2021 McGehee Lecture - "Digital Health: From Research to Implementation," with Ryan Shaw, PhD, RN

Pinn Hall Conference Center Auditorium
November 18, 2021 12:00 PM to 12:55 PM
Organized By: Nurs-Web Calendar

"Digital Health:  From Research to Implementation" 
The 2021 McGehee Memorial Lecture, presented by Ryan J. Shaw, PhD, RN, associate professor
Duke University School of Nursing/School of Medicine  
Nov. 18, 12 PM, Pinn Hall Conference Auditorium

Dr. Shaw’s work is informed by the analysis of patients’ individual health data—gleaned from high-tech mobile devices people wear or adopt into their living environments—to improve their quality of life and outcomes in the face of chronic illness. As we know, a growing proportion of Americans is living longer and with one or more chronic illnesses. The CDC now estimates that more than half of our population (52%) suffers from at least one chronic condition—from arthritis to diabetes, COPD to cancer, asthma to kidney failure—and that more than one-quarter of us (27%) have more than one chronic illness. Recognizing the utility and importance of embracing remote and mobile personal devices, Dr. Shaw’s work is helping to ease the burden of chronic conditions.

As an alumnus of Duke’s School of Nursing where he earned his PhD, Dr. Shaw also spends time mentoring like-minded nurse scientists and innovators. In 2020, he founded the School of Nursing’s Health Innovation Lab—what he calls a “maker space”—where students and faculty can imagine, prototype, test, and refine new technology.


Dr. Shaw has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Currently, he is primary investigator or co-investigator on seven grants, including one focused on detecting COVID19, called “Covidentify”; another focused on collaborative weight loss called “Log2Lose”; and still another that aims to help Black men manage type 2 diabetes using mobile health technology.

Dr. Shaw teaches health informatics, quantitative research designs, and healthcare database systems courses in both Duke’s Schools of Nursing and Medicine. He is a member of the Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine and an associate of Duke’s Initiative for Science and Society.

The lecture is named for Catherine Strader McGehee, who earned both a BSN and an MSN from UVA and was enrolled in the School of Nursing’s PhD program when she died of breast cancer in 1999. She left behind her husband, three children, and a loving extended family, who, together with her friends and members of the BSN Class of 1975, endowed this lecture series in her name.