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

Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, is Cedars-Sinai's inaugural senior vice president and chief health equity officer. Dr. Burnes Bolton, the inaugural holder of the James R. Klinenberg, MD, and Lynn Klinenberg Linkin Chair in Nursing, was named vice president of nursing in 1991. In June 2019, she retired from the role of senior vice president and chief nurse executive and assumed her current role.

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 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, 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. 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 degree from the State University of New York. She is the recipient of two additional lifetime achievement awards from the National Black Nurses Association and the American Organization for Nurse Leaders.

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