(May 16, 2012) – Susan Benedict, D.S.N., CRNA, FAAN, became a faculty member of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing on May 16 as Director of Global Health and professor in the Department of Nursing Systems.

“She will work with Dr. Sharon Ostwald to expand our international enterprise in the Office of Global Health,” said UTHealth School of Nursing Dean Patricia L. Starck, D.S.N., R.N. “In addition, she will teach and be involved in grant writing and research in the field of ethics.”

Benedict has particular expertise on issues related to nursing ethics during the Holocaust. At Holocaust Museum Houston last year, she gave a presentation based on her extensive grant-funded research at archives in England, Germany, Poland, Austria and Israel about the Nazi “euthanasia” program. She received a Fellowship in Medical Ethics and the Holocaust from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. in 1997.

In 2003, Benedict was invited to be a visiting professor at the University of Haifa in Israel. As a continuation of her international activities that year, she took nurse practitioner students to work in rural villages in India; and, in 2009, she was a visiting professor at the University of Botswana in Africa.

She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), making her the twelfth current School of Nursing faculty member holding that distinction.

Before joining UTHealth, Benedict was an emeritus professor of nursing and had been a faculty member at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. since 1991. She has taught and published extensively throughout her career.

Benedict received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Villa Maria College in Erie, Pa., and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. She is a certified registered nurse anesthetist and a graduate of Charity Hospital/Xavier University anesthesia program in New Orleans.