Annette Wysocki to lead school’s mission to advance the science and practice of nursing
STONY BROOK, NY, August 21, 2019 – Annette B. Wysocki, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been named Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Nursing effective August 1, announced Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Senior Vice President of Health Sciences and Dean of the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. A nursing educator, scholar and researcher for more than 30 years, Dr. Wysocki comes to Stony Brook from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst College of Nursing, where she served as Professor and Associate Dean for Research since 2012.
“Annette was chosen from an incredibly talented pool of national candidates, yet stood out because of her clear vision about the future of our school of nursing and her impressive nursing career on many levels,” said Dr. Kaushansky. “This includes Annette’s many leadership and advisory roles at higher educational institutions and societies and her scholarly and research work on a national and international scale.”
Dr. Wysocki received her Bachelors and Masters of Nursing from East Carolina University, and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin before performing two post-doctoral research fellowships at the University of Texas Southwestern and Weill Cornell Medical College. She then launched her academic career by first joining the faculty of the New York University Medical Center where she was Director of Nursing Research and a faculty member in the Department of Dermatology in the School of Medicine. She then joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and served as Scientific Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and Chief of the Wound Healing Laboratory. Following her tenure at the NIH, Dr. Wysocki became Professor of Nursing and Surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, before joining UMass Amherst.
“I am excited to join Stony Brook and serve as Dean of the School of Nursing in an environment that is rich in its academic, research and clinical programs with great faculty interest in being innovative and moving in new directions,” said Dr. Wysocki. “We will continue to build the school’s mission to advance the science and practice of nursing to improve the lives of individuals, families and the community.”
Over her career, Dr. Wysocki has served as Principal Investigator on a myriad of grants, including many from the NIH and the National Science Foundation. The grants supported work such as developing the science of symptom self-management, studying the wound environment in patients with spinal cord injury, and studying the basic biology of chronic wounds.
A lead researcher in wound healing and other topics in nursing research, Dr. Wysocki has authored more than 50 scholarly publications and presented her research findings nationally and internationally.
Dr. Wysocki’s research is focused on discovering the pathophysiology of delayed healing in chronic wounds. She has specifically focused on the activation and overexpression of serine proteases, matrix metalloproteinases and bacterial proteases responsible for the degradation of extracellular matrix that leads to delayed healing.
Serving in many advisory and leadership roles in nursing over the years, Dr. Wysocki has been elected into leading societies and received numerous awards. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, is one of the 100 “Incredible East Carolina University (ECU) Women,” received the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award from ECU. Dr. Wysocki was a Harvard Macy Scholar. She also served as President of the Wound Healing Foundation and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Wound Healing Society.
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