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Barbara Daly

Barbara Daly is more than a nurse educator; she's a nurse philosopher.  Her life's work has focused on remedying the moral and ethical issues doctors and nurses face in treating the sickest of the hospital's sick - the critically, chronically ill and cancer patients.

The average patient in a large urban hospital feels like a stranger in a strange land, Daly said, raising questions about what’s important for both health care workers focused on treating the disease and patients who are more than an ailing body.  The real challenge, she said, is to give patients the most advanced technical care in a manner that does not depersonalize or dehumanize them among the medicines and machines.

Daly’s work focuses on finding ways to accomplish such sensitive, respectful care as the Gertrude Oliva Perkins Professor of Oncology Nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and director of Clinical Ethics at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

Read more about Daly's achievements.


James W. Kazura

Former Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Dean Frederick Robbins greatly influenced James W. Kazura—an up-and-coming medical house officer in the 1970s—to pursue global health as a career.

At the time, Kazura was surrounded by Robbins and other physicians and scientists devoted to improving the health of people in developing countries. Their dedication made a lasting impression on Kazura, inspiring his passion for global health.

Kazura, professor of international health, medicine and pathology, channeled that passion over the decades to pursue advancements in the understanding of genetic and immune mechanisms underlying infectious diseases that affect the health and socioeconomic well being of impoverished populations in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Find out more about Kazura's career.


Sandra Russ

As a clinical child psychologist, Sandra Russ recognized a connection between creativity and pretend play. That link prompted questions: How is pretend play related to creativity? Could creativity be increased through pretend play experiences?

Digging for answers led Russ to develop “The Affect in Play Scale” to measure play in a standardized way—now considered a gold standard in the field. Through such groundbreaking work, she has become one of the most recognized scholars in children’s pretend play.

“I am still investigating the area of emotion and creativity,” said Russ, the Louis D. Beaumont University Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. “That interest is really my first love. I never get tired of reading or thinking about it.”

Learn more about Russ' history at CWRU.


Kurt C. Stange

Relationships are a pillar of Kurt Stange’s personal and professional philosophy. He cultivates them in his practice of medicine, when working with fellow faculty across the university, and advocates for their critical role in the health of individuals and communities.

That personal, collaborative spirit has been essential to Stange’s career since he was a high-school student in East Rochester, N.Y. There his teacher, Jane Kunzog, with whom Stange still stays in touch today, taught him the importance of approaching science and health as inextricably linked to people and their experiences. That lesson stuck with him through degrees at Dartmouth, the Albany Medical College, the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and a residency at Duke University.

Learn more about Stange's history at CWRU.







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