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Sarah M. Fitz, DNP

Clinical Assistant Professor

Specialty Director: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program

Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Building & Room:

624 NURS


845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612

Office Phone:

(312) 996-4299


Sarah Fitz obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice at UIC College of Nursing.  She is an adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with experience in advanced lung disease, pulmonary transplant, and hospital medicine.  Her doctoral work centered around quality improvement initiatives to improve the hospital discharge process and prevent readmissions among lung transplant recipients.  Areas of interest include diversity, equity, and inclusion, quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and acute care.  Dr. Fitz is currently the chair of UIC College of Nursing Equity and Inclusion Committee.


Selected Grants

HRSA, Erie Advancing Practice Fellowship, Health Education Specialist

Selected Publications

Fitz, S.M., Diegel-Vacek, L., Mahoney, E. (2020) Implementing an evidence-based discharge bundle for lung transplant recipients. Progress in Transplantation. 30(3):281-285.

Fitz, S. M., Sparbel, K. J. H., Rosenberger, K. D., & Corbridge, S. J. (2020). Fostering professionalism in doctor of nursing practice students. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 10(5), 56-62.

Professional Leadership

Chair, UIC College of Nursing Equity and Inclusion Committee

Notable Honors

2022, Barbara Berger Award for Excellence in Teaching, UIC College of Nursing Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science

2018, DAISY Award for Excellence in Nursing Education, The DAISY Foundation


2008 Master of Science in Nursing, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
2019 Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing

Licensures and Certifications

APRN - Illinois

RN - Illinois

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - American Nurses Credentialing Center Board Certification


Professional Memberships

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties

Sigma Theta Tau

Selected Presentations

2021 Academy for Professionalism in Health Care Conference, Enhancing Professionalism and Interpersonal Trust in the Health Professions in a Time of Crisis (Virtual podium)

2020 Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference: Implementing an Evidence-Based Discharge Bundle for Lung Transplant Patients (Virtual poster)

2019 Helene Fuld Evidence-Based Practice Summit: Implementing an Evidence-Based Discharge Bundle for Lung Transplant Patients (Podium)


Research Currently in Progress

Oral Care and Nonventilator Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia (Evidence-Based Practice Initiative)