Patricia W. Stone, PhD, MPH, MSN, BSN, FAAN, FAPIC

  • Centennial Professor of Health Policy in the Faculty of Nursing
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Pat Stone is the Centennial Professor of Health Policy in the School of Nursing. She directs the School of Nursing’s Center for Health Policy and the NIH funded Center for Improving Palliative Care for Vulnerable Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions. For the past two decades, the majority of her research has focused on the prevention of infections in vulnerable adults across healthcare settings. Since 2010, she has led an interdisciplinary team that has conducted multiple studies funded by National Institutes for Health and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention examining nursing homes (NHs) capacity for infection prevention. These mixed methods studies used multiple data sources including national surveys, which were linked to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data (i.e., Minimum Data Set and Medicare Claims) as well as the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network data. Her team has also engaged NH stakeholders and conducted qualitative interviews. The results of these studies have informed national regulations for nursing homes to have a trained infection preventionist. With many NH residents having serious illness, Pat is also interested in the integration of infection management and palliative care at the end-of-life. She is the current Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Infection Control. 


Academic Appointments

  • Centennial Professor of Health Policy in the Faculty of Nursing

Administrative Titles

  • Director, Center for Health Policy


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Rochester
  • MPH, Harvard University
  • RN, State University of New York

Committees, Societies, Councils


American Nurses Association

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology

Society for Healthcare Epidemioilogy of America

Honors & Awards

  • Distinguished Scientist, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
  • Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Research, ENRS
  • Distinguished Contribution to Columbia School of Nursing
  • Distinguished Alumna of Rochester School of Nursing
  • Elected Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing
  • Elected Member, National Academy of Medicine
  • New York State Distinguished Nurse Researcher
  • Ada Sue Hinshaw Award, Friends of NINR
  • International Nursing Research Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau
  • Mentor of the Year Award, Academy Health Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues


Research Interests

  • Cost and quality outcome assessment in healthcare delivery as it relates to nursing care delivery
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Palliative and end of life care
  • Patient Safety

Selected Publications

  • Estrada, L.V., Agarwal, M., & Stone, P.W. (2021). Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Nursing Home End-of-Life Care: A Systematic Review. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 22(2), 279-290.
  • Travers, J.L., Agarwal, M., Estrada, L.V., Dick, A.W., Gracner, T, Wu, B., & Stone, P.W. Assessment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Infection and Mortality Rates Among Nursing Homes With Different Proportions of Black Residents. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 22(4), 893-898.
  • Quigley, D.D., Dick, A., Agarwal, M., Jones, K.M., Mody, L., & Stone, & P.W. (2020). COVID-19 Preparedness in Nursing Homes in the Midst of the Pandemic. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 68(6), 1164-1166.
  • Shang, J., Chastain, A.M., Perera, U.G.E., Quigley, D.D., Fu, C.J., Dick, A.W., Pogorzelska-Maziarz, M. & Stone, P.W. (2020). COVID-19 Preparedness in US Home Health Care Agencies. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 21(7), 924-927.
  • Stone, P.W., Agarwal, M., & Pogorzelska-Maziarz, M. (2020). Infection Preventionist Staffing in Nursing Homes. American Journal of Infection Control, 48(3), 330-332.