Bio

An accomplished scholar, researcher, educator, and clinician, Lisa Kitko, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, was appointed the sixth dean of the University of Rochester School of Nursing, professor of nursing and vice president of the University of Rochester Medical Center in September 2022. She previously served as the associate dean for graduate education and director of the PhD program at the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing at Penn State University. She has extensive clinical research experience with the palliative care needs of persons living with complex chronic conditions and their family caregivers, especially in the context of advanced heart failure. A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Heart Association, she served as a Josiah S. Macy Jr. Faculty Scholar from 2015-2017, where she developed an interdisciplinary certificate in primary palliative care. A native of Pennsylvania, Kitko received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990. She earned her master’s as a clinical nurse specialist in 2001 and a PhD in nursing with a minor in gerontology in 2010, both from Penn State.



Professional Experience
Dean, University of Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, NY. 9/2022 - Current

Vice President, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, US. 9/2022 - Current

Professor of Nursing, University of Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, NY, US. 9/2022 - Current

Director of the PhD Program, The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing, State College, PA, US. 1/2020 - 8/2022

Associate Dean of Graduate Education, The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing, State College, PA. 1/2020 - 8/2022

Associate Professor with tenure, The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing, State College, PA. 7/2017 - 8/2022

Schreyer Honors College Undergraduate Adviser, The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing, State College, PA. 6/2016 - 8/2022

Interim Director of the PhD Program, The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing, State College, PA. 6/2019 - 1/2020

Assistant Professor, The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing, State College, PA. 7/2011 - 7/2017

Interim Coordinator of Online MSN Programs, The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing, State College, PA. 7/2014 - 7/2015

Coordinator of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Option, The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing, State College, PA. 9/2010 - 1/2014

University Park Campus Coordinator, The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing, State College, PA. 9/2008 - 7/2011

Instructor, The Pennsylvania State University College of Nursing, State College, PA. 5/2002 - 6/2011

Administrative Director, Neurovascular Services, Altoona Hospital, Altoona, PA. 5/2000 - 9/2002

Stroke Coordinator, Altoona Hospital, Altoona, PA. 12/1998 - 5/2000

Charge Nurse Medical Intensive Care Unit, Altoona Hospital, Altoona, PA. 9/1992 - 12/1998

Staff Nurse Medical Intensive Care, Altoona Hospital, Altoona, PA. 5/1992 - 9/1992

Staff Nurse Adult Critical Care Complex, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA. 6/1990 - 5/1992

Awards
Nurse Investigator Awards Abstract Finalist
European Society of Cardiology, 2019

Fellow
American Academy of Nursing, 2017

Faculty Scholar
The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, 2017

Honorable mention for outstanding poster abstract in the investigator category
National Institute of Nursing Research 30th Anniversary Scientific Symposium, 2015

Poster of Distinction
Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science Special Topics Conference, 2015

Fellow
American Heart Association, 2015

Second runner up in the awards session
European Society of Cardiology Nursing Investigator Award Session, 2015

Research abstract nursing investigator finalist
Heart Failure Society of America Nursing Research Award Finalist, 2014

Research Travel Stipend
American Heart Association's Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, 2013

Nursing Education Nominee
Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania, 2010

Janet A. Williamson excellence in teaching award
The Pennsylvania State University, College of Nursing, 2009

Grantmakers in Aging
GIA fellows program, 2008

Honor Society for Nursing
Sigma Theta Tau International, 2000

Presentations
Understanding wishes: The importance of advance decisions for surrogate family members
Hupcey, J.E., Gilchrist, I.
EAPC 2019 16th World Congress, European Association of Palliative Care, 2019
Berlin, Germany

Unexpected loss in advanced heart failure
Hupcey, J.E., Gilchrist, J.
European Association of Cardiology 6th World Congress on Heart Failure, 2019
Athens, Greece

Palliative care and heart failure: Challenges and opportunities.
Visiting Scholar, Indiana University School of Nursing Center for Enhancing Quality of Life in Chronic Illness, 2019
Indianapolis, Indiana

Cognitive impairment is a family affair
American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rehabilitation: Let us pump…you up…
HFSA 2019 Scientific Meeting, Heart Failure Society of America, 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Palliative care and heart failure: Challenges and opportunities.
University of Nebraska Medical Center School of Nursing, 2019
Omaha, Nebraska

Publications
Thiede, E., Kitko, L., Segel, J. (2021). Hospice delivery in rural areas: Providers perspectives on challenges and opportunities.. Nursing Research.

Choi, S., Kitko, L., Hupcey, J., Birriel, B. (2021). Longitudinal family caregiving experiences in heart failure: Secondary qualitative analysis of interviews. Heart & Lung. DOI: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2021.05.002

Liao, Y.J., Berish, D., Jao, Y.J., Kitko, L., Parajuli, J. (2021). Non-pharmacological interventions to reduce pain in people living with dementia: A systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Studies. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2021.104082

Parajuli, J., Hupcey, J.E., Kitko, L., Birriel, B. (2021). Palliative care: Oncology nurses’ confidence in provision to patients with cancer.. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. DOI: 10.1188/21.CJON.449-455

Callahan, K., Kitko, L., Van Scoy, L.J., Hollenbeak, C.S. (2020). Do-not-resuscitate orders and readmission among elderly patients with heart failure in Pennsylvania: An observational study, 2011- 2014. Heart & Lung. DOI: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2020.09.012

(2019). Family caregiver-reported outcomes regarding decision-making for left ventricular assist device implantation. Heart & Lung. PMID: 30981423 PMCID: PMC6589365 DOI: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2019.03.002

Windy Alonso and Barbara Birriel and Lisa A. Kitko and Judith E. Hupcey (2016). Response to letter to the editor: Time to integrate sexual function in the health-related quality of life of patients with left ventricular assist devices. Heart & Lung, 45 (3), 294. DOI: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2016.01.012

Lisa A. Kitko and Judith E. Hupcey and Barbara Birriel and Windy Alonso (2016). Patients' decision making process and expectations of a left ventricular assist device pre and post implantation. Heart & Lung, 45 (2), 95-99. PMID: 26742707 PMCID: PMC4779403 DOI: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2015.12.003

Crouse, S.B. and Kitko, L.A. (2014). Outcomes of coronary artery interventions: Comparing coronary artery bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with unprotected left main stenosis. , 26 (2), 91-101. PMID: 24170643 DOI: 10.1002/2327-6924.12078

Kitko, L.A. and Hupcey, J.E. (2013). The work of spousal caregiving of older adults with end-stage heart failure. , 39 (7), 40-47. PMID: 23614384 DOI: 10.3928/00989134-20130415-05

Kitko, L.A. and Hupcey, J.E. and Gilchrist, J.H. and Boehmer, J.P. (2013). Reply to letter to the editor. , 42 (5). PMID: 23998387 DOI: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2013.07.004

Booker, S. and Murff, S. and Kitko, L. and Jablonski, R. (2013). Mouth care to reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia. , 113 (10), 24-30. PMID: 24037246 DOI: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000435343.38287.3a

Buck, H.G. and Kitko, L. and Hupcey, J.E. (2013). Dyadic heart failure care types: Qualitative evidence for a novel typology. , 28 (6). PMID: 23388704 PMCID: PMC3655126 DOI: 10.1097/JCN.0b013e31827fcc4c

Kitko, L.A. and Hupcey, J.E. and Gilchrist, J.H. and Boehmer, J.P. (2013). Caring for a spouse with end-stage heart failure through implantation of a left ventricular assist device as destination therapy. , 42 (3), 195-201. PMID: 23499234 PMCID: PMC5680040 DOI: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2012.10.004

Hupcey, J.E. and Fenstermacher, K. and Kitko, L. and Fogg, J. (2011). Palliative needs of spousal caregivers of patients with heart failure followed up at specialized heart failure centers. , 13 (3), 142-150. PMID: 21818178 PMCID: PMC3147172 DOI: 10.1097/NJH.0b013e31820ce15e

Hupcey, J.E. and Fenstermacher, K. and Kitko, L. and Penrod, J. (2010). Achieving medical stability: Wives' experiences with heart failure. , 19 (3), 211-229. PMID: 20601641 PMCID: PMC3817857 DOI: 10.1177/1054773810371119

Kitko, L. and Hupcey, J.E. (2008). Factors that influence health-seeking behaviors of patients experiencing acute stroke. , 40 (6), 333-340. PMID: 19170299 DOI: 10.1097/01376517-200812000-00004

Finke, E.H. and Light, J. and Kitko, L. (2008). A systematic review of the effectiveness of nurse communication with patients with complex communication needs with a focus on the use of augmentative and alternative communication. , 17 (16), 2102-2115. PMID: 18705734 DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02373.x

Projects
Improving access to research and training (IMPACT)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
9/1/2019 - 8/31/2024
Role: PI
PI: None

Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
7/1/2019 - 6/30/2024
Role: Co-Investigator (Advance Care Planning Training Coordinator)
PI: Hupcey, J.