Linda Burnes Bolton

Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, was elected to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees in January 2012.

Nursing leader Burnes Bolton is system chief nursing executive and vice president for nursing at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, Calif. She is one of the principal investigators at The Burns and Allen Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai.

Burnes Bolton is a past president of the American Academy of Nursing, National Black Nurses Association, and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She also is a member of the American Nurses Association, Association of California Nurse Leaders, American Public Health Association, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, and National Black Nurses Foundation. She has served as a trustee at Case Western Reserve University since 2006.

Burnes Bolton has held other board and officer positions for several national organizations and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Distinguished Alumnae Award from Arizona State University. In 2009 she was appointed vice chair of the Institute of Medicine Commission on the Future of Nursing. In 2011 she was named one of the top 25 women in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine and one of the top 10 health care executives by the Los Angeles Business Journal. An endowed nursing leadership scholarship in her name was established in 2011 at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Nursing. An endowed chair in nursing was established in 2016, and she is the first holder of the James Klinenberg, MD, and Lynn Klinenberg-Linkin Chair in Nursing. Burnes Bolton also holds positions as an associate clinical professor of nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, and University of California, Los Angeles.

After receiving an undergraduate degree in nursing from Arizona State University, Burnes Bolton received two master’s degrees—in maternal child health and population health—and a doctorate in population health and behavioral science, from the University of California, Los Angeles. She received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Syracuse in May 2015.