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Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN

University of Missouri-St. Louis
Mary Ann Lee Endowed Professor of Oncology
St. Louis, MO

Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the president of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). She is the Mary Ann Lee Endowed Professor of Oncology Nursing at the College of Nursing, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a research scientist at Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis. She earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from William Paterson College in Wayne, NJ, her Master of Science degree in teaching specialty and oncology nursing from Boston University, and her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston.

After 21 years of service in the Army Reserve and the Massachusetts Army National Guard, she retired with the rank of Colonel. She was the first female Colonel in the Massachusetts National Guard.

Dr. Barton-Burke has been a member of ONS for more than 30 years and served as a Director-at-Large and President-Elect before serving as president. She served on numerous committees within ONS, including the research committee and finance subcommittee. Her contributions to the annual Congress include chairing the 1993 conference and serving on the Congress scholarship and education committees. She served as president of the Boston and St. Louis ONS chapters.

Her cancer interest has been in survivorship. Her clinical expertise is in the areas of fatigue, sexuality, pain management, and symptom management. Her research interests are an outgrowth of her clinical interests, including long-term cancer survivorship and the survivorship of African-American women with breast cancer. She is a co-author of award-winning books, including Oncology Nursing Drug Handbookand Cancer Chemotherapy: A Nursing Process Approach. Both titles earned the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award.

Dr. Barton-Burke is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). Among her many recognitions and awards, she is an inaugural faculty and senior faculty member for the African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships (ADDRF) Training Workshop, sponsored by African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in Nairobi, Kenya. She is a founding member of the Massachusetts Pain Initiative, the Massachusetts Cancer Pain Initiative, and several other cancer nursing initiatives. She has received numerous fellowships and most recently was named to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) 2014–2015 Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP) Fellowship. Dr. Barton-Burke is the Chairperson of the AACN Research Leadership Network.