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Dean Lisa Kitko Appointed Chair of AHA Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing

  By Gianluca D'Elia
  Friday, April 12, 2024

Lisa Kitko stands outside the School of Nursing.

University of Rochester School of Nursing Dean Lisa Kitko, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, has been named chair-elect of the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN).

The CVSN Council serves as a home for cardiovascular nursing science, provides resources for nurses' professional development at all stages and career paths, and advocates for nursing and cardiovascular and stroke conditions across the lifespan.

“Engaging with the CVSN Council embodies my passion for making a tangible difference in cardiovascular health outcomes and promoting excellence in nursing science,” Kitko said in an announcement from the CVSN Council.

“Involvement in the CVSN Council allows me to collaborate with fellow experts, exchange insights, and collectively address the multifaceted challenges in cardiovascular and stroke care," she said. 

Kitko was named a Fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) in 2015, and has been involved with the organization both locally and nationally for several years.

An award-winning nurse scientist, Kitko sheds light on the role of family caregivers in managing heart failure in her research. She has contributed to the development of interventions and support programs aimed at addressing the needs of both heart failure patients and their caregivers, and her work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and AHA. 

Kitko joined the School of Nursing as its sixth dean and vice president of the University of Rochester Medical Center in September 2022. Read more about her career and publications.

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