Fannie Gaston-Johansson, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, was designated as a University Distinguished Professor by the school, according to a news release.
“It puts a little light in your heart,” Gaston-Johansson, the Elsie M. Lawler Chair of the Department of Acute and Chronic Care in the School of Nursing, said in the release. “There are so many people here doing amazing research. To be acknowledged, singled out as a University Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins, that really means something.”
A highlight among Gaston-Johanssons contributions to healthcare is her work on the aftereffects of breast cancer treatment on African-American women, according to the release. Gaston-Johansson holds a joint appointment at the JHU School of Medicines Department of Oncology. She also is known for her research on end-of-life and pain-management issues.
“Dr. Gaston-Johansson is a rare scholar who has advanced a program of research that has had a significant impact on the treatment of pain and other symptoms in minority and underserved populations,” Martha Hill, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing, said in the release. “Her work has contributed in important ways to our understanding of health disparities and the advancement of healthcare policy nationally and internationally.”