Immediate Past President
Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN
Linda Burnes Bolton is Vice President, Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Nursing Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Her research, teaching, and clinical expertise includes: nursing and patient care outcomes, performance improvement, quality care and cultural diversity within the health professions. She is co-investigator of the regional Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes research team in California.
Dr. Burnes Bolton is a past president of the American Academy of Nursing and the National Black Nurses Association. She has provided leadership for several state and national programs including service as chair of the National Advisory Committee for Transforming Care at the Bedside, VA Commission on Nursing and vice chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine. She is a trustee at Case Western Reserve University and serves on several advisory and editorial boards. In 2015 she assumed the role of President of the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She was named one of the top 25 women in health care in 2011 by Modern Healthcare Magazine and woman of the year in 2012 by Women in Health Administration. Dr. Burnes Bolton was appointed to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation board of directors in 2012. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her scholarship, leadership, public policy, advocacy and community service efforts. Dr. Burnes Bolton received her bachelor of science in nursing from Arizona State University, masters in nursing, masters in public health and doctorate in public health from UCLA.