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Febuary 16, 2016



Contact: Stacie J. Newton
Department of Public Affairs
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Clifton Resident Comes to University Hospital as New Nursing Officer

University Hospital welcomed new Chief Nursing Officer Carl A. Kirton, DNP, MBA, RN, ANP, in January. In his new position he will oversee all in-patient nursing operations.

Dr. Kirton brings a wealth of experience to the job, having served as deputy executive director and chief nursing officer at Lincoln Hospital and Mental Health Center in Bronx, NY, and as senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at North General Hospital in New York City.

Dr. Kirton’s area of expertise and special interest is the care of HIV/AIDS patients. He is an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (ACRN), has taught HIV clinical nursing at a local college and traveled to Africa to teach the care of HIV patients to health professionals there. He served as president of the National Association of Nurses in AIDS Care for two years and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. He has received numerous awards for his work in HIV/AIDS and is a highly sought-after national speaker on HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment and patient care.

An active HIV/AIDS researcher, Dr. Kirton participated in the testing of a possible HIV vaccine, studied the relapse to unsafe sexual behaviors in heterosexual HIV-positive men, and most recently looked at the correlation between adherence to HIV drug therapy and patients’ personal characteristics. He has been widely published in a number of peer-reviewed journals.

The new nursing officer is happy to have landed at University Hospital. “Safety-net hospitals offer help and hope for those who have very little. I’ve always found that mission very rewarding,” Dr. Kirton explains. “I am very excited about teaming up with the UH nurses to heal our patients and help members of the community live healthier lives.”

The Clifton, NJ, resident earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lehman College, in New York; a Master’s in Nursing from New York University; a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland; and a Masters of Business Administration from St. Peter’s University, in Jersey City.

Dr. Kirton

Carl A. Kirton, DNP, MBA, RN, ANP,
Chief Nursing Officer
University Hospital

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