Jennifer E. Dohrn, MS, BA, DNP, CNM, NP

  • Professor of Nursing at CUMC
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Established first freestanding birthing center in innercity community in Southwest Bronx under leadership of Dr. Ruth Lubic; works in ten sub-Saharan African countries since 1993 building capacity of nurses and midwives in HIV care, including first Project Director for PEPFAR/ICAP Global Nurse Capacity Building Program at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Currently building nursing and midwifery research leadership network in Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East. Teaches new course Addressing Population-Health Needs on a Global Scale.

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Nursing at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Assistant Dean, Global Initiatives


  • Spanish


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • DrNP, Columbia University School of Nursing
  • MS, Columbia University School of Nursing
  • BS, CUNY Hunter College

Committees, Societies, Councils

  • 2007  Executive Committee, CUSON

Professional Memberships

  • 2003-present  Society of Midwives of South Africa
  • 1988-present  National Association of Childbearing Centers
  • 1985-present  American College of Nurse Midwives

Honors & Awards

  • 2012  Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. ANAC Frank Lamendola Achievement for Nursing Leadership in HIV Care. 2012
  • 2008  Outstanding Achievement Award, Morris Heights Health Center, Bronx, NY, August 2008
  • 2006  Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy, Fellowship for Founders' Group
  • 2000  University of Chicago Alumni Public Service Citation


Research Interests

  • Increasing capacity of nurses and midwives in sub-Saharan Africa across different levels
  • Nurse-Midwifery, Women's Health

Selected Publications

  • JAIDS Supplement (52(1), 2009. "The Impact of HIV Scale-Up on the Role of Nurses in South Africa: Time for a New Approach." First Author.
  • Online Journal of Health Ethics, Vol. 1, No.1 (2006). Breastfeeding in the HIV epidemic: A midwife's dilemma in international work. Access at
  • Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (2006). South African Nurse-Midwives in the midst of the HIVAIDS epidemic: An assessment of knowledge base regarding antiretroviral treatment.
  • ACNM Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health, (50(4), 2005). Witnessing a difficult birth: The challenges South African nurse-midwives face in the midst of the HIV epidemic.
  • Columbia University School of Nursing (2005). The doctorate of nursing practice DrNP: Setting a new standard in health care. Contributor.