Sharon Hewner, PhD, RN, FAAN

Department Chair - Family, Community & Health Systems Sciences; Associate Professor

Sharon Hewner

School of Nursing
University at Buffalo
311 Wende Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

PHONE: 716-829-2092


  • PhD, Anthropology, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
    • Dissertation: Elder Care in an Amish and an English Rural Community: A Comparative Medical Anthropological Study
  • MS, Gerontological Nursing, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
    • Thesis: Changes in Physical and Psychological Functioning in Elderly Patients in the Acute Hospital Waiting Nursing Home Placement
  • BS, Nursing, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Areas of Research

  • Informatics
  • Transitions of Care  

Teaching Responsibilities

  • NGC 502 Applied Informatics to Evaluate Healthcare Outcomes
  • NGC 634 Organizational and Leadership Concepts in Healthcare
  • NUR 708 Research Practicum

Recent Publications

Hewner, S., Sullivan, S. S., & Yu, G. (2018). Reducing emergency room visits and in-hospitalizations by implementing best practice for transitional care using innovative technology and big data. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/wvn.12286

Sullivan. S., Li, J. X., Wu, Y. W., & Hewner, S. (2017). Complexity of chronic conditions' impact on end-of-life expense trajectories of Medicare decedents. Journal of Nursing Administration, 47(11), 545-550. doi:10.1097/NNA.0000000000000541

Sullivan, S. S., Mistretta, F., Casucci, S., & Hewner, S. (2017) Integrating social context into comprehensive shared care planning: A scoping review. Nursing Outlook, 65(5), 597- 606. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2017.01.014

Hewner, S., Casucci, S., Sullivan, S. S., Mistretta, F., Xue, Y., Johnson, B., … Fox, C. (2017). Integrating social determinants of health into primary care clinical and informational workflow during care transitions. eGEMs: Generating Evidence & Methods to Improve Patient Outcomes, 5(2). doi:10.13063/2327-9214.1282

Castner, J., Loomis, D., Yin, Y., & Hewner, S. (2016). Medical Mondays: Emergency department utilization for Medicaid recipients depends on the day of the week, season, and holidays. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 42(4), 317-324. doi:10.1016/j.jen.2015.12.010

Hewner, S., Casucci, S., & Castner, J. (2016) The roles of chronic disease complexity, health system integration, and care management in post-discharge healthcare utilization in a low-income population. Research in Nursing and Health, 39, 215-228. doi:10.1002/nur.21731

Raines, D. A., Grinslade, S., Fabry, D., Hewner, S., & Steeg, L. (2016). Knowledge and attitudes of RN to BSN students before and after a patient safety course. Nursing Education Perspectives, 37(6), 317-319. doi:10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000057

Castner, J., Wu, Y.W., Mehrok, N., & Hewner, S. (2015). Frequent Emergency Department Utilization and Behavioral Health Comorbidities. Nursing Research 64(1):3-12. DOI: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000065 

Hewner, S. J. (2015). Getting HIE ‘Just Right’ for Population-Level Clinical Decision Support. Invited testimony to the Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator, Health IT Policy Committee, Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use Workgroup. June 2, 2015 in Washington, DC. 

Hewner, S., Wu, Y.W., & Castner, J. (2015) Comparative Effectiveness of Risk-stratified Care Management in Reducing Readmissions in Medicaid Adults with Chronic Disease. Journal for Healthcare Quality 03/2015; doi:10.1097/01.JHQ.0000462683.70630.d7

Raines, D., Grinslade, M. S., Fabry, D., Steeg, L., Hewner, S. (2015). Knowledge and Attitudes of RN to BSN Students Before and After a Patient Safety Course. Accepted by Nursing Education Perspectives March 19, 2015.

Hewner, S. J. (2014). A population-based care transition model for chronically ill elders. Nursing Economic$, 32(2), 109-116, 141.

Hewner, S. J., & Seo, J. Y. (2014). Informatics role in integrating population and patient centered knowledge to improve care transitions in complex chronic disease. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), 18(2).

Hewner, S. J., Seo, J. Y., Gothard, S. E., &  Johnson, B.J. (2014). Aligning Population-specific Care Management with Chronic Disease Complexity. Nursing Outlook 62, 250-258

Foels, T., & Hewner, S. J. (2009). Integrating pay for performance with educational strategies to improve diabetes care. Population Health Management, 12 (3), 121-129.

Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Nursing Research, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, School of Nursing, Buffalo, NY, 2015
  • Mecca S. Cranley Nursing Research Mentorship Award, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, School of Nursing, Buffalo, NY
  • Milton Plesur Teaching Excellence Award, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, 2013
  • Elsevier Exceptional Nursing Educator Award, Elsevier Faculty Development Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2013
  • Teaching Innovation Award, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, 2012
  • Nurse of the Year in Performance Management, Quality and Improvement, March of Dimes, Rochester, NY, 2012
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Lockport Senior High School, Lockport, NY
  • Patricia H. Garman Behavioral Health Nursing Endowment Fund Award, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, School of Nursing, Buffalo, NY
  • Quality and Safety Education in Nursing, Education Consortium Institute, selected representative of University at Buffalo, School of Nursing, Charleston, NC
  • Improving Care Transitions and Care Coordination in Frail Elders at the End-of-Life, Second Place Scientific Abstract at the Science of Compassion: Future Directions in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, National Institute of Nursing Research.
  • Mecca S. Cranley Nursing Research Mentorship Award, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, School of Nursing, Buffalo, NY
  • Research Careers in Anthropology Graduate Fellowship, US Department of Education, Fund for Improvement for Post-secondary Education

Professional Activities

  • Board Member, Niagara Hospice
  • Board Member, HEALTHeLINK
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
  • Participant in Nursing Knowledge Big Data Science Care Coordination
  • Participant in American Nurses Association/Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT Care Planning Workgroup
  • Member, American Nurse Association
  • Member, American Medical Informatics Association
  • Member, Academy of Health