Dr. Faith Mutale is a Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializing in Head & Neck and Thoracic malignancies (AIRWAYS) in Medical Oncology, since 2004. In this position, she has developed an autonomous practice managing complex diagnoses with a focus on mitigating treatment-related toxicities and a survivorship follow-up clinic for patients who have completed cancer treatment. Dr. Mutale participates in relevant nursing meetings and conferences to advance practice and has lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to Head & Neck and Thoracic malignancies, treatment, and symptom management as well as issues related to disparities in cancer care with a focus on diversity and inclusion of minorities in cancer clinical trials. Her work appears in peer reviewed journals and includes a recent editorial opinion in The Journal of Advanced Practice Provider Oncology (JADPRO, NOV 22), on disparities in cancer clinical trials. Her other work includes book chapters with the most recent publication in the fourth edition of the Clinical Manual for the Oncology Advanced Practice.

Dr. Mutale obtained her Master’s, Post-Master’s, and Doctorate degrees at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Her bachelor’s degree of Science in Nursing is from Eastern University in Saint David’s, PA. She is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of nursing where she lectures on Head & Neck Cancer in the master’s Oncology Program and on diagnosis and nursing care of patients with superior vena cava syndrome for students in the ‘Cancer Case Study’ course, as part of the oncology emergency lecture series. Dr. Mutale has also maintained an active clinical instructor role for junior and senior nursing students during their acute gerontology clinical rotation. In this course, she integrates course objectives, lab and didactic content into students’ clinical experiences and foster students’ critical thinking skills to solve problems. Last but not least, Dr. Mutale maintains a preceptor role for NP students from the University of Pennsylvania School of nursing. In 2021 she received the ‘Preceptor of the year’ award by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, for outstanding mentorship.

Most recently, Dr. Mutale accepted the position of Clinical Coordinator in the Adult Oncology Specialty Minor and Certificate Program. In addition to the aforementioned, Dr. Mutale actively participates in multidisciplinary initiatives at the Abramson Cancer Center focused on improving equity and patient outcomes as well as other national health initiatives focused on reducing cancer disparities.

Teaching provides me with an opportunity to positively impact the next generation of nurses.


  • DNP, University of Pennsylvania,
  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania,
  • BSN, Eastern University,


My work contributes to developing a new generation of nurses and nurse leaders that understand the complexities of several healthcare challenges and the critical role of nursing. Not only is the 21st century nurse expected to lead but also to develop meaningful strategies to the current challenges in healthcare.