Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN is an advanced practice oncology nurse who has consulted with organizations on issues to improve cancer care and has over 30 years of cancer nursing practice, education, research, and management experience. Dr. Mayer earned a PhD from the University of Utah, her MSN from Yale University, her BSN from Excelsior College, her Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Maryland, and her diploma from Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing.
Dr. Mayer is past president of the Oncology Nursing Society, was a member of the National Cancer Institute’s National Cancer Advisory Board (a Presidential appointment) and Board of Scientific Advisors. Dr. Mayer was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Prior to joining UNC, Dr. Mayer was co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Cancer Source (www.cancersource.com) and a research scientist at the Tufts-New England Medical Center Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies. She is the Editor for the Oncology Nursing Society’s Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON). Dr. Mayer has published over 80 articles and book chapters and lectures internationally on oncology and oncology nursing issues. Dr. Mayer is a member of the Adult and Geriatric Health Division in the School of Nursing and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her program of research focuses on the issues facing cancer survivors and improving cancer care. She has a clinical practice working with breast cancer survivors.
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