2014 Distiguished Research Lecturer

Cindy L. Munro, RN, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN


Dr. Cindy Munro began her nursing career as a diploma graduate of York Hospital School of Nursing in York, Pa. She earned her bachelor’s in nursing science at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in nursing science at University of Delaware, Newark, and a PhD in nursing and microbiology and immunology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond.

Dr. Munro is associate dean for research and innovation and professor at the College of Nursing at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Previously, she was Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor at VCU School of Nursing, where she had been a faculty member since 1992. She held affiliate appointments at the VCU School of Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Dr. Munro’s research activities focus consistently on the relationship between oral health and prevention of systemic disease, and have been supported by funding of more than $10 million in direct costs as a principal or co-investigator. Her research on oral care in critically ill adults has been funded for more than 10 years by the National Institute of Nursing Research, and she is currently studying the preintubation impact of chlorhexidine mouthwash on the prevention of pneumonia in patients on mechanical ventilation. She has published more than 100 articles and is co-editor of AACN’s American Journal of Critical Care.

An active member of numerous professional organizations, Dr. Munro is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and serves on the academy’s Acute and Critical Care Expert Panel; president-elect of the Southern Nursing Research Society, a member of its Governing Board and chair of its Grants Committee; and a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

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