Associate Professor of Pediatric Nursing
Vice-Chair, Department of Family and Community Health

Sharon Y. Irving’s commitment to improving the odds of survival and healthy development for seriously ill infants and young children began with her work as a staff nurse in a neonatal intensive care unit.

As a doctoral student at Penn Nursing, Dr. Irving investigated weight change patterns in postsurgical infants with congenital heart disease in her dissertation. Today, Dr. Irving’s clinical practice and research focus on improving care delivery for critically ill infants and children through the provision of appropriate nutrition.

Through my clinical practice and my research, I strive to improve nutritional outcomes for critically ill infants and children.”


  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania , 2011
  • MSN , University of Pennsylvania , 1993
  • BSN, Marquette University, 1980