LSU Health New Orleans’ Dr. Demetrius Porche Selected for Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research Ambassador Cohort

June 3, 2024

Dr. Demetrius James Porche, Dean of LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing, has been appointed as a member of the seventh cohort of Ambassadors by the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR). This prestigious selection recognizes his exceptional contributions to nursing research and advocacy.

Dr. Demetrius PorcheThe FNINR Ambassador program, initiated in 2014, comprises highly qualified individuals committed to advancing public, health professional and policymaker awareness of the significant research agenda of the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR). The program’s goal is to increase research funding for scientific breakthroughs and the training of future nurse scientists.

“Dr. Porche’s selection as an FNINR Ambassador highlights his exemplary leadership and dedication to advancing the field of nursing research,” said Dr. Steve Nelson, LSU Health New Orleans Chancellor. “His work in nursing science has significantly contributed to improving health care outcomes, and this recognition is a testament to his ongoing commitment to excellence.”

Dr. Porche holds appointments in the School of Public Health and the School of Graduate Studies at LSU Health New Orleans. He has an extensive background in health care leadership and governance, having served on the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and as chair of the Louisiana Health Works Commission. Dr. Porche is also a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Throughout his career, Dr. Porche has been a staunch advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, having appointed the inaugural School of Nursing associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion and served on the search committee for LSU Health New Orleans’ vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion. His efforts extend to his role as editor of the American Journal of Men’s Health and his contributions to numerous health initiatives, including the Governor’s COVID-19 Health Equity Taskforce.

As an FNINR Ambassador, Dr. Porche will focus on educating Congressional leaders about the high-impact, cost-effective interventions and quality-of-life enhancements resulting from nursing science. This role will further elevate his influence in shaping health care policies and advocating for continued research funding.

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