Meet: Sharon Hewner, PhD, RN, FAAN

Sharon Hewner.

Sharon Hewner, PhD, RN

Title(s): Assistant Professor
Organization(s): University at Buffalo, School of Nursing
Research Interests: Informatics | Transitions of care
Hometown: Lockport, NY

"The number of programs and the variety of students at UB School of Nursing really make you individualize the teaching to meet the student’s unique needs and skills. When I work with students in the classroom or as a mentor, my goal is to find out what they are interested in and help them to see how they can understand that concept more completely. 

"Working side-by-side with students on their research and capstone projects, even if the student is remote, is exciting. As they progress through the program, you can see how the skills they are learning can change their career path."

Hewner is a specialist in informatics and health outcomes research, with expertise in the Medicare and Medicaid population. Her research focuses on transitions from the acute hospital to the community with emphasis on how health information technology can improve care to the population with chronic disease and support decision making in the primary care setting. Hewner has developed a COMPLEXedex hierarchical algorithm which divides the population into healthy, at-risk, chronic and complex cohorts based on nine prevalent chronic diseases.

Previous work has focused on comparing eldercare practice and female post-reproductive frailty in traditional (Amish, rural and urban China, Philippine highland) and contemporary cultures.

To learn more about Hewner, visit her profile.