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Nursing's New Dean

COURTNEY LYDER, D.N., IS THE NEW DEAN of the UCLA School of Nursing. He comes to UCLA from the University of Virginia, where he was a professor of internal medicine and geriatrics and led the UV School of Nursing’s acuteand specialty-care department.

UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block praised Dr. Lyder as “an outstanding leader, particularly in promoting diversity and in translating scholarly work into clinical practice.”

Dr. Lyder succeeds Marie Cowan, who died in February 2008.

Dr. Lyder was born in Port of Spain in the West Indies and grew up in Manhattan. He earned his doctorate in nursing from Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago.

A key focus of Dr. Lyder’s research has been on improving patient safety in hospitals. He was co-leader of an investigation to identify hospital errors affecting patients with Medicare, and he also has served as chair of a federal advisory panel that revised the standards of care for nursing homes.


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