- Professional overview
Tara Cortes is recognized for her distinguished career spanning executive leadership, nursing education, research and practice. She is currently the Executive Director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, and a Professor in Geriatric Nursing. Dr. Cortes has provided significant contributions to advance the health of people, particularly those with limited access to the health care system. Importantly, she has developed collaborative models with advanced practice nurses and physicians in traditional as well as nontraditional settings to enhance the care of the American elderly population.
As Executive Director of the Hartford Institute, Dr. Cortes has brought her leadership, experience and wisdom to enhance select respected existing programs in the Institute and to develop new and innovative initiatives. The consistent theme across her work is the essential role of advanced practice nurses improving the quality of life in specific patient populations, and the interdisciplinary nature of health care. Dr. Cortes is a leader in developing, evaluating, and implementing advanced nursing practice and collaborative practice. Her work has contributed to advancing interdisciplinary models across the continuum of care to reduce disparities in access to care, and to assure healthy aging in place. She has helped change policy and practice in geriatric care and in low-vision and blindness care by developing roles for advanced practice nurses to provide care to those with poor access to resources due to lack of knowledge or functional disabilities.
Prior to joining NYU, Dr. Cortes was President and CEO of Lighthouse International, a leading not-for-profit organization, dedicated to fighting vision loss and helping people prevent vision impairment. She mindfully transformed the organization to a healthcare provider from a social charity, and was recognized worldwide for her leadership in helping to move the field of vision loss to health care from that of disability. Dr. Cortes spent the initial phase of her career in nursing education at Hunter College, and then as the Head of Nursing Research and Information Systems at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. She was the Chief Nursing Officer at Rockefeller University Hospital and continued her career in nursing and hospital administration at Mount Sinai Medical Center and at Bridgeport Hospital, before assuming the senior leadership role at Lighthouse International.
Dr. Cortes was appointed as a 2013-2015 American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow and serves as a Senior Advisor at CMS in the Office of Medicare and Medicaid Coordination Office. Dr. Cortes was also appointed by Community Catalyst as a geriatric consultant to the Medicare Rights Center to work with New York State on the implementation of the Fully Integrated Duals Advantage (FIDA) program, a CMS demonstration project. Dr. Cortes has been appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry for the 2016-2019 term.
Dr. Cortes is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. She is a Past Fellow of the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from New York University, where she completed her PhD and Masters degrees. Her BSN is from Villanova University, where she served on the Board of Trustees for 10 years. In 2011 she was awarded the Medallion for Outstanding Contributions to the Profession from the Villanova University College of Nursing. She was named one of the New York Women’s Agenda 2011 STARS for exemplifying the qualities embodied in NYWA’s mission to advocate and collaborate for the interests of New York women in public policy decisions. Dr. Cortes serves on several boards including Archcare: the Catholic Healthcare System of NY, Isabella Geriatric Center, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the National Accreditation Council for Blindness and Low Vision and Oral Health America.
PhD in Nursing Science and Research - New York University, College of Nursing, NY, NYMA in Nursing - New York University, College of Nursing, NY, NYBSN in Nursing - Villanova University, Villanova, PA
- Honors and awards
Appointee of Secretary of HHS to Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and DentistryHealth and Aging Policy Fellowship:The Atlantic PhilanthropiesNurse Leader to Honor, American Organization of Nurse ExecutivesSTAR Award:New York Women’s AgendaMedallion for Distinguished Contributions to the Profession: Villanova University College of NursingFellow, New York Academy of MedicineFellow, American Academy of NursingDistinguished Alumni Award, New York University College of NursingOur Town Thanks You Award in Community Service, Our Town NewsRobert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Primary careHome careInterprofessionalismGerontology
- Professional membership
New York Academy of MedicineGerontological Society of AmericaAmerican Academy of NursingHealthCare Executive Women’s ForumNew York Organization of Nurse ExecutivesAmerican Organization of Nurse ExecutivesSigma XI, Scientific Research Society, Rockefeller University ChapterNew York Academy of SciencesSigma Theta Tau, Upsilon Chapter
Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP) 1: Roles and Responsibilities in Health Care Team SettingsGreenberg, S. A., Oh, S. Y., Altshuler, L., Blachman, N., Zabar, S. R., Cortes, T., & Adams, J. (2016). In Digga, E. R., NYU Langone Medical Center
Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP) 2: Effective Health Care TeamsGreenberg, S. A., Oh, S. Y., Altshuler, L., Blachman, N., Zabar, S. R., Cortes, T., & Adams, J. (2016). In Digga, E. R., NYU Langone Medical Center
Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP) 3: Teamwork Skills.Greenberg, S. A., Oh, S. Y., Altshuler, L., Blachman, N., Zabar, S. R., Cortes, T., & Adams, J. (2016). In Digga, E. R., NYU Langone Medical Center
Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP) 4: Effective Communication Skills
Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP) 5: Conflict Resolution
Interprofessional Education and Practice (IPEP) 6: Interprofessional Care Planning.
A competency-based approach to educating and training the eldercare workforceMezey, M., Mitty, E., Cortes, T., Burger, S.,Clark, E., McCallion, P. (2011). Generations (53-60). Epub.
Creating a culture of care for older adultsCortes, T.A. (2011). Voices of Nursing Leadership (4-5).
Adverse events due to discontinuations in drug use and dose changes in patients transferred between acute and long-term care facilities.Boockvar, K., Fishman, E., Kyriacou, C. K., Monias, A., Gavi, S., & Cortes, T. (2004). Archives of internal medicine 164, (545-50). 10.1001/archinte.164.5.545
Care transitions are commonplace for ill older adults, but no studies to our knowledge have examined the occurrence of iatrogenic harm from medication changes during patient transfer.
Developing Passion and Excellence in Critical Care Nursing: Proposed Solutions to Current Challenges in Critical CareCortes, T.A. (2004). Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice 5, (21-24). 10.1177/1527154403260654 SAGE Publications.
The transition of elderly patients between hospitals and nursing homes. Improving nurse-to-nurse communication.Cortes, T. A., Wexler, S., & Fitzpatrick, J. J. (2004). Journal of gerontological nursing 30, (10-5; quiz 52-3).
Lack of patient information is a particular problem when a patient is transferred from one health care facility to another. The lack of information needed to develop a timely and effective plan of care for an older adult transferred to the nursing home facility may exacerbate disruptions in the older adult's care. Also, adjustment or readjustment to the nursing home or hospital environment may be prolonged. Persistence of problems or difficulty in adjustment may then lead to exacerbation of the disease processes and, ultimately, hospital readmissions. Evidence suggests that elderly patients discharged from the hospital have high readmission rates. Although the patient is most affected by a breakdown in communication, everyone in the nursing home involved in the resident's care is also affected. All staff who provide care to the resident, including nursing, medicine, nutrition, pharmacy, social work, and physical therapy staff members, must be cognizant of issues related to communication for patients being transferred. In this article, the authors discuss the development, implementation, and results of a model designed to increase the communication surrounding the transition of elderly patients from an inpatient unit to and from nursing homes.
Using focus groups to identify asthma care and education issues for elderly urban-dwelling minority individualsCortes, T., Lee, A., Boal, J., Mion, L., & Butler, A. (2004). Applied Nursing Research 17, (207-212). 10.1016/j.apnr.2004.06.002 Elsevier BV.
Outsourcing for hospital servicesCortes, T. A. (1996). Hospital Cost Management and Accounting (1-6).