First BS-PhD Nursing Program Grad to Be Inducted into American Academy of Nursing


Julie Lynch ’12, the first person to graduate from UMass Boston’s Accelerated BS-to-PhD Nursing Program, will be inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in November. Lynch is an associate professor of nursing at UMass Boston and a nurse-scientist at the Department of Veterans Affairs.Come November, Lynch will be among the approximately 2,400 fellows that make up the American Academy of Nursing. Fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice, and research. They represent association executives; university presidents, chancellors and deans; elected leaders; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing; nurse consultants; and researchers and entrepreneurs. Fellows are chosen based upon their significant contributions to nursing and health care. Each candidate must be sponsored by two current academy fellows.

Lynch was one of the first doctoral students who participated in the UMass Boston partnership with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute focused on cancer equity, and was featured on the cover of the fall/winter 2012/2013 alumni magazine, shown below.

Lynch’s position within the VA has extended the work she conducted as a doctoral student to measure and improve equity in access to precision medicine. She is a principal investigator at VA Informatics and Computing Infrastructure (VINCI), Salt Lake City, Utah, with an active research program funded by several public and private organizations, including Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Center for Disease Control (CDC), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), VA, Astellas, Astra Zeneca, CardioDx, Genomic Health, Jansen, and Myriad. She also works in conjunction with VA national clinical leaders and the VA Genomic Medicine Services (GMS) to ensure that research findings are translated to improvements in care for veterans. GMS is a national clinical operations service that provides genetic consultation and genetic counseling to 95 VA medical centers.

Lynch has used claims and electronic health record data to demonstrate disparities …

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