Brittany Koons, PhD, RN is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health Penn Nursing working with Dr. Barbara Riegel. Dr. Koons’ research and clinical expertise are in kidney, heart, and lung transplantation. Dr. Koons is a practicing clinical nurse on the Heart and Vascular Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, where she cares for cardiac surgery patients and patients pre- and post- heart and lung transplantation. Her clinical work as a nurse has instilled in her a deep understanding of the physical, psychosocial, and ethical challenges faced by transplant candidates, recipients, and their caregivers. Her clinical experiences and her personal experience of losing her father to acute organ rejection after transplant have motivated her to pursue a doctoral degree in nursing so that through her research efforts, she can make a significant impact on the health and quality of life of the transplant population. Dr. Koons aims to build a program of research in heart and lung transplantation. She is focused on patient centered outcomes, improving access to transplant services, reducing waitlist mortality, and creating research evidence to inform transplant policy and practice. Dr. Koons earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Villanova University College of Nursing. As a doctoral student, Dr. Koons was the recipient of two research grants from the American Nephrology Nurses Association and the International Transplant Nurses Society and was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar. Dr. Koons has received a Postdoctoral Fellowship award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Nursing Scholars program to support her postdoctoral position at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.