Alumnae Support Nursing Professorships

March 18, 2019

Inaugural recipients of new chairs focus on improving health care systems and equity

Two alumnae — Susan Matthews Epstein, Nurs ’66 (Cert), and the late Sarah E. Allison, Nurs ’59, Nurs ’53 (Cert) — made gifts to create new professorships in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, bringing the school’s total number of endowed chairs to eight.

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With their recent appointments, Sarah Szanton (left) and Cheryl Himmelfarb bring the total number of endowed professorships in the School of Nursing to eight.

Sarah Szanton, the founder of the Community Aging in Place — Advancing Better Living for Elders, or CAPABLE, program was named the inaugural Health Equity and Social Justice Professor. The position, created by Epstein’s gift, will be named after current Dean Patricia Davidson following her tenure. Cheryl Himmelfarb, whose work focuses on high-risk cardiovascular patients in urban communities, was named the first Sarah E. Allison Professor for Research and Self-Care.

“Professorships provide an opportunity for stellar faculty to maintain the tradition of Hopkins nursing,” Davidson says, “finding new solutions, providing a vibrant voice for health care issues, and really following in the initial vision of Johns Hopkins to increase access and provide health care to communities.”

Learn more about these faculty — and the generous alumnae who established their professorships — in the spring 2019 issue of Johns Hopkins Magazine.

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