Decker nursing faculty


Mario Ortiz is dean and professor of nursing at Binghamton University's Decker School of Nursing. He is also the executive director of the school's Kresge Center for Nursing Research and the Community Health Centers of Practice.

He 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. He has garnered millions in endowments and grants to support community care, nurse-led primary care clinics, and education.

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 the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and the Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care.

He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of community health nursing, family nursing, research and theory, and nursing leadership and management. Ortiz is a board certified community/public health nurse specialist and family nurse practitioner. He uses the Rainbow PRISM model to guide nurse-led, patient-centered medical homes in community health centers, to focus patient-centered care in the community, and to guide policy development through national organizations focused on care for the underserved, the homeless, and nurse-managed centers. Ortiz has worked in both acute care and community-based settings with experience in various roles as a staff nurse through administration.

Ortiz earned bachelor's degrees in nursing and in the history of the arts, as well as a master's degree in nursing from Valparaiso University. He also earned a PhD in nursing from Loyola University Chicago.

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.