Suha Ballout, PhD, RN is an assistant professor at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. Ballout earned her BSN and MSN from the American University of Beirut (AUB), Beirut, Lebanon in 2000 and 2007 respectively. In 2006, she attended Johns Hopkins University to complete her clinical residency as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). Most of her clinical experience has been at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, Lebanon where she assumed a variety of roles including RN, Clinical Educator, ant others in different areas such as medical, surgical, oncology, OB/GYN, oncology, BMT, and psych in-patient units. She was also involved in the successful Magnet journey by assuming the role of Magnet Awareness Coordinator, Magnet Writer, and others. Also, during her roles she was involved with a variety of projects, Joint Commission International accreditation, and quality improvement activities. In 2013, Suha graduated with her PhD in Nursing from Florida International University (FIU), Miami, Florida. During her doctoral studies, Suha focused on gender issues, masculine norms, ethnic diversity, men’s health, and chronic conditions.
Building on her international experience, Dr. Ballout’s program of research is to contribute to ensuring health equity and enhancing the quality of life in diverse persons with chronic illnesses and their families. Dr. Ballout is very interested and actively engaged in working on advancing and enhancing the health and access to healthcare of LGBT individuals with a focus on preventing and managing chronic conditions in diverse individuals. Currently, she is working on projects with the LGBT community in Boston, Massachusetts focusing on projects with transgender individuals. Joining the LebMash board is a great opportunity for Dr. Ballout to be engaged in projects to enhance general and sexual health of LGBT individuals with a minor focus on including nursing students and nurses in the conversation.
Dr. Ballout also has extensive teaching experience in online, simulation, and ground courses in the undergraduate and graduate nursing program. As an educator, she uses technology and active learning strategies to enhance student learning and engagement. She is also a reviewer and editorial board member of Nursing and Health Sciences and Journal of Nurses in AIDS Care. Dr. Ballout is a board member of various chapters of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing, and is a member of Nurses in AIDS Care, Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and other professional organizations. Dr. Ballout is also a board member of the Multicultural AIDS Coalition in Boston, Massachusetts.