Welcome from the Section Chief, Nursing Research

Our mission is to advance health equity, nursing practice, patient care, and research across Stanford Medicine and society-at-large through leading, developing, sponsoring, and sustaining research partnerships with our PCPH Division and the larger Stanford School of Medicine, community-based organizations, nursing academia, and care delivery institutions.

Through interprofessional collaborations with Stanford Health Care and PCPH, the Nursing Research Section engages in a shared research agenda that empowers and prepares innovative health care leaders to address systematic injustices and promote a legacy of health equity. Our division’s nursing research faculty program was launched in 2017, in partnership with Nursing and Patient Care Services at Stanford Health Care (SHC) as a strategic priority. SHC continues to serve as a primary sponsor of the nursing faculty appointments and the newly launched PCPH Nursing Research Section!

  • We aim to elevate future nurse leaders driven by a passion for discovery, healthcare innovation, scientific research, and operational impact. The Nursing Research Section curriculum will prepare health care leaders for clinical and nursing research practice and operations excellence. 
  • We believe that by building alliances between our academic institution, nursing, and interprofessional researchers, and the community—we will inspire advances in health equity and research. 

Whether you are a community organization, academic nursing institution, current faculty, staff, or trainee/student at the School of Medicine or Stanford Health Care looking to collaborate, we invite you to explore with us how we can potentially work together to build mutually beneficial knowledge sharing, resources, and opportunities to improve clinical practice, patient care, and health equity.


Michelle Y. Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN
Section Chief, Nursing Research
Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Research and Health Equity
Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Primary Care and Population Health
Department of Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine