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Distinguished Professorships and Endowed Chairs

By creating an endowed faculty position, donors have helped to assure the future quality of our faculty at the School of Nursing. All great institutions depend upon a foundation of endowments to provide a reliable source of funding for their premier talent. The prospect of an endowment is crucial to recruit new faculty, whose passions and aspirations we want to support. Endowments are also essential to retain our current top faculty, whose great success draws the attention of other institutions. Below are highlights of our established School of Nursing chairs.

The Lillian and Dudley Aldous Endowed Chair was established at the UCSF School of Nursing by Dudley Aldous in 2006. As a tribute to the late Lillian E.I. Aldous, BS’ 62, an alumnus and practicing nurse for over 45-years, Dudley Aldous established the fund to bolster nursing education and clinical care activities within the school. 

Aldous Endowed ChairThe holder, Barbara J. Drew, RN ‘80, PhD ‘90, FAAN, FAHA is a professor and Director of the Critical Care and Trauma Program in the Department of Physiological Nursing. She is also a Clinical Professor in the Division of Cardiology at UCSF’s School of Medicine. She founded the ECG Monitoring Research Lab in the School of Nursing and has mentored numerous graduate students pursuing studies in the field of electrocardiology. Her research has shaped the development of commercial cardiac monitors, including the introduction of multi-lead ECG monitoring, ST-segment ischemia monitoring, QT interval monitoring, and pre-hospital mobile phone-transmitted ECGs for patients who call 911 for chest pain.  Full Research Profile




The Professor Robert C. and Delphine Wentland Eschbach Endowed Chair in Mental Health Nursing was established in 1998 at the UCSF School of Nursing to conduct teaching, research, and service in the area of mental health nursing.

Eschbach Endowed ChairThe holder, Sandra J. Weiss, RN ‘70, PhD/DNSc ‘75, FAAN, is a professor in the Department of Community Health Systems (CHS). Her program of research focuses on the interaction between biological and psychological factors as they impact the mental health of children and adults.  Full Research Profile








The Professor and Mary Harms and Nursing Alumni Association Endowed Chair
was established at the UCSF School of Nursing in 2003 in honor of the late Mary T. Harms, Ed.D, Professor Emerita. 

Formerly this chair was held by Susan L. Janson, RN, PhD ‘83, ANP-BC, CNS, FAAN, a former professor of Nursing and Medicine in the Department of Community Health Systems.


The Jack & Elaine Koehn Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing
was established at the UCSF School of Nursing by Elaine Koehn Brookes BS ’57, to support research, teaching, clinical and service activities in the area of pediatric nursing.

Formerly this chair was held by Christine Kennedy, RN, PhD, FAAN a former professor in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing.


The Sharon A. Lamb Endowed Chair in Symptom Management Research Nursing
was established at the UCSF School of Nursing by Arthur H. Kern in honor of the late, Sharon A. Lamb, a clinical nurse specialist in neuroscience nursing in 2003. Arthur H. Kern established the fund to support research, teaching and service activities in the area of symptom management.

Lamb Endowed ChairThe holder, Christine Miaskowski RN, PhD, ANP, CCRN, FAAN is a professor in the Department of Physiological Nursing. She is also an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor, and a preeminent nurse-scientist with an international reputation, whose research, educational and clinical efforts are in the area of symptom management. Her program of research focuses on determining which demographic, clinical, and genotypic characteristics predict patients with the most severe symptoms, evaluating the deleterious effects of unrelieved symptoms on patient outcomes, and developing and testing interventions to decrease symptoms in patients with cancer and other chronic medical conditions. Formerly this chair was held by Marilyn Dodd, who is now a Professor Emeritus.  Full Research Profile




The James P. and Marjorie A. Livingston Endowed Chair in Nursing Excellence
was established at the UCSF School of Nursing by the Livingston’s in 1986 to provide support for faculty research in areas that have clear applicability to patient care as well as to support scholarly research.

Livingston Endowed ChairThe holder, Kathryn Lee, RN, CBSM, PhD, FAAN, is a professor in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing and Associate Dean for Research. Her program of research focuses on women's health with an emphasis on sleep patterns, circadian rhythms, and fatigue.  Certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine (CBSM) and active nationally in the Sleep Research Society, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine she is also the Program Director for a T32 Nursing Research Training Program in Symptom Management, and Co-Director of the Center for Symptom Management Faculty Group at UCSF School of Nursing.  Full Research Profile






The Thelma Shobe Endowed Chair and Lectureship in Ethics and Spirituality
was established by the late Thelma Shobe Cook, BS ’52, a retired Public Health Nurse, in 1998.  Cook established the fund in the belief that spirituality should find its rightful place in the science of caring and that the ethical issues of care giving should be considered along with the spiritual challenges.

Shobe Endowed ChairThe holder Catherine Chesla, RN, DNSc/PhD ’88, FAAN is a Professor in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing. Her research focuses on families and chronic illness in adult families from diverse ethnicities. She has also helped to articulate the ethical comportment of patients and families in the face of chronic illness as well as the ways in which health care providers and services support versus impede the family's attempt to create meaning within the context of illness. She has published and lectured widely on the conflicts that can emerge between care and technology, as well on the spiritual and ethical dilemmas that families face as they live and suffer alongside a family member with progressive or debilitating illness. Formerly this chair was held by Patricia Benner, RN ‘70, PhD, FAAN, an alumnus and a Professor Emeritus.  Full Research Profile