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Elsie Stines, DNP, joined the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the University of Maryland Hospital for Children in 2001 as a pediatric nurse practitioner.
She has a joint appointment with the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) as a pediatric nurse practitioner and as assistant vice president of special projects and initiatives to UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, respectively.
In her roles as an advanced practice nurse, Stines works in collaboration with physicians — and independently — to care for children with a variety of gastrointestinal and nutritional disorders. As assistant vice president, she is responsible for community initiatives focused on health and education. Additionally, Stines oversees all aspects of the President’s Clinic, a weekly interprofessional clinical experience in which students from all six UMB professional schools join President Perman in caring for pediatric patients. Stines is responsible for monitoring the development of the UMB CURE Scholars Program, which is designed to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the health care workforce, and is an integral member of the UMB CURE leadership team. Currently, Stines chairs the UMB’s President’s Diversity Advisory Council. She works with President Perman and School of Nursing Dean Jane Kirschling to expand interprofessional teaching opportunities within the broader community and is a member of UMB’s Interprofessional Education Task Force.
Stines received her BSN from Catholic University of America in 1989. She earned her advanced practice nursing degree and doctor of nursing practice degree from the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She has a longstanding interest and expertise in the areas of childhood obesity as well as interprofessional education and practice, diversity and inclusion, and social justice. Her doctoral scholarly project, "Evaluation of a Childhood Obesity Screening Program in a Pediatric Dental Clinic," focused on the importance of collaboration in addressing the childhood obesity epidemic.