Dr. Pamela Cipriano


Dr. Pamela Cipriano is the Dean and Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor at the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing in Charlottesville, VA. Prior to this appointment, she served two terms as the president of the American Nurses Association. In November, 2021 she was elected as the 29th President of the International Council of Nurses.

Dr. Cipriano has extensive experience as an academic medical center executive and her career is marked by a focus on improving the quality and safety of services and the work environment for all staff. Cipriano’s recent leadership role with the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience is focused on addressing the psychological safety and support for caregivers experiencing stress and burnout, particularly in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She is known nationally and internationally as a strong advocate for quality, growing nursing’s influence on health care policy, and leading efforts to advance the role and visibility of nurses. She was ranked number 2 on Healthcare Global’s list of the Top 10 women in healthcare for 2021 and was previously named among the “Top 100 Most Influential People in (U.S.) Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine for four consecutive years (2015 to 2018), and also in 2015 as one of its “Top 25 Women in Healthcare.”

Among her many honors and awards for exceptional leadership and contributions to the profession, she was the Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine in 2010-11 and is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, earning its Healthcare Leader Award in 2018.