Dorrie K. Fontaine, RN, PhD, FAAN

Dr. Fontaine is the Dean of the University of Virginia School (UVA) of Nursing and Associate Chief Nursing Officer at the UVA Medical Center. Dean Dorrie Fontaine has more than 40 years experience as a critical care and trauma nurse and a distinguished record of leadership at the nation’s top nursing schools including University of Maryland, Georgetown University, and the University of California, San Francisco.

She is a tireless champion of healthy work environments, training nurses and physicians together and creating resilient nurses and healthcare leaders through compassionate care. Ten years ago, Dean Fontaine established UVA’s Compassionate Care Initiative with a goal to create compassionate leaders and systems. She believes that nurturing resilience, teaching compassion, and augmenting wisdom through mindful leadership will truly transform cultures in clinical and academic settings.

Dean Dorrie Fontaine lives in Pavilion IX, on the University of Virginia’s historic Lawn, with her husband Barry.