Linda Sarna, M.N. ’76, Ph.D.

Sarna, professor in the UCLA School of Nursing, has been a leader in addressing the critical public health issues of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death; and tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable death. A pioneer in oncology nursing education, she helped to establish one of the first graduate oncology nursing specialty programs at UCLA more than 30 years ago. As the lead investigator for the Tobacco Free Nurses (TFN) initiative, Sarna led the first-ever national program helping nurses to quit smoking and promoting nursing involvement in tobacco control. TFN was selected as an exemplar by the World Health Organization for The Role of Health Professionals in Tobacco Control. Sarna’s scholarship includes more than 100 peer-reviewed publications; more than 50 book chapters, monographs or commentaries; and 10 policies/position statements. She is an editor of the 2009 volume of the Annual Review of Nursing Research focused on nursing research in tobacco control. Among her many awards, she was honored as the 2009 Oncology Nursing Society’s Distinguished Researcher.