Patricia W. Stone, PhD, RN, FAAN

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Dr. Stone is one of the few nurse researchers among other interdisciplinary researchers (economists, hospital epidemiologists, and health services researchers) who deeply understand the complications and rigor of conducting real world comparative and economic evaluations in the context of improving the quality of care and specifically preventing healthcare-associated infections. Dr. Stone has a long history of conducting research in this area and has been the prinicipal investigator on many federal and foundation supported grants. This expertise and her sustained scholarly efforts in this area have been recognized and improved healthcare in a variety of ways.

She has served on a number of important policy making committees (e.g., she co-chaired two National Quality Forum Technical Advisory Panels and she served as an expert for the Massachusetts Expert Panel on Healthcare-Associated Infections and California Health Department). Additionally, her work on the cost of healthcare-associated infections have been cited in major publications including important reports written by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (guidelines and a burden of illness study) and the Health and Human Services Healthcare-Associated Infections Action Plan.

These activities have contributed to recent changes in health policy (e.g., federal and state legislation mandating that hospitals report both process and outcome data related to healthcare-associated infections) as well as the type of data the hospitals are collecting. Dr. Stone is passionate about conducting policy relevant research and educating the next generation of nurse and interdisciplinary scientists.

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

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
  • New York State Distinguished Nurse Researcher


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

  • Travers, J., Dick, A.W., Stone, P.W. (2017). Racial/Ethnic Differences in Receipt of Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccination Among Long-Stay Nursing Home Residents. Health Services Research.

  • Herzig CTA, Dick AW, Sorbero M, Pogorzelska-Maziarz M., Cohen CC, Larson EL, Stone PW. (2017). Infection Trends In US Nursing Homes, 2006-2013. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.;18(7) 635, e9-635.e20

  • Cohen CC, Dick A, Stone PW (2017). Isolation Precautions Use for Multidrug-resistant Organism Infection In Nursing Homes. Journal of American Geriatric Society. 65(3):483-489

  • Liu, H., Furuya, E. Y., Dick, A., Herzig, C. T., Larson, E., Reagan, J., & Stone, P.W. (2016). Impact of State Reporting Laws on Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection Rates in US Adult Intensive Care Units. Health Services Research