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Memorial Fund established to honor Rosanne Harrigan, MS, EdD, APRN-Rx, FAAN

Date: October 21st, 2016 in Alumni News, Faculty, JABSOM News, Research    Print or PDF

February 24, 1945-October 16, 2016

With great sadness, we note that Dr. Rosanne Harrigan passed away on October 16, 2016. Our thoughts go out to her family, friends, colleagues and students. Dr. Rosanne Harrigan most recently served as the Chair of the Department of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Hawai’i (UH) John A. Burns School of Medicine. She was the former Dean of the UH School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene.

A graduate of Xavier College, Dr. Harrigan received her Masters in Nursing, credentials as a nurse practitioner, and her Doctor of Education from Indiana University. She was a professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing and adjunct professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine. She then became Niehoff Chair & Professor, Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University of Chicago.

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For her professional excellence in pediatric nursing and maternal and child health, in 1983 she was named Maternal Nurse of the Year by the American Nursing Association and National Nurse of the Year by the March of Dimes. In 1985, she was named to the prestigious New York Academy of Sciences.


Hoʻomanaʻo aloha: Her contributions to Hawaiʻi (Nursing)

In 1992, she came to Hawaiʻi from Chicago to be the Dean of the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. She instituted the PhD Program in Nursing. Her outstanding career continued in Hawaiʻi as she was named Distinguished Leader in Neonatal Nursing by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses Board of Directors in 1996. She had numerous peer-reviewed publications and was on the editorial board of the Journal of Perinatal Neonatal, the Journal of Perinatology, Women’s Health (Jacob’s Institute for Women’s Health), and on the advisory board of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, National Institute of Nursing Research, in the National Institutes of Health.

Her research and clinical interests included cross-cultural care. She published papers on health disparities among different ethnic groups including Native Hawaiians and Samoans, and about difference perceptions of health care among mothers in Asia and the U.S.

Her work in cross-cultural healthcare contributed to her interest in Integrative Medicine. She worked part-time at Waimanalo Health Center whose service population is largely Native Hawaiian. There, as a nurse practitioner, she worked with traditional Hawaiian healers as well as physicians.

Dr. Harrigan with her JABSOM clinic and department colleagues and former state senator Suzanne Chun Oakland. (2008)

Dr. Harrigan with her JABSOM clinic and department colleagues and former state senator Suzanne Chun Oakland. (2008)

Hoʻomanaʻo aloha: Her contributions to Hawaiʻi (Medicine)

In 2002, she brought her expertise to the John A. Burns School of Medicine. She later became the Chair of the newly formed Department of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The Department has since been renamed to the Department of Complementary and Integrative Medicine.

During her tenure with the medical school, Dr. Harrigan was the Graduate Chair for Biomedical Science in Clinical Research. She instituted a graduate program leading to the MS and PhD in biomedical sciences in clinical research for clinicians, researchers, educators, and consumers. She nurtured newly trained investigators and actively facilitated their career development, encouraging research collaborations, particularly those related to research in health disparities.

As the Chair of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, she blended her strong research and clinical background together with a desire to serve the community. She brought a renewed perspective into the field of medicine by helping to integrate different disciplines to provide the best healthcare possible for a rapidly changing world.

The schools of medicine and nursing are honored to have known Dr. Harrigan, who served both institutions long and well. She earned the lasting loyalty of those she mentored, led and taught, and many benefitted from her professionalism, leadership and, most of all, her aloha.

A Rosanne Harrigan Memorial Fund at UH Foundation has been established to honor Dr. Harrigan and further her work. Gifts may be made on line.
Information on services is pending.

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