Meet the Dean

Dean Fu

Dean Mei Rosemary Fu

Mei Rosemary Fu, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, serves as the dean of the George Washington University’s School of Nursing.

As a nurse educator, Dr. Fu’s contributions in nursing education include mentorship, innovative curriculum development and implementation, as well as effective leadership in high impact national and international organizations to promote quality nursing education in oncology nursing and genomic nursing in the United States and worldwide. Dr. Fu has mentored numerous nursing students, students from a variety of disciplines (e.g., public health, engineering, statistics), junior faculty, nurses and  physicians. She has received numerous awards, including the prestigious honors of being inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International’s (STTI) International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame (2017) and receiving the Oncology Nursing Foundation Connie Henke Yarbro Excellence in Cancer Nursing Mentorship Award (2020).

Prior to joining GW Nursing, Dr. Fu was a full professor with tenure and senior associate dean for research at Rutgers University School of Nursing-Camden. She was full professor with tenure and the Inaugural Barry Family/Goldman Sachs Endowed Professor at William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College, and associate professor with tenure at New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing.

As a nurse scientist, Dr. Fu has focused her research on cancer-related pain, lymphedema, chronic illnesses, mHealth, health technology, and the intersections between chronic illnesses and social determinants of health. Reputable foundations, such as the National Institutes of Health (NCI/NINR/NIMHD), National Science Foundation, and the Oncology Nursing Foundation have recognized Dr. Fu for her years of extensive research. Dr. Fu, who is passionate about ensuring healthcare accessibility within marginalized communities, has committed to researching health disparities within Black, Asian, and Hispanic populations. She is currently funded by Oncology Nursing Foundation for research focusing on advancing health equity in Black and Hispanic women with breast cancer.

As a well-known international leader in nursing and lymphology, Dr. Fu has been an active leader in the American Academy of Nursing, serving as the leading co-chair for the Genomic Expert Panel (2016-2019). She was appointed chair for the Bylaw Committee for the American Nurses Association-New York (2016-2020) and served on the Medical Advisory Committee of the National Lymphedema Network (2008-2018). She was elected president of the Chinese American Nurses Association (2011-2013) and to the Board of Directors for the Lymphology Association of North America (chair for Bylaw Committee since 2009). She was also appointed as a member of the Steering Committee for the International and American Lymphedema Framework (chair for the research and dissemination committee) since 2009.

Dr. Fu holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nursing, and a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the University of Missouri, Columbia.