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Cynda Hylton Rushton

RushtonCyndaCYNDA HYLTON RUSHTON, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the inaugural Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics and a professor of nursing, with a joint appointment in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Rushton is a founding member and core faculty of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and co-chair of the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Ethics Consultation Service. She also serves as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Ethics and Program Director of the Harriet Lane Compassionate Care Program at the Johns Hopkins Childrens Center. She received her master’s of science in nursing, with specialization as a pediatric clinical nurse specialist, from the Medical University of South Carolina. She completed her undergraduate degree in nursing at the University of Kentucky and received a doctorate in nursing at the Catholic University of America, with a concentration in bioethics. Dr. Rushton is the recipient of two postdoctoral fellowships: a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellowship (2006-2009) and a Kornfeld Fellowship in end-of-life, ethics and palliative care (2000).

Dr. Rushton brings to the professorship the expert nursing perspective that is essential to today’s bioethics scholarship and debate and will be required in shaping tomorrow’s health care policies.