Dr. Martha A.Q. Curley
Martha A.Q. Curley is a pioneering leader in nursing practice transformation and a relentless force in advancing pediatric critical care throughout her distinguished career. Her substantial accomplishments as an international leader in pediatric critical care research have transformed the delivery of care for critically ill children and forever changed and elevated the scope of pediatric nursing and nursing science on a global scale. Dr. Curley has led numerous international multisite clinical trials funded by multiple branches of the National Institutes of Health, and her findings have established first-ever pediatric-validated instruments for assessing patient status and health risk, provided evidence to support nurse-led interventions that meet essential child and family needs in the pediatric intensive care unit, and undergirded standards of care and practice guidelines for critically ill pediatric patients and their families. She is nationally and internationally recognized for instituting standards for the design and execution of clinical trials and for her prolific and seminal publications. Currently, Dr. Curley is a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and serves as the Ruth M. Colket Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nursing Science, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the recipient of major awards from the Society of Critical Care Medicine and designated a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing for her impact on the practice and science of critical care.