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Beth Ann Swan, PhD, RN, FAAN

Transitional Care Expert, Professor & Associate Dean, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University

Dr. Beth Ann Swan is Professor, Clinical Track, Associate Dean and Vice President for Academic Practice Partnerships, Executive Director for the Emory Nursing Learning Center at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and Co-Director of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Interprofessional Education and Clinical Practice Office at Emory University. She previously served as Dean of the Jefferson College of Nursing, Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Swan is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, past president of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN), and a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow. She is nationally and internationally known for her research in health care and nursing. She was an early leader in exploring the impact of changing health care delivery models on outcomes of care. Throughout her career, Dr. Swan has been an advocate for engaging consumers in their health care, promoting quality care coordination and safe care transitions, and creating innovative evidence-based practices to improve care.

As the principal investigator on extramural funded grants, Dr. Swan has provided leadership and mentorship on ground-breaking projects impacting both nursing practice and interprofessional education. Her latest research is focused on leveraging technology and big data to optimize cross setting communications to improve care coordination and transitions of care. She is also working in the simulation and virtual reality space building an interprofessional collaborative education model that leverages virtual reality in support of achieving interprofessional and social determinants of health competencies during transitions of care. Dr. Swan is unique within academia for her entrepreneurial mindset and belief in consumer-centered care and engagement.

Dr. Swan was a member of the Veterans Health Administration Choice Act Blue Ribbon Panel and was a member of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Planning Committee for Preparing Registered Nurses for New Roles in Primary Care. Her numerous publications cover a wide range of topics focused on primary and ambulatory care, innovations for education and practice, and health care policy. Dr. Swan developed the major contribution to care coordination and transition management, the national curriculum known as CCTM. She is the co- editor of Care Coordination and Transition Management Core Curriculum now in its 2nd Edition and co-edited the book Perspectives in Ambulatory Care Nursing. Dr. Swan is the author of the November 2012 Health Affairs’ Narrative Matters Feature, A Nurse Learns Firsthand That You May Fend For Yourself After A Hospital Stay.