Linda Burnes-Bolton DrPH, RN, FAAN

Dr. Linda Burnes-Bolton is Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Chief Health Equity Officer and the inaugural holder of the James R. Klinenberg, MD, and Lynne Klinenberg-Linkin Chair in Nursing. She joined Cedars-Sinai in 1971 and was named vice president of nursing in 1991. 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. Previously she served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive for Cedars-Sinai in addtion to her national leadership activities, which include serving as president of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the National Black Nurses Association, and the American Academy of Nursing. 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. Most notably, 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. 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.