William L. Holzemer, RN, PhD, FAAN

William L. Holzemer, RN, PhD, FAAN

Dean and Distinguished Professor, School of Nursing 

(973) 353-5149



Dr. William L. Holzemer is Dean and Distinguished Professor of the School of Nursing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, since 2009; he is Professor Emeritus from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Holzemer is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and a member of the Japan Academy of Nursing. He is a former Fulbright Scholar (Egypt), a Project HOPE Fellow (USA-Mexico Border), and is a Visiting Professor at St. Luke’s College of Nursing, Tokyo, Japan. He is a past member of the International Council of Nurses Board of Directors, 2005-2013 and received the 2007 Distinguished International Leadership Award, CGFNS International. Dr. Holzemer was appointed as a member of the NIH National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, 2012-2016. In May 2012, Japan honored Dr. Holzemer with Order of the Rising Sun, Golden Rays with Neck Ribbon, for his outstanding contributions to the development of nursing science and the education of nursing professionals in Japan. In 2017, he received the Lifetime Career Award from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.

Dr. Holzemer is an internationally recognized expert in academic nursing and HIV/AIDS care providing global leadership to the World Health Organization, the International Council of Nurses, and many Universities around the world. He has served as consultant and external reviewer for governmental agencies such as the Finish Academy of Nursing, the Japan Academy of Nursing, African Nursing Honor Society, RAE 2001 Higher Education Funding Council (United Kingdom), the Medical Research Council for South Africa and others. He has demonstrated leadership with the National League for Nursing (NLN), American Academy of Nursing (AAN), Commission on the Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), American Nurses Association (ANA), and served as President of the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) (2002-2006). Under his leadership, the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science was organized within the American Academy of Nursing to provide a national voice for translational research and health policy development related to nursing science.

Dr. Holzemer has provided national leadership through his participation in national commissions. In 1994, he served on the first national guideline panel for care of HIV, Evaluation and Treatment of Early HIV Infection (AHRQ). He has served on three Institute of Medicine committees. From 2001-2003 he served as a member of the committee that produced the report, Measuring What Matters: Allocation, Planning, and Quality Assessment for the Ryan White Care Act (2003). From 2004-2007 he served as member and chair of the Care sub panel that evaluated the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) which resulted in the text, PEPFAR Implementation: Progress and Promise (2007). Dr. Holzemer has a distinguished research career in nursing, receiving his first research award (R01) in 1978 to study clinical decision-making among nurse practitioners. Since then, he has had numerous extramural NIH funding as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator. He recently completed six years as a chartered member and Chair of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study section. He served as a member (2014-2016) of the Standing Committee on The Science of Changing Behavioral Health Social Norms for the National Academic of Sciences. For the last 25 years, his research has focused on symptom management, adherence, stigma with the goal of improving the quality of life for people and families living with the HIV.