Inge B. Corless, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been named the second Amelia Peabody Professor in Nursing Research in the School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston.
An international expert in palliative/hospice care as well as HIV/AIDS, Dr. Corless has influenced hundreds of nurses to excel as compassionate caregivers.
"Dr. Corless is a remarkable appointee for this position," said Alex F. Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP, Provost and Academic Vice President. "As the Peabody Professor, we look forward to her providing leadership in the area of research within the School of Nursing."
The endowed chair was created in 1993 to serve three goals in research and scholarship: to allow the recipient to conduct his/her own research, to assist other faculty to develop their own work, and to teach and mentor nursing students.
Dr. Corless, who has taught at Boston's health sciences graduate school for the past 17 years, and colleague Patrice Nicholas, DNSC, MPH, RN, ANP, FAAN, received grant funding from the Bureau of Health Professions to establish an HIV/AIDS specialization for nurse practitioners. The HIV/AIDS Certificate continues today in a distance-learning format.
Earlier in her career, she co-founded St Peters Hospice in Albany, NY. She was also a member of the first board of directors of the New York State Hospice Association. She also was appointed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of California San Francisco, and was a member of the UCSF International HIV/AIDS Nursing Research Network since its inception. In addition, she is a past president of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, and has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing since 1983.
Her career includes extensive work in South Africa on adherence in HIV/AIDS treatment and care. In 2005, Dr. Corless led a group of IHP students and alumni in an International Health Practicum course to South Africa, the first educational venture abroad for the Institute.
She plans to lead another group of nursing students to South Africa in August, 2010.