by Isabela Page

A nursing graduate of Liceo de Cagayan University Batch 1992 has recently been named as Fellow to the American Academy of Nursing. Leorey Saligan, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN hails from Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro but is based in Maryland for more than 20 years now and got married just recently with his longtime partner. His parents, Pantaleon and Gloria Nagac Saligan were present during his conferment.

The Academy has been established in 1964 by the American Nurses Association to highlight the work of exemplary nurses around the world in advancing the nursing profession and health policy. Since 1964, there are only 15 Filipino nurses inducted into the Academy. One has to be nominated to be considered for selection. Dr. Saligan was nominated based on his expertise in symptoms research.

Details taken from http://irp.nih.gov, Dr. Saligan received his Ph.D. in Nursing from Hampton University. In 2007, he joined the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) as a post-doctoral fellow within the Symptoms Management Branch, where he became a Lead Associate Investigator of a clinical trial involving individuals with fibromyalgia. In 2009, he became an Assistant Clinical Investigator and Principal Investigator of several clinical protocols, including:

  • Investigating Molecular-Genetic Correlates of Fatigue Experienced by Cancer Patients Receiving Treatment (11-NR-0014)
  • Molecular-Genetic Correlates of Fatigue in Cancer Patients Receiving Localized External Beam Radiation Therapy (09-NR-0088)
  • Fatigue in Healthy Individuals (09-NR-0131), and
  • Evaluation and Diagnosis of Potential Research Subjects with Pain and Fatigue Syndromes (08-NR-0132).

Dr. Saligan became a tenure-track investigator in 2012 and expanded his research program to investigate the bio-behavioral mechanisms of fatigue. He also serves as an officer within the United States Public Health Service and as a nurse practitioner with the Washington, D.C. Service Access Team.

photo from http://phs-nurse.org/

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