Fay B. Ireland Endowed Chair

Dean Harper 40 RTDoreen C. Harper, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Doreen C. Harper is Dean and Professor in the School. She also serves as Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on International Nursing at UAB, one of 10 centers in the United States that focus on nursing education to improve the care for children and families through global outreach. Dr. Harper's scholarly work breaks new ground in joint academic/service partnerships for nursing workforce development.



Marie O'Koren Endowed Chair

Bakitas Marie 282 2018 RTMarie A. Bakitas, DNSc, APRN, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN

Dr. Marie Bakitas is internationally recognized in pain and palliative care science. Focused on reducing suffering and enhancing the quality of life for persons with advanced illness and family caregivers--especially in rural areas--her early telehealth palliative care model ENABLE (Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends), has led to practice and policy changes. She is disseminating ENABLE for cancer and heart failure patients in the Deep South and Veteran populations. Her research, mentorship and papers have led to important practice changes.


Rachel Z. Booth Endowed Chair

Patrician Pat 047 2018 RTcroppedPatricia A. Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN, Colonel, US Army (Retired)

Dr. Patricia Patrician joined the UAB faculty in August 2008 after having served 26 years in the US Army Nurse Corps, where she held clinical, administrative, educational, and research positions. Her final position prior to military retirement was Chief, Department of Nursing Science, Academy of Health Sciences, Ft. Sam Houston (San Antonio), TX. At UAB, she teaches in the Nursing and Health Systems Administration and PhD Programs.



Jane H. Brock-Florence Nightingale Endowed Professorship

Shirey Maria 009 2018 RTMaria R. Shirey, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FACHE, FNAP, FAAN

Dr. Maria Shirey, Associate Dean for Clinical and Global Partnerships, joined the UAB faculty in 2013 after building a successful career as a nurse executive and leader, founding and running multiple outpatient clinics and serving as a hospital vice president while concurrently as adjunct nursing faculty. She is nationally known for her well-funded research activities in the areas of leadership and health systems outcomes, focusing on work environments in the acute, critical care and ambulatory settings.