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Dean & Professor
University of Virginia School of Nursing

Dorrie Fontaine is the dean and Sadie Health Cabaniss professor at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing. Founder of UVA’s Compassionate Care Initiative, Dorrie has 45 years’ experience as a critical care and trauma nurse and a distinguished record of leadership at the nation’s top nursing schools including University of Maryland, Georgetown University, and the University of California, San Francisco.  She is a tireless champion of healthy work environments, training nurses and physicians together and creating resilient nurses and healthcare leaders through compassionate care and has published and presented on these topics. Dorrie believes that nurturing resilience, teaching compassion, and augmenting wisdom through mindful leadership will truly transform cultures in clinical and academic settings.