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James C Pace


Senior Associate Dean, Academic Programs
Clinical Professor

1 212 992 7343

433 First Avenue
Room 610
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Dr. Pace is the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing holding the rank of Clinical Professor. Dr. Pace is a board certified adult nurse practitioner and a Fellow in both the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nursing. His extensive teaching experience spans three decades; he has taught previously at three Schools of Nursing: the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Emory, and Vanderbilt Universities. Prior to joining NYU Meyers, Dr. Pace was the Director of the Adult Nurse Practitioner/Palliative Care Program at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Pace has held various Nurse Faculty Practice appointments to include working as a nurse practitioner at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, as well as Evening Chaplain at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Pace's scholarly interests and activities lie in the areas of spirituality/religion and health, palliative/hospice care, and HIV/AIDS and spirituality. Dr. Pace is also an Episcopal priest who serves the Diocese of New York as an assisting priest at The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Times Square.


Post-Master's Adult Nurse Practitioner(1995) - Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
MDiv(1988) - Vanderbilt University Divinity School
Certificate, Anglican Studies Program(1988) - The School of Theology The University of the South Sewanee
PhD(1986)- University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing
MSN(1981) - Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
BSN(1978) - Florida State University School of Nursing
Natural Sciences(1976) - St. Petersburg Junior College
BA(1976) - University of South Sewanee
AA(1974) - Manatee Junior College

Honors and awards

Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine. New York, New York (2016)
Hospice and Palliative Nursing Foundation (HPNF) Resolution of Recognition "for Distinguished Service to HPNF." Pittsburgh, PA (2015)
Selected for inclusion in Who's Who in Health Sciences Higher Education (WWHSHE) (2014)
Inducted as Fellow, American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). Washington, DC (2013)
NYUCN Faculty Superlative Award: "Most Likely to Turn Your Day Around" (2011)
Elected as one of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing's 60 Visionary Leaders in honor of UABSON's 60th year (2010)
"100 Years: 100 Leaders." Selected as one of the 100 Outstanding Alumni and Faculty, 100th Anniversary Centennial Celebration, The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (2008)
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Outstanding Faculty Award (2008)
ACE Project Award Recipient (Advocating for Clinical Excellence in Trans-disciplinary Palliative Care Education). The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the City of Hope Medical Center (2007)
The Julia Hereford Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student-Faculty Relations Outside the Classroom, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (2006)
Elected Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) (2005)
Graduate Faculty National Award for Excellent Teacher of the Year. End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), City of Hope and The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) (2005)
Sara K. Archer Award for Outstanding Contributions in Teaching, Scholarliness, and Faculty Student Relations, Vanderbilt School of Nursing (2004)
Great Teachers Lecture Series Award, chosen by the Academic Community at Emory University School of Nursing for academic year 1999-2000 (1999)
"Health Care Hero Award," chosen by The Atlanta Business Chronicle (1999)
Third Annual David Jowers' Lectureship in AIDS and Infectious Diseases at Emory University: "HIV/AIDS and the Spiritual" (1999)
Outstanding Service Award, American Cancer Society, National Office, Atlanta, Georgia (1997)
Sara K. Archer Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching at the Graduate Level, Vanderbilt University (1993)


Infectious disease
Primary care
Adult health
Palliative care

Professional membership

American Association of Nurse Practitioners
American Nurses Association/Tennessee Nurses Association
Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)
Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society
National League for Nursing
Oncology Nursing Society
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing



Postconference nursing rounds

Lim, F., & Pace, J. (2014). In Innovations in Nursing Education: Building the Future of Nursing: An integrative approach to promoting salience in clinical education (Vol. 2, pp. 91-96). Wolters Kluwer Health Adis (ESP).

Community discussions: A vision for cutting the costs of end-of-life care

Wholihan, D., & Pace, J. (2012). Nursing Economic$, 30(3).
Palliative care involvement with patients with advanced disease has demonstrated significant cost savings at end of life (EOL). These financial benefits are largely due to improved EOL decision making. Assisting patients and families to examine their values and determine their preferences makes it possible to match patient goals with appropriate care. Often, comfort-oriented care is favored, avoiding the costs of medically aggressive, often futile, technology-driven interventions. Community-based EOL care discussions would demonstrate increased cost reductions while facilitating significant patient and family satisfaction with care.