December 5, 2014  

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Announces a new Dean of the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing (MMDSON)


Sheldon D. Fields, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, AACRN, DPNAP, FAANP will join the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing (MMDSON) at Charles R. Drew University as its new Dean on January 12, 2015.  Dr. Fields is currently Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs and Health Policy, Associate Professor of Nursing and Co-Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program in the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida.

With a nursing career spanning over 20 years, Dr. Fields has led administrative, research and academic units.  He has participated in over $20 million dollars of research projects that focus on HIV prevention and have been funded by foundations, NIH, and other governmental agencies. Dr. Fields is a respected researcher with over 55 conference and poster presentations, and over 45 scholarly articles, book chapters, seminars, invited lectures, webinars, newspaper articles and television appearances related to HIV prevention and treatment among Black men.  He is currently the protocol co-chair for the HIV Prevention Trials HPTN-073 study, an $8 million dollar NIH funded study to assess the initiation, acceptability, safety, and feasibility of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among Black men who have sex with men in three US cities (including Los Angeles) utilizing the C4 model (Client Centered Care Coordination). 

Prior to joining the faculty at FIU, Dr. Fields was a tenured associate professor of nursing in the School of Nursing at the University of Rochester in Rochester New York, and before that an assistant professor in the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University in Binghamton New York. A health policy analyst on the Affordable Care Act in 2009, Dr. Fields was the first ever male registered nurse selected for the highly competitive and prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship Program. As a fellow, he worked in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill for Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) on the Senates Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions – Aging Subcommittee during the historic healthcare reform debates and passage of the Affordable Care Act.  
Dr. Fields received his Ph.D., in Nursing Science from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.S., in Family Nursing (with a certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner) and B.S., in Nursing from Binghamton University. He completed post-doctoral studies at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California San Francisco. He is a former national director of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and an advanced HIV/AIDS certified registered nurse (AACRN). He is also a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) and a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice (DPNAP).
We gratefully acknowledge the exceptional work of Dr. Shirley Evers-Manly, the Associate Dean of Nursing, who has served as Interim Dean of the MMDSON for the past 2 years.  Her work has moved MMDSON forward and allowed growth of all the programs and faculty within the School of Nursing.  We will now be fully staffed administratively with a Dean, Associate Dean and Interim Assistant Dean of Nursing in the School of Nursing. 

President Carlisle expressed his enthusiasm for the appointment of Dr. Fields by saying, “We are enormously pleased that Dr. Fields is joining the CDU family.  He brings a breadth of experience in academic administration, research, policy, clinical practice, and teaching.” 

Please join us in welcoming.  Dr. Fields to the CDU family!






About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,700 post-graduate physicians, more than 1,200 physician assistants, 450 nurses and hundreds of other health professionals. CDU’s mission is to conduct education, research and clinical services in the context of community engagement to train health professionals who promote wellness, provide care with excellence and compassion, and transform the health of underserved communities. For more information, visit .


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