Kathleen Dracup, M.N. ’74, Ph.D.

The dean and Endowed Professor in Nursing Education at the UC San Francisco School of Nursing, Dracup is recognized nationally and internationally for her investigation in the care of patients with heart disease and the effects of this disease on spouses and other family members. She has tested a variety of interventions designed to reduce the emotional distress experienced by cardiac patients and their family members and to reduce morbidity and mortality from sudden cardiac death. Dracup has also been an influential mentor for cardiovascular nursing researchers for the past three decades. Many of her students hold key leadership positions in university schools of nursing in the United States as well as in Australia and Europe; additional students are clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, and nurse administrators who are instrumental in influencing the care of cardiovascular patients in hospitals and clinics. Dracup has published her research in more than 300 articles and chapters, and recently published the textbook Intensive Coronary Care