Janis Bellack

Janis P. Bellack

Janis (Jan) P. Bellack was President and John Hilton Knowles Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, a specialized graduate school located in Boston 2007-2017.

Previously, she served as Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost and Professor of Nursing and Health Sciences at MCPHS University, Boston, and prior to that as Associate Provost for Education and Professor of Nursing, Health Professions, and Graduate Studies at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Jan served as consultant and core faculty member for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Executive Nurse Fellows leadership development program from 1998-2010. She currently serves on the governing boards of Partners HealthCare International and the Boston Center for Medical Simulation. She also held a role as a senior fellow at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Center for the Health Professions from 1996-2012.

Jan is recognized for her work in curriculum development, program evaluation, interprofessional education, quality improvement, specialized and institutional accreditation, workforce development, and academic leadership. She has received more than $9 million in external funding to support health professions education and research, and has directed or co-directed a variety of federal and foundation grants.

Jan has co-authored two editions of a nursing textbook, and published numerous articles and book chapters in the professional literature. She has consulted internationally in the Philippines, China, South Africa, and Ireland. In 2012, Jan was appointed editor-in-chief of the Journal of Nursing Education, the top ranked peer-reviewed nursing education journal, having served previously as the Journal’s associate editor for 14 years.

Jan earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Virginia, master’s degree in nursing from the University of Florida, and PhD in educational policy studies from the University of Kentucky. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow of the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education. She has been honored as Distinguished Alumna of the Year by the University of Virginia, School of Nursing, Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Florida, College of Nursing, and inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame at the University of Kentuck


Blog Posts by Janis Bellack

Sep 16, 2013

The Vital Role of Health Professionals in a Crisis

On a beautiful sunny day in April, countless lives were touched and, for some, irretrievably altered by the horrific and senseless bombings that marked an abrupt and gruesome ending to this year’s Boston Marathon, and shook the foundations of our community. Many have already written about and commented poignantly and eloquently on the unimaginable destruction, grievous deaths and injuries, heroic bystanders and first responders, and the...Read more
Sep 8, 2014

Welcome to the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Student BBQ1

Once again, summer is drawing to a close as we prepare for the 2014-2015 academic year and the first day of classes on September 8.

This week, 242 new students arrived to begin their respective programs in...Read more
Dec 8, 2014

Thoughts on Outgoing Partners HealthCare President and CEO Dr. Gary Gottlieb’s Interest in the MGH Institute

As many of you are aware, Dr. Gary Gottlieb, president and CEO of Partners HealthCare, has decided to step down next July to become CEO of Partners in Health, a nationally recognized global health organization. For many of us, the news was a surprise, but we are grateful that Gary is not leaving the field of health care but instead has chosen to direct his passion and devote his talents...Read more
Jan 6, 2015

Dignity & Respect Month at the Institute

For the second consecutive year, January has been designated as Dignity and Respect month at the Institute. As part of its role in providing leadership for assuring an inclusive and welcoming environment to all, the Institute’s Diversity Council has formally subscribed to a national Dignity and Respect Campaign, whose motto is “Making the world a better place for all to live –...Read more
Sep 3, 2015

Looking Forward to the New Academic Year

Once again, summer is drawing to a close as we prepare for the 2015–2016 academic year and the first day of classes on September 14.

More than 200 new students will arrive next week for orientation as they begin their respective programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology), Direct-Entry Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), post-professional Nursing (MS and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs), MS in Physical Therapy for international physical therapists, MS in...Read more
Feb 1, 2016

Creating a Continuously Learning Health System Through Technology: A Call to Action

MGH Institute President Janis P. Bellack, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF and MGH Institute Board Chair George E. Thibault, MD

The following is an excerpt from an op-ed published in the January 2016 issue of the Journal of Nursing Education. In April 2015, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, for which Dr. Thibault serves as president, sponsored an invitational conference focused on exploring the promise and impact of new technologies on the future of health professions education. President...Read more
Jun 1, 2016

Ending and Beginning

Everything in nature is awake with bright hues!

The grass is green, the sky brilliant blues!

The birds sing to us a joyful song.

The nights are warm and the days are long.

The warm breeze is alive with flowers’ perfume.

These are the joys and delights of June!

Heather Bahnmaier, 2010

On May 9th the Institute celebrated 524 students who received their degrees or certificates and were awarded their diplomas. This 36th Commencement was especially...Read more
Jul 26, 2016

A Call for the IHP Community to Confront Inequality, Injustice, and Health Disparities

Those reading this column are no doubt as disturbed, dismayed, and disheartened as I am by the seemingly relentless acts of violence in our society, too many of which reflect the persistent racism and injustice that have continued to plague our country – with often devastating impact on people of color – since its founding. It is inconceivable to me that in 2016 we have not yet found ways either locally or globally to achieve a more peaceful, equitable, and just world for all. At the same...Read more