The 2016 Rush University marshal is Lynne T. Braun, PhD, ANP, FAAN, a professor in the Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing in the College of Nursing and in the Department of Internal Medicine, Rush Medical College. She is also a nurse practitioner in the Heart Center for Women at Rush University Medical Center.
Dr. Braun has been an active volunteer for the American Heart Association (AHA) since 1980 in numerous capacities. Currently, she serves on the Midwest Affiliate board of directors and is chairperson of the Illinois Advocacy Committee. She is a member of the national Advocacy Coordinating Committee of the AHA.
Dr. Braun is past chair of the AHA Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, and past president of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA). She served as co-investigator for three research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, and consultant on several projects for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.
She is a co-author of five AHA and American College of Cardiology (ACC) scientific statements, two clinical practice guidelines and the AHA/ACC statement on Performance Measures for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the AHA, the National Lipid Association, the preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association and the Institute of Medicine of Chicago.
Dr. Braun is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Marie Hippensteel Lingeman Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice from Sigma Theta Tau International, Distinguished Alumna Awards from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing and Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Nurses Alumni Association, the Healthcare Volunteer of the Year Award from the American Heart Association and the Coeur d'Or Medical Honoree from the American Heart Association of Metropolitan Chicago.
Her clinical and research interests include cardiovascular risk reduction, exercise, hyperlipidemia, hypertension management, and women and heart disease. Dr. Braun completed a master's degree and an adult nurse practitioner master's certificate from Rush University in 1997, and earned a doctorate in nursing science at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1990.