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Mario R. Ortiz, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, FNP-C, FNAP, FAAN

Dean; Professor; Decker Endowed Chair in Community Health Nursing

Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences


Mario Ortiz is dean and professor of nursing at Binghamton University's Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences. He is also the executive director of the college's Kresge Center for Nursing Research and the Community Health Centers of Practice. In July 2023 he was named the Decker Chair in Community Health Nursing.

Ortiz has a record of success in developing healthcare programs and being at the forefront of establishing nurse-led, patient-centered medical homes as primary care clinics. He has established and nurtured critical partnerships with healthcare providers and policy makers, and has a rich portfolio of faculty, staff, and clinician development. Additionally, Ortiz has garnered millions in endowments and grants to support community care, nurse-led primary care clinics and education.

A board certified community/public health nurse specialist and family nurse practitioner, he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of community health nursing, family nursing, research and theory, and nursing leadership and management.

Additionally, Ortiz is a respected scholar in national and international arenas, where he focuses on unique nursing research and practice. He is the contributing editor of the "Health Policy" and "Leadership" columns in Nursing Science Quarterly. He serves on the referee panels for the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and the Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care.

He is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, a Fellow in the Nursing Academy of the National Academies of Practice and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.


  • PhD, nursing, Loyola University
  • MS, nursing, Valparaiso University
  • BS, nursing, Valparaiso University
  • BA, art history/humanities, Valparaiso University

Research Interests

  • Qualitative research
  • Living experiences of health
  • Nursing theory-guided research

Clinical Interests

  • Community and family health
  • HIV and AIDS
  • STDs/STIs

Teaching Interests

  • Nursing philosophy and theory
  • Qualitative research
  • Conceptual analysis

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