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Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN
Senior Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer

Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, leads the delivery of high-quality nursing care for our patients and the development and support of the professional practice of nursing at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, our ambulatory care clinics, the Medical Network and Marina Del Rey Hospital, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai. The inaugural holder of the James R. Klinenberg, MD, and Lynne Klinenberg-Linkin Chair in Nursing, she joined Cedars-Sinai in 1976 and was named vice president of nursing in 1991.

Dr. Burnes Bolton is co-investigator of the regional Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes research team. She also participates in Cedars-Sinai’s efforts to improve community health and increase access to care for the underserved.

Over a career spanning more than four decades, Dr. Burnes Bolton has impacted healthcare policy, clinical practice and patient care nationally while elevating the role and enhancing the professional training of nurses. Her national leadership activities have included serving as president of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the National Black Nurses Association and the American Academy of Nursing. She served as chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Advisory Committee for Transforming Care at the Bedside and Veteran Affairs Commission on Nursing and vice chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine. She is a trustee of Case Western Reserve University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Dr. Burnes Bolton has received numerous honors over the years. She was named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing in 2016 and received the 2016 TRUST Award from the American Hospital Association for visionary leadership in healthcare. In 2015, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine and was awarded an honorary doctor of science from the State University of New York. She has received lifetime achievement awards from the National Black Nurses Association and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. In 2011, Modern Healthcare magazine named her one of the top 25 women in healthcare.

Dr. Burnes Bolton earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Arizona State University and a master of science degree in nursing and public health and a doctorate degree in public health from UCLA.