Dr. Pamela Cipriano is the 35th president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the nation's largest nurses organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.6 million registered nurses.
A distinguished nursing leader, Dr. Cipriano has extensive experience as an executive in academic medical centers. In 2016, she was named one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" by Modern Healthcare magazine for the second year in a row. In 2015, the publication also named her as one of the "Top 25 Women in Healthcare."
Prior to becoming ANA president, Dr. Cipriano was senior director for health care management at Galloway Consulting. She has served in faculty and leadership positions at the University of Virginia (UVA) since 2000, and currently holds a faculty appointment as research associate professor at the UVA School of Nursing.
Dr. Cipriano is known nationally and internationally as a strong advocate for health care quality. She was elected to the International Council of Nurses Executive Board in 2017 and has served on a number of boards and committees for influential national organizations, including the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission. Dr. Cipriano was the 2010-11 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine.
Dr. Cipriano has been a longtime active member in ANA at the national and state levels. She was the recipient of the association’s 2008 Distinguished Membership Award for her outstanding contributions to ANA and was the inaugural editor-in-chief of American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association, from 2006-14.
Dr. Cipriano is certified in advanced nursing executive administration. She holds a PhD in executive nursing administration from the University of Utah College of Nursing, a master of nursing degree in physiological nursing from the University of Washington, and a bachelor of science in nursing degree from American University. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a fellow in 1991.