Schwartz Term Chair in Gerontologic Nursing: Dr. Kagan

Dr. Sarah H. Kagan, has been named to the Doris R. Schwartz Term Chair in Gerontologic Nursing. The position, which was effective January 1, was announced by the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing Norma Lang.

"Dr. Kagan exhibits both expert clinical practice as well as ground-breaking clinical scholarship in her research. That combination has been the hallmark of the School of Nursing's reputation for excellence in research," said Dean Lang. "I am delighted and proud to name Dr. Kagan to this important chair in gerontology. I am confident that Dr. Kagan's seamless scholarship--both utilizing and generating research in her clinical care--will place her firmly in the continuum of great gerontologic scholars at the University," said Dean Lang.

Dr. Kagan succeeds Dr. Neville E. Strumpf in the Schwartz Chair. Dr. Strumpf was recently named to a new endowed professorship, the Edith Clemmer Steinbright Chair in Gerontology (Almanac, January 25).

This chair's namesake, Doris Schwartz, was a Senior Fellow at the School of Nursing from 1980 to 1990. Importantly, her personal influence was also pervasive as she informally served as mentor and guide to both faculty--including Dr. Kagan--and students before her death last year.

In addition to her scholarship, Dr. Kagan is known as a fine teacher, having earned the respect of her colleagues at the University with the receipt of the Lindback Award for teaching in 1997. In 1996, Dr. Kagan was designated a "master teacher" by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. The course"Nursing Care of Older Adults" was cited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing as one of the outstanding programs in undergraduate gerontologic nursing nationally.

Currently Dr. Kagan is a gerontology advanced practice nurse at HUP. She is the advanced practice nurse on Rhoads Three, a general medical unit, and consults with nurses and physicians throughout the hospital regarding the care of patients with chronic wounds, symptoms of cancer treatment, and other complex problems. Dr. Kagan is a contributing editor of the American Journal of Nursing, coordinating a bi-monthly column "Nursing Rounds at the University of Pennsylvania."

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 21, February 15, 2000