Suzanne Bakken’s work includes research to improve the health of diverse populations in New York City.
July 2015 • By Diana Austin

Suzanne Bakken is the Alumni Professor of the School of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University and co-directs the Center for Evidence-Based Practice in the Underserved and the Reducing Health Disparities Through Informatics pre- and postdoctoral training program at Columbia University School of Nursing. Her research focuses on promoting health and reducing health disparities in underserved populations through the application of informatics.

Dr. Bakken, who received her PhD from UCSF School of Nursing in 1989, received a UCSF 150th Anniversary Alumni Excellence Award, which was presented last May during the university’s Alumni Weekend in San Francisco. This May, she spoke with Science of Caring about her work.


The Dean's Blog | David Vlahov

When nursing is the topic of conversation, terms such as expert clinical knowledgeauthentic compassionkeen observationorganized patient managementcomplex care coordination and passionate advocacy flow easily.

Outside of the nursing community, however, when I talk about nursing science – nursing research – I often get blank looks and questions like: Why are nurses doing research? What distinguishes nursing science from medical research?

Given our powerful, but often unsung, impact on the quality of countless patients’ lives, it disturbs me that people don’t understand what we do. So allow me to try to explain.

Featured Articles

July 2015
New Partnerships Train Nurses to Work in a Patient-Centered Primary Care Environment – UC San Francisco School of Nursing is forging clinical partnerships to train a new generation of primary care providers to work in patient-centered, interprofessional teams.
July 2015
Learning and Teaching the Nursing Lessons of the Nepal Earthquake – UC San Francisco School of Nursing alumnus Joe Niemczura has spent many summers and most of 2015 in Nepal, teaching advanced cardiac life support skills to nurses and medical students. When the April earthquake shook the country, the Nepali students he trained were prepared to help.
June 2015
Volunteer Faculty: Tekoa King Brings Evidence-Based Collaborative Practice to Midwifery and Medical Students – Certified nurse-midwife Tekoa King has spent a career collaborating with midwives and physician colleagues to bring evidence-based birth practices to students, clinicians and patients.
June 2015
Howard Pinderhughes and the Hope Dealers – Sociologist Howard Pinderhughes has dedicated his career to preventing violence and its impact on the health of individuals and communities. His latest book – rooted in 15 years of community-based research – adds another level of analysis to the discussion.
June 2015
A Broader Vision of Public Health: UC San Francisco School of Nursing and Tenderloin Safe Passage – By working with a coalition of neighborhood groups focused on protecting children in one of San Francisco’s highest-crime areas, students in a public health nursing program gain hands-on experience that expands their skill set for addressing issues of population health.