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Kathleen L. Grady, PhD, APN/C-CNS, FAAN

Kathleen L. Grady, PhD, APN/C-CNS, FAAN Title:

Administrative Director, Center for Heart Failure, Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Associate Professor of Surgery, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): Mercy College of Detroit, Detroit, MI - 1973
Master of Science (MS): University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA - 1980
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, IL - 1993


Registered Nurse (RN), Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), and Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (C-CNS)

Clinical Focus:

Heart failure, heart transplantation, ventricular assist devices, disease management programs, quality of life, psychosocial outcomes, patient adherence with therapeutic regimens, patient preferences, and caregiver burden

Contact information:

Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute 1-866-662-8467 (toll free)

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Grady is the administrative director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Center for Heart Failure and associate professor in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She is world-renowned for her research in the area of quality of life after heart transplantation and ventricular assist device implantation.

Dr. Grady has held numerous scientific leadership positions, most notably as the past chair of the American Heart Association's (AHA) Council on Cardiovascular Nursing (2003-2005). She also serves on the AHA Council Operations Committee, board of directors of the AHA Metropolitan Chicago Division and chairs the AHA State of Illinois Advocacy Committee. Dr. Grady was the founding co-chair of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation's Council on Nursing and Social Sciences. Dr. Grady holds the distinction of being a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses (FAAN). She is also a fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) and a fellow of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC). Dr. Grady has won several awards including the AHA, Council on Cardiovascular Nursing’s Katharine A. Lembright Research Award, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation's Nursing Research Award, AHA’s Council on Cardiovascular Nursing Arteriosclerosis and Heart Failure Research Prize, and Medical honoree (Coeur, D’Or) AHA, Chicago Heart Ball.

Dr. Grady received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Mercy College of Detroit, graduating summa cum laude. She received her Master of Science (MS) from the University of California, San Francisco, graduating magna cum laude with a specialty in cardiovascular nursing. Her doctoral degree was earned from Loyola University of Chicago. Dr. Grady worked as a head nurse, nursing educator, and clinical nurse specialist for many years at various medical centers across the country including Straub Clinic and Hospital in Honolulu, HI; Stanford University, Stanford, CA; and Loyola University, Maywood, IL. She was the nursing director of the Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Program, associate professor of Medicine, and professor of Nursing at Rush University for many years. Dr. Grady was recruited to join Northwestern University as the Administrative Director, Center for Heart Failure and Associate Professor of Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Grady is a member of five editorial boards, including The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation and reviews for more than 15 additional scientific journals. Dr. Grady has served on national and international scientific grant application review committees including study review sections for the National Institutes of Health and as a reviewer for the Swiss National Science Foundation. She has presented lectures regionally, nationally and internationally and authored 69 scientific publications, 68 published abstracts, and 12 web-based articles or book chapters on heart failure, heart transplantation, and ventricular assist devices.

Dr. Grady's research on quality of life outcomes after heart transplantation and left ventricular assist device implantation has been funded by the American Heart Association (as the principal investigator [PI] for a national grant-in-aid) and the National Institutes of Health (as the PI on an R01 scientific grant, funded for > $1.5 million [1999-2004]). She has been a co-principal investigator and co-investigator on two other R01 scientific grants and consultant on another funded R01 research project. Her research and review articles have been published in a variety of journals including Circulation, The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.