Dr. Debra Moser Presents PCORI Study to Senators on Capitol Hill

Posted: June 27, 2019

Debra Moser, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, professor, assistant dean of PhD Program & Scholarly Affairs & Linda C. Gill Endowed Chair of Nursing, presented her PCORI study, “Reducing Health Disparities in Appalachians with Multiple Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors”, to Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen and other panelists, including the president of the American Heart Association, on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, June 26.

Dr. Moser's presentation was part of Research!America's panel to explore advances in patient-centered research to improve delivery of care in rural areas. Panelists shared what makes health care delivery unique in rural areas and how patient-centered/community-based programs can lower the risk of heart disease and address other public health challenges. View the list of other panelists here. 

PCORI also showcased Dr. Moser's work in a recent feature story, showing how culturally tailored lessons on how to manage CVD risk factors, in collaboration with strong community input, help patients in Appalachian Kentucky significantly reduce CVD risk factors—and keep them reduced. Read the full story and watch the video here.

Dr. Moser holds a Master of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Science from the University of California at Los Angeles. She came to UK from The Ohio State University College of Nursing, Department of Adult Health and Illness Nursing.

Since 1997, she has served as co-editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. Dr. Moser's distinguished career began with 12 years of critical care nursing. This was just the beginning of a steady, productive journey toward her current program of research: working with and studying patients with coronary heart disease.

As the College's Linda C. Gill Chair in Nursing and co-director of the RICH Heart Program, Dr. Moser is researching ways to improve outcomes and quality of life in people with heart failure and other cardiac conditions. She directs the Center for Biobehavioral Research in Self-Management of Cardiopulmonary Disease at the College of Nursing, and she is currently involved with six different NIH-funded research projects, including three collaborative efforts with investigators from other institutions.

Dr. Moser’s work has been published in numerous journals, including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Circulation, Nursing Research, Social Science and Medicine, the American Heart Journal, the American Journal of Cardiology, and the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Moser has earned numerous honors and awards, the most recent being the 2010 Nurse Practitioner Advocate State Award for Excellence from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Also in 2010, she was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In 2009 she was awarded a lifetime membership in the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses; she was a finalist for the Provost's Outstanding Teaching Award at the University of Kentucky; and the UCLA School of Nursing named her one of "60 Alumni Who Have Made a Difference." In 2008, she received a Volunteer Recognition Award from the American Heart Association, Research Administration. She was named 2007 Distinguished Research Lecturer by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. In recognition of her contributions and achievements in the field of cardiovascular nursing research, she received the 2006 Katharine A. Lembright Award from the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Nursing. In 2004, she received the Excellence in Research award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. In 2002, Dr. Moser was the recipient of the award for Research Article of the Year from the American Heart Association, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing. In 2003, she was selected to receive a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award. In connection with this award, she spent four months in 2004 in Sydney, Australia at the University of Western Sydney, the University of Newcastle, University of Technology, St. George Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital, doing lectures and collaborative research on patient delay in seeking treatment for acute myocardial infarction symptoms, and also on heart failure.