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Vinciya Pandian

Associate Dean of Graduate Education Professor of Nursing



Dr. Vinciya Pandian serves as the Associate Dean for Graduate Education at the Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing. Internationally renowned for her research and leadership in tracheostomy care, her work aims to enhance the quality of life for mechanically ventilated patients. Recently, she completed an R01 study investigating laryngeal injury post-extubation. Currently funded by AHRQ, she leads the establishment of the Center for Immersive Learning and Digital Innovation: A Patient Safety Learning Lab. This initiative leverages innovative technology to mitigate central line-associated bloodstream infections. Dr. Pandian’s research extends globally, with collaborative projects in Nigeria, India, and Portugal. Passionate about mentorship, Dr. Pandian guides students and faculty in nursing, medicine, and speech-language pathology to conduct impactful research and disseminate their findings. She holds leadership positions including Vice-President of the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative, Immediate Past President of the Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Nurses, Vice-President of the Baltimore Chapter Society of Critical Care Medicine, and Vice-President of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nu Beta at-large chapter.

Research Interests

  • Tracheostomy care and management
  • Patient safety and quality of life
  • Immersive learning and digital innovation
  • Interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration
  • Global health
  • Curriculum development
  • Professional competence


  • PhD in Nursing, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD
  • MSN, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD
  • MBA, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
  • BSN, College of Nursing, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Honors and Awards

2024 Lionel Colledge Lectureship Medal, ENT-UK, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland

2023 Lifetime Achievement Award for lifelong commitment to building a stronger nation through volunteer service, The AmeriCorps and the Office of the President of the United States, Washington DC

2023 Excellence In Service, Research, and Education (EISRE), Vellore Christian Medical College Foundation, Rochester, MN

2023 Excellence in Research Mentoring, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD

2023 Fellow of Critical Care Medicine, for commitment to the ideals and practice of interprofessional critical care, American College of Critical Care Medicine, San Francisco, CA

2022 Fulbright Specialist, U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and World Learning


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Nese College of Nursing named a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence