Sheldon D. Fields, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, With more than 25 years of experience in nursing, research, higher education, and health policy analysis, Sheldon D. Fields, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, served as dean of the School of Health Professions until August 2018.

Fields received his Ph.D. in nursing science from the University of Pennsylvania and M.S. and B.S. degrees in nursing from Binghamton (N.Y.) University. He also completed post-doctoral studies at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, and earned a Legal Nurse Consultant certificate from the University of Rochester. He is a nationally board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and an advanced HIV/AIDS certified registered nurse.

Prior to joining NYIT, Fields served as chief wellness officer, dean, and professor of the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, California (2015 – 2016). From 2011 to 2015, he was assistant dean of clinical affairs and health policy, associate professor of nursing, and co-director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program in the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He also has held faculty positions at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) School of Nursing and Binghamton University. Fields’s extensive research on HIV prevention and treatment among black men has spanned decades, resulting in an impressive record of conference and poster presentations, scholarly articles, book chapters, seminars, invited lectures, webinars, and newspaper articles, as well as radio and television appearances.

In addition to his academic and research accomplishments, Fields was the first ever male registered nurse selected for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship Program. As a fellow, he worked in Washington, D.C. for United States Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions—Subcommittee on Aging during the historic healthcare reform debates and 2009-10 passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Fields’s professional contributions have been recognized with inductions as a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners; the National Academies of Practice—Nursing Academy; and the American Academy of Nursing. He is a lifetime member of the National Black Nurses Association and a former national director of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC).

Recent Projects/Research

  • Protocol Team Member: A Phase 2b/3 Double Blind Safety and Efficacy Study of  Injectable Cabotegravir Compared to Daily Oral Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate/Emtricitabine (TDF/FTC), For Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis in HIV Uninfected Cisgender Men and Transgender Women who have Sex with Men (NIH – DAIDS /NIAID, $100 million, HPTN -083)
  • Primary Investigator: The Health Effect, Health Foundation of South Florida 
  • Protocol Co-Chair: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Initiation and Adherence among Black Men who have Sex with Men  (BMSM) in Three U.S. Cities, (NIH - DAIDS/NIAID/NIDA 2/13- $8 million, HPTN 073)
  • Consultant: Structural barriers to HIV prevention and treatment service utilization Among Black MSM  in DC (The PRISM Study: Pursuing Real and Innovative ideas to remove Structural barriers for Men)
  • Co-investigator: Kumasi & Accra Project to Grand Challenges Canada Prevent AIDS (KAPPA)
  • Protocol Team Member, & Black Caucus Chair: Feasibility of a community-level, multi-component intervention for Black MSM in preparation for a Phase IIB community-level randomized trial to test the efficacy of the intervention in reducing HIV incidence among Black MSM  (HPTN-061)

Recent Publications or Presentations

  • Chen, I., Connor, M. B., Clarke, W., Marzinke, M. A., Cummings, V., Breaud, A., Fogel, J. M., Laeyendecker, O., Fields, S. D., Donnell, D., Griffith, S., Scott, H. M., Shoptaw, S., del Rio, C., Magnus, M., Mannheimer, S., Wheeler, D. P., Mayer, K., Koblin, B., & Eshleman, S. H. (2015). Antiretroviral drug use and HIV drug resistance among HIV-infected Black men who have sex with men: HIV Prevention Trials Network 061. JAIDS 69(4), 446-452.
  • Williams, J. K., Wilton, L., Magnus, M., Wang, L., Wang, J., Penniman-Dyer, T., Koblin, B., Hucks-Ortiz, C., Fields, S. D., Shoptaw, S., Stephenson, R., O’Cleirigh, C., & Cummings, V. (2015). Relation of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Intimate Partener Violence, and Depression to Risk Factors for HIV Among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men in 6 US Cities. American Journal of Public Health 105(12), 2473-2481. 
  • Levy, M. E., Watson, C. C., Glick, S. N., Kuo, I., Wilton, L., Brewer, R., Fields, S. D., Criss, V., & Magnus., M. (2016). Receipt of HIV Prevention Interventions is more Common in Community-Based Clinics than in Primary Care or Acute Care Settings for Black Men who have Sex with Men in the District of Columbia. Aids Care 28 (5), 660-664. 
  • Chen, I., Huang, W., Connor, M. B., Frantzell, A., Cumminings, V., Beauchamp, G. G., Griffith, S., Fields, S. D., Scott, H. M., Shoptaw, S., del Rio, C., Magnus, M., Mannheimer, S., Van Tieu, H., Wheeler, D. P., Mayer, K. H., Koblin, B. A., & Eshleman, S. H. (2016). CXCR4-using HIV variants in a cohort of Black men who have sex with men: HIV Prevention Trials Network 061. HIV Clinical Trials 17(4), 158 – 164.
  • Latkin, C., Van Tieu, H., Fields, S. D., Hanscom, B. S., Connor, M., Hanscom, B., Hussen, S. A., Scott, H. M., Mimiaga, M. J., Wilton, L., Magnus, M., Chen, I., & Koblin, B. A. (2016). Social Network Factors as Correlates and Predictors of High Depressive Symptoms Among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men in HPTN 061. AIDS and Behavior (On line August 1, 2016).
  • Orta, R., Messmer, P. R., Valdes, G. R., Turkel, M., Fields, S. D., & Wei, C. C. (2016). Knowledge and Competency of Nursing Faculty Regarding Evidence-Based Practice. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing 47(19), 409 – 419.
  • Chen, I., Chau, G., Wang, J., Clarke, W., Marzinke, M. A., Cummings, V., Breaud, A., Laeyendecker, O., Fields, S. D., Griffith, S., Scott, H. M., Shoptaw, S., del Rio, C., Magnus, M., Mannheimer, S., Tieu, H. V., Wheeler, D. P., Mayer, K. H., Koblin, B. A., & Eshleman, S.H. (2016). Analysis of HIV Diversity in HIV-Infected Black Men Who Have Sex with Men (HPTN 061). PLoS ONE 11(12): e0167629.

Honors & Awards

  • Helen Miramontes Advocacy Award, Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 2016  
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), 2016
  • Gerald A. Ludd Lifetime Award for Excellence  in Support of HIV/AIDS and Community Service, NAESM, Inc., 2010  
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-Health Policy Fellowship, 2009 - 2011
  • American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, 2009 – 2010
  • Rochester’s Emerging African-American Leaders Under 40, 2008
  • Outstanding Scholarly Practitioner Award, Democrat and Chronicle Newspaper, 2007
  • University of Rochester School of Nursing Association of Nurses in AIDS Care President’s Award, 2006
  • Heart of MOCHA Stewardship Award, 2006
  • Paul “Pat” Burdick Award-Strong Health, Exemplary care for patients with AIDS, University of Rochester Medical Center, 2003

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