Sharon Hewner PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Sharon Hewner is an Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo, School of Nursing, SUNY. She has a PhD in Medical Anthropology, a MS in Gerontological Nursing and has been a RN for 40 years. During her career Sharon has practiced in intensive care, acute care, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, home care, hospice care, and managed care organizations. Based on her fieldwork in the United States, China and the Philippines, Sharon developed a model of household production of health. Prior to her current position, she worked for 10 years as the Population Health Analyst at a regional managed care organization where she developed the COMPLEXedex clinical algorithm to divide the population into segments for risk-stratified care management. This algorithm was used to analyze the return-on-investment of new models of care delivery and supported a transition to population-based nurse care management teams who made outreach calls to patients newly discharged from the hospital. Sharon’s current research, funded by an AHRQ R21 grant, focuses on providing critical information to nurses in primary care to coordinate transitional care.