Deborah Lekan

School of Nursing; Family and Community Health

Office: 409 Moore Nursing Building

Dr. Lekan is an assistant professor of nursing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She earned a doctorate degree in nursing from UNCG, a master’s degree from Georgetown University, and a baccalaureate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is board-certified in gerontological nursing and has extensive experience and held numerous roles in clinical practice and teaching in community, hospital, and nursing home settings. She teaches gerontological nursing and nursing research and evidence-based practice in the undergraduate and doctorate of nursing practice degree programs. She has published extensively in scholarly journals on topics related to aging and health care of older adults. Her research is focused on examining frailty as a predictor of negative outcomes in hospitalized older adults. Using data extracted from hospital electronic health records, she is developing risk prediction models with an interdisciplinary data science team applying classical statistics and machine learning methods to identify individuals at high risk for adverse outcomes that have dire consequences for older adults, including longer length of stay and poorer recovery, early hospital readmission, nursing home discharge, and in-hospital mortality.