Elizabeth (Beth) Merwin, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Ann Henshaw Gardiner Professor of Nursing and Executive Vice-Dean at Duke University School of Nursing. As the School’s first Executive Vice-Dean, she provides senior leadership to DUSON’s academic and research enterprises and directs the integration of the operational activities of these areas. Dr. Merwin previously served as the Madge M. Jones Professor of Nursing and associate dean for research at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing, and was a former specialty coordinator for the UVA School of Nursing's Health Systems Management (HSM) concentration and the nursing component of the HSM/MBA program. She has built a distinguished administrative career both in academia and in health care delivery systems, and has been recognized nationally for innovative academic initiatives.
Dr. Merwin earned a PhD in Health Services Organization and Research in 1988 and an MS in Nursing in 1979, both from Virginia Commonwealth University. She received a BS in Nursing from Radford College in 1976. Her nursing and healthcare delivery research, supported by NIH, NIMH, and NINR, has focused on improving care for underserved and rural populations, particularly those in rural communities and minority populations. She is a methodological expert in the use of secondary data to address health care problems, and is a past member of the Healthcare Systems and Value Research study section of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Merwin was elected to the American Academy of Nursing in 1994, and in 2008 she received the Distinguished Professor Award from the School of Nursing of the University of Virginia.