Hyochol Brian Ahn, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, FAAN, is the Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Arizona. Previously, he served as the Associate Dean for Research and was the founding director for Brain Science and Symptom Management Center at the Florida State University. Prior to that, he served as the Assistant Dean for Research and held the Isla Carroll Turner Endowed Chair in Gerontological Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center.
Dr. Ahn's educational background encompasses diverse fields, including a BE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Seoul, South Korea, an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, a BSN/MSN/PhD in Nursing, and an MS in Medical Sciences, all attained from the University of Florida. He combines his expertise in nursing, medicine, and computer engineering, and uses mobile and connected computer technology to optimize delivering home-based nonpharmacological intervention and improve patient-centered outcomes in chronically ill and aging populations, especially among underserved populations.
His research has been continuously funded since 2011, including an NIH/NINR R01 award as PI, and has produced more than 180 peer-reviewed publications and scientific presentations related to healthcare technology, health equity, symptom science, and population health and wellness. His contributions extend beyond academia as he has served on numerous grant review panels for esteemed institutions such as the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he had the privilege of chairing some of these panels. Furthermore, he actively serves on the editorial boards of various esteemed journals, including the Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal (APINJ) as the Editor-In-Chief.
As an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and nationally board-certified Nurse Practitioner recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Dr. Ahn actively contributes to the development of curriculum in his role. He plays a pivotal part in the restructuring of the curriculum, placing emphasis on problem-solving and team-based approaches. Additionally, he incorporates online learning methods to complement early clinical exposure. Adhering to the guidelines set by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Dr. Ahn provides invaluable support to faculty members in adapting educational models and ensuring adherence to accreditation standards as outlined by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. With his Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education, he takes the lead in spearheading the creation of innovative strategies aimed at expanding programs to meet the growing demand for highly skilled nurses. Furthermore, he actively cultivates and nurtures professional partnerships with healthcare and community organizations. Dr. Ahn's dedication to advancing Bachelor of Science in Nursing and gerontological nursing education has been recognized with the esteemed Distinguished Educator Certificate in Gerontological Nursing from the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence.