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Eileen M Sullivan Marx

Erline Perkins McGriff Professor

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433 First Avenue
Room 618
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Eileen Sullivan-Marx, is dean of the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing and the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of Nursing. She assumed the deanship at NYU in 2012 after a distinguished career at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing where she was the Shearer Endowed Term Chair, Professor of Scholarly Practice, and Associate Dean for Practice & Community Affairs. 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 team work, 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 in Gerontology(1995) - University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA
MS, Family Health Nurse Clinician(1980) - University of Rochester School of Nursing Rochester, NY
BSN(1976) - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Nursing Diploma(1972) - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA

Honors and awards

Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award, Gerontological Society of America (2013)
Marie Hippensteel Lingeman Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society (2011)
Distinguished Alumni Award, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing (2011)
Dean’s Professional Practice Award, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing (2011)
Pennsylvania State Nurses Association Advocacy-Legislative Award (2010)
Eastern Nursing Research Society, The John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Research Award (2008)
(to 2012) American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner Designation (2006)
University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Advising Award (2002)
University of Rochester, School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award (2001)
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)
Sigma Theta Tau International Best of Image Award for scholarly excellence in research, "Functional Status Outcomes of a Nursing Intervention in Hospitalized Elderly" (1993)
Ethel F. Lord Fellowship, Soroptomist Organization scholarship for graduate study in field of gerontology (1993)
Pennsylvania Nurses' Association, Nursing Practice Award (1986)
Louise Wilson Haller Memorial Prize for Excellence in Professional Nursing University of Rochester, School of Nursing (1980)


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Professional membership

Herman Briggs Society, NY (2013)
Fellow, Gerontological Society of America (2013)
Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine (2012)
Health and Aging Policy Fellow, Atlantic Philanthropies Foundation (2010-2012)
Board Member, American Academy of Nursing (Elected) (2011-2013)
American Geriatrics Society
Faculty Fellow, Penn Institute for Urban Research (2009-2012)
Research Associate, Penn Institute for Urban Research University of Pennsylvania (2004-2012)
Society of Primary Care Policy Fellows (2004-2005)
Department of Health & Human Services Primary Care Health Policy Fellowship (2004)
Society for Advancement of Nursing Science (2000-2007)
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Fellow (selected), American Academy of Nursing
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics University of Pennsylvania
American College of Nurse Practitioners
Fellow, Institute on Aging, University of Pennsylvania
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (1995-2003)
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (1990-1995)
Gerontological Society of America
Sigma Theta Tau, Xi Chapter
American Nurses Association
Pennsylvania Nurses Association



A case exemplar for national policy leadership: Expanding Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)

Cortes, T., & -Sullivan-Marx, E. (2016). Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 42(3), 9-14.
In November 2015, President Obama signed the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Innovation Act, which expands a proven model of care to serve high-cost and high-need populations. Specifically, the law provides the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services with the authority to waive Medicaid requirements that could not be waived without additional statutory authority. Those requirements include the age of the beneficiary to be served and nursing home eligibility as a condition for PACE enrollment. The law also allows providers and other entities who are not current PACE providers the opportunity to become PACE providers and serve a predominately dually eligible population that has high needs and high cost through a coordinated, integrated model. The current article describes the impact of nursing on the legislation and policy that has shaped the evolution of the PACE program for more than 40 years.