research and serve the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge.
Raper is a leader in collaborative HIV care and research at the local, state and national level. His career contributions span two decades and have resulted in improvements to the standards of care for HIV populations. His efforts have been recognized by public and private funding agencies that include the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and many private foundations.
He is a fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, member of the Alabama Bar Association and co-chair of the steering committee of the Ryan White Medical Providers Coalition of the HIV Medical Association.