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Elizabeth Tanner

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

tanner-elizabethElizabeth Tanner has helped prepare thousands of nurses for careers in gerontological care.

“During her 50-year career as a nurse, Dr. Tanner has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to improving the health of older adults and advancing approaches to interprofessional collaborative care through scholarship, practice, teaching and service,” said Mona Shattell, associate dean of faculty development at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. “Her work has had a strong and sustained impact on the promotion of gerontological nursing practice, aimed at improving the health and well-being of older adults.”

Tanner, a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, is on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and School of Medicine, and is the director of the School of Nursing Interprofessional Education and Interprofessional Collaborative Practice program, and is core faculty with the school’s Center for Innovative Care and Aging.

Tanner has also worked to improve the lives of older residents in Baltimore. She has been a commissioner on the Baltimore City Commission on Aging since 2004 and was its vice chair from 2013 to 2019.

Tanner has received more than 25 awards, including the American Geriatrics Society’s Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Award for her leadership in training students in geriatrics, and has also received the National Gerontological Nursing Association’s National Distinguished Nurse Educator Award.

“Dr. Tanner has made valuable contributions to nursing education, gerontological research, practice, community service and collaboration for improving care across disciplines,” Shattell said. “She is a role model for students and colleagues alike.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's Health Care Heroes awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.