About Us

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Center for Innovations in the Advancement of Care (CIAC)

The Center for Innovations in the Advancement of Care (CIAC) was formally launched in the fall of 2015. CIAC is devoted to supporting research among nurses and other researchers with a wide range of programs and services designed to elevate and enrich their research and scholarly achievements. All of our programs and services (except the Annual Nursing Research Conference) are provided free of charge to nurses and their research collaborators employed at NYU Langone Health.​

CIAC's Objective

To support a community of NYU Langone Health nurses and other researchers in studying and addressing patient care issues throughout healthcare by:​​

  • Strengthening and expanding the research capacity amongst doctorally prepared nurses.
  • ​Cultivating talent to complement and boost ​the research enterprise.
  • Infusing NYU Langone Health with the culture of innovation, inquiry, and scientific exploration to meet patient needs.


Staff Bios

Peri Rosenfeld, PhD

As Director of the Center for Innovations in the Advancement of Care (CIAC), I work closely with Kim Glassman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Sr. VP Patient Care Service/Chief Nursing Officer and the CIAC staff to elevate and expand the visibility of nurse contributions to research throughout the enterprise. Housed in an Academic Medical Center with access to support and services at the NYU Meyer's College of Nursing and NYU School of Medicine, CIAC is uniquely situated at the crossroads of clinical and health services research in both hospital and ambulatory settings.

Since taking the reins at CIAC, which was launched in fall 2015 with generous funding from an anonymous funder, I've also been actively engaged in research and evaluations to examine population-based nursing innovations and patient outcomes at NYULMC.  In the course of my career, I've published several data books on nursing workforce and, most recently, co-author with Dr. Glassman of Data Makes the Difference: The Smart Nurse's Handbook for Using Data to Improve Care. I've also published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and serve as review editor Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, Medical Care, and American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. I am a fellow of New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) and an inaugural Fellow of the Center for Healthcare Innovation and Delivery Science (CHIDS) at NYU Langone Medical Center.

Prior to returning to NYULMC in January 2013 after a 10 year hiatus, I engaged in health services research in several NYC-based and national organizations.  In the late 1990's through 2003 I held a joint appointment in the NYU Division of Nursing and the NYUHC Departments of Nursing as Associate Director of the Pless Center for Nursing Research. I remain an Adjunct Professor at the NYU Meyer's College of Nursing. My 30 year career has been devoted to health services research, with specific content expertise in the nursing workforce; quality of care across hospital and home care settings and access to care among underserved populations. In addition to my joint appointment at NYU,  I held research positions at (i) the Visiting Nurses Service of New York conducting quality and policy-related studies on home and community based services; (ii) New York Academy of Medicine, studying the impact of Ryan White Act on care of HIV/AIDs patients, as well as studies on aging nursing workforce; and (iii) NYS Council on Graduate Medical Education, which advanced public policies for increasing primary care among medical residency programs in New York State.

A full listing of my publications can be viewed here, and an interactive publication timeline can be viewed here.​

Delmore oct 2012.JPGBarbara Delmore, PhD, RN, CWCN MAPWCA, IIWCC-NYU
Senior Nurse Scientist

I am currently the Senior Nurse Scientist for the Center for Innovations in the Advancement of Care (CIAC). I have been a nurse at NYU Langone Medical Center for 34 years and mostly in wound care, which is my passion. I earned my doctorate from New York University, graduated from Emory’s Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Education Program, and am board certified in wound care.

I have authored and contributed to numerous publications, podium, and poster presentations. I have served on several advisory boards, and am currently on the editorial board for the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) journal where I serve as the Wound Editor. I am also a board member of the American Professional Wound Care Organization (APWCA) and currently the co-chair for the annual conference.

I have been the recipient of several grants and my research has concentrated on patients at high risk for wounds, especially pressure ulcers. My recent publications were on heel pressure ulcers and acute skin failure in the critical care population. I was the recipient of the 2011 Nursing Spectrum Excellence Awards-Finalist Category (Mentorship category), the 2013 Research Excellence Award at NYU Langone Medical Center, and the 2014 Clinical Innovation Award - New York University, College of Nursing / NYU Langone Medical Center. See all publications.

Lita Anglin, MSIS
Nursing Research and Education Librarian

As the Center’s Nursing Librarian I work with nurses, nurse practitioners, educators and administrators to help them connect to the best available evidence and research related to nursing scholarship and patient care.  I work to help my colleagues discover knowledge that makes an impact and find ways to communicate those problem-solving discoveries to the broader community.  As an Associate Curator and faculty member of the Ehrman Medical Library I work in partnership with other librarian colleagues to help busy clinicians and educators use bibliographic and research tools effectively.

For the past ten years I have worked in outpatient oncology as a family health librarian, specializing in areas related to health literacy, patient education, and pediatrics.  I co-authored the 2010 patient guide 100 Questions and Answers about Vascular Anomalies.  I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Mongolia 1998-2000) and a New York State–certified teacher.  I am originally from central Texas where I earned an undergraduate degree in English (University of North Texas) and an MSIS (The University of Texas at Austin). See all publications.


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Project Assistant IV

As a Project Assistant IV, I am responsible for coordinating and facilitating CIAC events and programs, providing support to CIAC's research studies, and for bringing exciting and informative content to CIAC's website and blogs. I hold an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Baruch College and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Sociology, with a Business Management minor from Stony Brook University. Prior to joining NYU Langone Health, I managed multiple medical oncological practices in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's Solid Tumor Genitourinary service as a Physician Office Assistant III.

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Daniel Smith, MA
Data Analyst - Research Coordinator

As the Data Analyst - Research Coordinator, I assist with the study design and statistical analysis of quality improvement and research projects within the Departments of Nursing. I have graduate training in social science research methods and econometrics from New York University and the University of Southern California, as well as previous research experience in political science, economics, and public health for various studies and academic departments across NYU. A list of my publications and conference presentations are available here.

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Mary Jo Vetter DNP, AGPCNP-BC
Director, DNP Program
Clinical Associate Professor

Mary Jo Vetter DNP, AGPCNP-BC is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program at the NYU Meyers College of Nursing. Dr. Vetter is also a geriatric primary care provider and care manager in private practice. She has extensive experience in the creation, deployment, clinical and business oversight of new evidence based models of care provided by interprofessional teams of Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Rehabilitation Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers with emphasis on telehealth / telemedicine, integrated medical and behavioral health care, transitional care, and palliative care. She has functioned as an administrator and clinician in nurse managed primary health care, specifically in ambulatory care and home based settings. Dr. Vetter has demonstrated expertise in facilitating evidence based practice improvement initiatives in a variety of settings. As a Lean Six Sigma greenbelt practitioner and a Lean Launchpad Educator, she concentrates on integrating quality improvement, entrepreneurship, and business start-up expertise into nursing education. A graduate of Rutgers University, she has focused on care delivery to vulnerable populations in urban settings and consulted locally and internationally to promote the advanced practice nursing role in NP led primary care. In addition, Dr. Vetter has expertise in a variety of public health related nursing areas including occupational health, emergency preparedness and grant management.


Sarah Mendez, EdD, RN, AOCNS

I am currently the oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist for Perlmutter Cancer Center, covering all of our on and off-site locations. I have been an oncology nurse for 20 years, and became an oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist 9 years ago. I completed my Doctoral studies in 2016 after having developed a questionnaire to look at potential predictive factors of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. I am currently the chair of the newly reinstated Oncology Nursing Practice and Quality Council.​

Ana-Mola-photo.jpgAna Mola, PhD, RN, ANP-C, MAACVPR

I have been employed at New York University Langone Medical Center for several decades in the areas of cardiovascular surgery, cardiology, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, care transitions and population health management. As Program Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention Center at NYU Hospital, I co-established a 22-inpatient cardiopulmonary unit, a cardiopulmonary outpatient program, an employee wellness program and a tobacco cessation service. I have published numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters related to the cardiovascular healthcare disparities and the spectrum of cardiopulmonary preventive care. Additionally, I have presented nationally and internationally in respect to the local, national and global implications of cardiovascular disease.

In 2012, Iaccepted the newly established role of Director of Care Transitions and Population Health Management. This clinical care transitions administrative position entailed design, development, implementation and evaluation of complex care populations (e.g. heart failure, medically complex, cardiovascular and orthopedic surgical patients) across different care settings to reduce readmissions, increase the quality of care and enhance the patient experience. My research interests are tobacco cessation management, heart failure care transitions, alternate delivery models of cardiac rehabilitation in the community, and cardiovascular healthcare disparities of South Asian children. My doctorate dissertation was the Development and Validation of the Bangladeshi Pediatric Silhouette Scale (BPSS). The BPSS has provided a cultural congruent adiposity risk tool in the Bangladeshi community.I have served on national committees as a Board of Directorof the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), and a member of Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services Million Hearts- Cardiac Rehabilitation Collaborative. In 2016, she was awarded a status of Master within AACVPR.

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Martha Kent EdD, RN NEA-BC, CPAN

​I am currently the Senior Director for Nursing, Quality and Patient Safety in Perioperative Services. I have been a nurse at NYU Langone Medical Center for over 37 years and have worked in numerous roles in critical care and perioperative services; primarily post anesthesia care. I have also taught nursing, both clinical and didactic instruction at the university level. I was awarded my doctorate from, Teachers College-Columbia University, where my dissertation concerned the relationship between mindfulness and leadership effectiveness. Within CIAC, I am a member of the Nursing Protocol review and Monitoring Committee. My research interests involve mindfulness, perioperative quality, operative skin assessment, and perioperative skin risk assessment. ​