NEWARK--William L. Holzemer, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and distinguished professor at the School of Nursing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC). He was recognized for his outstanding contributions to ANAC and his global leadership in the battle against HIV/AIDS during the organization’s annual conference held November 10-12 in Atlanta, GA.
With 40 chapters located across the globe, ANAC is the leading professional nursing association responding to HIV/AIDS. Since its establishment in 1987, ANAC has provided a wide range of resources for nurses in working in clinical care, research, prevention, and policy related to HIV/AIDS, while serving as an advocate for people living with HIV.
Accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award in absentia via video, while travelling abroad, Dr. Holzemer commended those he’s worked with over the past 35 to 40 years—faculty colleagues, doctoral students and people living with HIV. “Thank you for your extraordinary support of this critical cause,” he noted.
Dr. Holzemer is recognized in the United States and internationally as an expert in academic nursing and a researcher and key influencer in the battle against HIV/AIDS. He has served at Rutgers School of Nursing since 2009. He is also professor emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco, and distinguished professor at St. Luke’s University, Tokyo.
Renowned for his contributions to national and international health policy and practice, Dr. Holzemer was elected in 2003 to the prestigious Institute of Medicine, (now the National Academy of Medicine), becoming one of very few nurses to hold that distinction. He has provided global leadership to the World Health Organization, the International Council of Nurses, and many governments and universities around the world. He has served on numerous NIH review panels and recently served on the National Advisory Council, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health (2012-2016).
Dr. Holzemer’s work in HIV/AIDS care has focused on symptom management, medication adherence, and stigma. Certified in 1987 as an AIDS Train-the-Trainer, he has been an active member of ANAC since 1990. He helped establish the San Francisco ANAC chapter and is a member of the New Jersey chapter. He served on the ANAC Research Committee from 1993-1995 and gave keynote addresses at ANAC conventions in 2006 and 2007. He has authored some 138 papers on HIV, 30 of which were published in the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.
He has served on major national commissions and panels that have shaped HIV diagnosis, care, and prevention efforts over the past 30 years, among them the 1994 panel that developed the first national guidelines for HIV care in the U.S. While at UCSF, he received 14 NIH-funded grants totaling more than $7 million and aimed at improving the lives of people living with HIV. At UCSF he also coordinated the establishment of the International Network of HIV/AIDS Researchers – a group still conducting research today.
A sought-after speaker and frequently cited author, Dr. Holzemer is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Under his leadership, Rutgers School of Nursing established its HIV Care Advanced Practice Nursing Education Program with funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration, one of only four such programs in the nation. The school also promotes HIV-related research, evidence-based care, and technical assistance and training through its Center for Research on HIV Management in Families & Communities and its François-Xavier Bagnoud Center (FXB Center).