Theresa Gillespie Named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

June 2019

Theresa W. Gillespie, PhD, MA, BSN, professor in the departments of surgery and hematology and oncology at Emory University, was one of eleven Emory nurses inducted as 2019 Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). The Academy is composed of more than 2,000 of the nation's most accomplished nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research, and selection for fellowship is one of nursing's highest professional honors.

Emory is home to one of the largest concentrations of AAN fellows in the U.S., with 50 nurse leaders holding this prestigious designation.

Dr. Gillespie has three decades of experience in clinical oncology, including direct patient care. She developed and led the clinical trials programs at Winship Cancer Institute, conducting prospective therapeutic and cancer control studies for 14 years. Her work focuses on decision-making and risk communications in cancer, barriers to and facilitators of informed decision-making by minority and underserved populations, measurements of quality care, and disparities in cancer care and access.

Dr. Gillespie also performs health services research involving the examination of cancer outcomes and the linkage of large national, regional, and state databases, as well as global oncology research focused on low-and-middle-income countries.