Sheila H. Ridner, PhD, MSHA, MSN, RN, ACNP


Sheila Ridner, PhD, RN, FAAN is the Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of Nursing at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee. She received her PhD in Nursing Science from Vanderbilt University in 2003 and completed her Postdoctoral Oncology Nursing Fellowship in 2005, also at Vanderbilt. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in 2000, and her Masters of Health Services Administration from the College of St. Francis Graduate School in Joliet, Illinois in 1988. Her undergraduate degree was from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky in 1978 and was a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Dr. Ridner has been active in lymphedema research since 2000, having received several grants to fund this research. Most recently, she was awarded a four year American Cancer Society grant to develop a web-based multimedia intervention to promote  adherence to lymphedema self-care in breast cancer survivors.

Foremost in Dr. Ridner's efforts has been dissemination of her findings and of lymphedema information through multiple peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and public speaking engagements. Dr. Ridner has been a member of the National Lymphedema Network since 2001. She chairs the Research Committee, and serves on the Medical Advisory Committee. She chaired the NLN subcommittee for the Lymphedema Measurement Guidelines National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and Protocol Development. Dr. Ridner  was chair of Scientific Conference Committee for NLN Conference in 2012 and is again in 2014 She is also a Board Member of  the Lymphatic Research Foundation.