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 senior vice president and chief health equity officer for Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. She is the inaugural holder of the James R. Klinenberg, MD, and Lynn Klinenberg-Linkin Chair in Nursing. She joined Cedars-Sinai in 1971 and was named vice president of nursing in 1991 and senior vice president in 2017.

Over a career spanning more than four decades, Burnes Bolton has impacted health care policy, clinical practice, and patient care nationally while elevating the role and enhancing the professional training of nurses. Her national leadership activities have included serving as president of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the National Black Nurses Association, and the American Academy of Nursing. She served as chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Advisory Committee for Transforming Care at the Bedside and Veterans Affairs Commission on Nursing, and vice chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine. She is a trustee of Case Western Reserve University.

Burnes Bolton has received numerous honors over the years. She was named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing in 2016 and received the 2016 TRUST Award from the American Hospital Association for visionary leadership in health care. In 2015, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. She has received Lifetime Achievement awards from the National Black Nurses Association (2017) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. In 2011, Modern Healthcare magazine named her one of the top 25 women in health care.

Burnes Bolton earned a BS in nursing from Arizona State University and two master’s degrees—in nursing and in public health—and a doctorate degree in public health from UCLA. Burnes Bolton also holds an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the State University of New York.

Linda Burnes Bolton