Susan Lee, PhD, RN, CNP, ACHPN, FAAN

Susan Lee, PhD, RN, CNP, ACHPN, FAAN

CEO, Global Partners in Nursing 

Clinical Professor, Graduate Program Director, University of Massachusetts Boston


Educational and professional experience


  • Caritas Scholar, Watson Caring Science Institute 
  • Board Certified Nurse Practitioner in Hospice and Palliative Care
  • PhD, Boston College 
  • Board Certified Nurse Practitioner in Family Practice 
  • Inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2017 
Current teaching and research interests

Susan Lee, PhD, RN, CNP, ACHPN, FAAN is an American nursing leader with over 40 years’ experience as a clinician, educator, author, and researcher. Prior to becoming a family nurse practitioner, Lee was a critical care nurse, always having a special interest in geriatrics.

After receiving her PhD from Boston College, Lee became a nurse scientist at MGH where she received over $3 million in workforce funding in geropalliative care, evidence-based practice, and ethics bringing needed skills to nurses involved in aggressive EOL care. In 2010, she received funding to take her geropalliative nurse residency program, AgeWISE, to 13 additional Magnet-designated hospitals in the US. AgeWISE was the first primary palliative education program in the nation to advanced nurses’ understanding of the needs of older patients and families. She later developed the Lee Geropalliative Caring Model to guide the care of older people in the last year of life. She was on the inaugural palliative care team at South Shore Hospital as well as the esteemed palliative care service at Hebrew Senior Life, where she helped integrate the Serious Illness Conversation Guide into practice. In 2018, she traveled to Peru where she helped design palliative care training in the university setting. For her accomplishments in palliative care, Lee was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2017.