(October 8, 2020) Associate Professor Hyochol “Brian” Ahn, PhD, ANP-BC, has been named Assistant Dean for Research at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth effective October 16.
“Dr. Ahn’s groundbreaking exploration of nonpharmaceutical approaches to pain management gives our students an opportunity to participate in meaningful research, and he is committed to helping guide and grow Cizik School of Nursing’s broader research initiatives among faculty and students,” said Constance Johnson, PhD, associate dean for research and Maria C. and Christopher J. Pappas Family Chair in Nursing of the Cizik School of Nursing’s research department. “He was appointed following a very competitive selection process, and I am grateful to the other exceptional faculty members who shared their visions, passions, and plans for advancing nursing science.”
Ahn has built upon a varied and unusual background in both nursing and electrical and computer engineering to establish a program of clinical and translational research focused on enhancing health and independence in older adults through innovative pain management technologies. His many research grants include the R01 award of a $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health through the National Institute of Nursing Research in April 2020 to apply transcranial direct current stimulation combined with mindfulness-based meditation for home-based self-management of pain related to knee osteoarthritis in older adults.
Ahn is the Cizik School of Nursing’s Theodore J. and Mary E. Trumble Professor in Aging Research and holds a joint appointment with McGovern Medical School’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He was selected as a member of the American Academy of Nursing’s 2020 Class of Fellows. He joined the school in 2016 after serving as an assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Nursing. He earned his PhD in Nursing with an emphasis on adult and elderly care as well as multiple graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificates in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Clinical and Translational Science, Aging and Geriatric Practice, and Nursing from the University of Florida. Ahn gained clinical experience at that institution’s Shands Hospital and at Alliance Medical Practices, Inc., in Ocala.
Sherri Deatherage Green