Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx


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Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx


Immediate Past Dean

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Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx's additional information

Eileen Sullivan-Marx is immediate past dean of New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She served as dean and Erline Perkins McGriff Professor from 2012-2023. She is past president of the American Academy of Nursing. Prior to NYU, Dr. Sullivan-Marx had a distinguished career at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, where she was the associate dean for practice & community affairs, creating community partnerships for care of older adults and promotion of healthy activities entitled Healthy in Philadelphia. She is a distinguished nursing leader, educator, and clinician known for research and innovative approaches in primary care, testing methods of payment for nurses particularly with Medicaid and Medicare, sustaining models of care using advanced practice nurses locally and globally, and developing health policy in community-based settings. With a strong belief in the integration of practice, research, education, and interdisciplinary teamwork, Dr. Sullivan-Marx has built and sustained models of team care including a private family practice, growing a Program of All Inclusive Care for Elders (PACE) from 75 persons to 525 persons in five years that saved the state of Pennsylvania fifteen cents on the dollar in Medicaid funding and launched numerous older adult team programs in academic centers as well as the Veterans Administration. Dr. Sullivan-Marx has been on numerous community planning and advisory boards including the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Patient and Safety Board from 2009-2012.

She was the first nurse to serve as the American Nurses Association representative to the American Medical Association’s Resource Based Relative Value Update Committee and did so for 11 years, demonstrating through research that nurse practitioner and physician work can be valued equally in that payment structure. Dr. Sullivan-Marx has been active in regional, state, and national policy. She has served as Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Senior Care Services in 2008, as a member of the Philadelphia Emergency Preparation Review Commission in 2006, and as an American Political Science Congressional Fellow and Senior Advisor to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Medicaid and Medicare Coordination in 2010, just after passage of the Affordable Care Act. As part of this position, she worked to bring promising models of care to scale such as the PACE Programs. She is a former member of the American Academy of Nursing’s (AAN) Board of Directors and is currently an AAN Edge Runner. Dr. Sullivan-Marx is a Fellow in both the New York Academy of Medicine and the Gerontology Society of America.

Among the numerous awards that she has received are the international Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society Best of Image research award (1993) and its excellence in practice award (2011), the Springer Publishing Research Award, the Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award. She is a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Rochester School of Nursing.

Dean Sullivan-Marx began her nursing career in 1972 in Philadelphia, earned a BSN (1976) from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MS (1980) from the University of Rochester School of Nursing as a family health nurse practitioner. She received a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 1995. Her nurse practitioner career was exemplified by forging and sustaining primary care practices which she successfully and uniquely integrated into her academic research and teaching career.

PhD, Gerontology - University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing (1995)
MS, Family Health Nurse Clinician - University of Rochester School of Nursing (1980)
BSN - University of Pennsylvania (1976)
Nursing Diploma - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing (1972)

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American Nurses Association
American Nurses Association, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, ANA-New York
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Gerontological Society of America
Fellow, Institute on Aging, University of Pennsylvania
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics University of Pennsylvania
Sigma Theta Tau, Xi Upsilon Chapter

Faculty Honors Awards

American Academy of Nursing President's Award (2023)
Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award (2023)
United Hospital Fund Special Tribute (2019)
Top 50 Health Care Leaders, Irish America Magazine (2019)
American Academy of Nursing President's Award (2016)
VillageCare Distinguished Service Award (2016)
Herman Briggs Society, NY (2013)
Fellow, Gerontological Society of America (2013)
Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award, Gerontological Society of America (2013)
Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine (2012)
American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner Designation (2012)
Research Associate, Penn Institute for Urban Research University of Pennsylvania (2012)
Dean’s Professional Practice Award, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing (2011)
Board Member, American Academy of Nursing (2011)
Distinguished Alumni Award, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing (2011)
Health and Aging Fellowship, American Political Science Association (2011)
Marie Hippensteel Lingeman Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society (2011)
American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner Designation (2011)
Health and Aging Fellowship, American Political Science Association (2010)
Legislative Award, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association Advocacy (2010)
American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner Designation (2010)
American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner Designation (2009)
Faculty Fellow, Penn Institute for Urban Research (2009)
Eastern Nursing Research Society, The John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Research Award (2008)
American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner Designation (2008)
American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner Designation (2007)
American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner Designation (2006)
Society of Primary Care Policy Fellows (2004)
Department of Health & Human Services Primary Care Health Policy Fellowship (2004)
Undergraduate Student Advising Award, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing (2002)
Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Rochester, School of Nursing (2001)
Society for Advancement of Nursing Science (2000)
Springer Publishing Company Research Award for most outstanding project, “Relative Work Values of Nurse Practitioner Services,” American Nurses Association Council for Nursing Research 1998 Research Utilization Conference (1998)
Ethel F. Lord Fellowship, Soroptomist Organization scholarship for graduate study in field of gerontology (1993)
Sigma Theta Tau International Best of Image Award for scholarly excellence in research, "Functional Status Outcomes of a Nursing Intervention in Hospitalized Elderly" (1993)
Nursing Practice Award, Pennsylvania Nurses' Association (1986)
Louise Wilson Haller Memorial Prize for Excellence in Professional Nursing, University of Rochester, School of Nursing (1980)
fellow, American Academy of Nursing


How academia can help to grow—and sustain—a robust nursing workforce

Margolis, M., Clancy, C., Hayes, R., Sullivan-Marx, E., Wetrich, J. G., & Broome, M. (2024). Nursing Outlook, 72(1). 10.1016/j.outlook.2023.102017
This panel paper is the second installment in a six-part Nursing Outlook special edition based on the 2022 Emory Business Case for Nursing Summit. The 2022 summit convened national nursing, health care, and business leaders to explore possible solutions to nursing workforce crises, including the nursing shortage. Each of the summit's four panels authored a paper in the special edition on their respective topic(s), and this panel paper focuses on the topic of nursing workforce growth. It discusses priority areas for academia to help ameliorate nursing shortages, including through changes to nursing curricula and/or programming, greater attention to nursing financial needs (including nursing student loans), and regulatory reforms.

Healthy aging and care of the older adult with chronic disease: a qualitative needs assessment in 14 eastern and southern Caribbean islands

VanDevanter, N., Naegle, M., Nazia, N., Bamodu, A., & Marx, E. S. (2023). Revista Panamericana De Salud Publica Pan American Journal of Public Health, 47. 10.26633/RPSP.2023.40
The objectives of this qualitative needs assessment were to assess perceived needs of health and social services professionals in the Caribbean Region to enhance services supporting healthy aging and care of older adults and to assess perceived facilitators and barriers to increasing capacity to serve their aging populations. The assessment, informed by the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Science, was conducted in 14 islands in the eastern and southern Caribbean. The results demonstrated need for education of professionals and the general population about the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), assessment and services for individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and harmful alcohol use, all of which pose significant challenges for older adults. Education of health and social services professionals, families, and the public on the risk factors for NCDs and common mental and physical health problems is critical. Barriers to implementation of educational programs include lack of community awareness and resources within the islands. The needs assessment findings are foundational to planning educational interventions. These will be developed by local health providers with the collaboration and support of external resources including those of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Gerontological Nursing Education.

Moving forward

Grady, C., Ulrich, C. M., Stokes, L., Marx, E. S., Bridges, E., & Delgado, S. (2022). In Nurses and COVID-19: Words of wisdom from nurse leaders (1–, pp. 143-151). Springer International Publishing. 10.1007/978-3-030-82113-5_10
Nurses were omnipresent during the COVID-19 pandemic, caring for patients in the ICU, helping with triage, working with children in schools, administering vaccines, running command centers, and so much more. The challenges have been formidable, but nurses stepped up to the plate, supported by nurse leaders. In this chapter, several nurse leaders reflect on lessons learned during this pandemic, including the critical importance of healthy work environments and the need for solidarity among nurses and all healthcare providers who make care for COVID-19 patients and programs of prevention possible.

Navigating the Political System

Sullivan-Marx, E. M., & Apold, S. (2022). In Nurses Making Policy (1–, pp. 71-98). Springer Publishing Company.

Beyond Physical Healing: Centering on Mental and Emotional Health

Marx, E. S. (2021). Nursing Outlook, 69(3), 251-253. 10.1016/j.outlook.2021.04.007

Championing Women's Health as Female Leaders Reach New Heights

Sullivan-Marx, E. (2021). Nursing Outlook, 69(2), 121-123. 10.1016/j.outlook.2021.02.004

Eileen Sullivan-Marx Interview of Representative Lauren Underwood (Democrat-Illinois 14th District)

Sullivan-Marx, E., & Kovner, C. T. (2021). Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 22(4), 292-296. 10.1177/15271544211032561

New Questions, More Questions, The Same Questions: How Covid - 19 is Impacting the Profession

Sullivan-Marx, E. (2021). Nursing Outlook, 69(5), 709-711. 10.1016/j.outlook.2021.09.001

The presidential partnership: leaving a trail

White, K., & Sullivan-Marx, E. (2021). Nursing Outlook, 69(6), 935-936. 10.1016/j.outlook.2021.10.001

Sustaining Visibility: Environment, Perception, and Equity

Sullivan-Marx, E. (2021). Nursing Outlook, 69(4), 498-499. 10.1016/j.outlook.2021.06.009