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Billy Rosa

Assistant Attending Behavioral Scientist
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. William “Billy” Rosa is an Assistant Attending Behavioral Scientist, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center and Visiting Research Scholar, University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas. He received his PhD and Master of Bioethics as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rosa completed MSK’s Hospice & Palliative Medicine Interdisciplinary Clinical Fellowship and served as Chief Fellow of MSK’s NIH/NCI T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Psychosocial, Palliative, and Community Research in Cancer. His streams of research focus on cancer pain disparities, global palliative care inequities, and LGBTQ+ inclusive palliative care communication. He is the editor of five books and has contributed more than 150 academic publications in journals and texts. He was lead researcher for the 2021 Nurses for Health Equity: Guidelines for Tackling the Social Determinants of Health policy report endorsed by the World Health Organization. 

Dr. Rosa has been recognized with numerous distinctions, including Sigma’s Research Dissertation Award, the Excellence in Oncology Nursing Health Policy and Advocacy Award from the Oncology Nursing Society, the International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care’s (IAHPC’s) Individual Recognition Award, and the Towers Pinnacle Award from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. He is a Scientific Advisory Group Member for The Lancet Commission on Cancer and Health Systems and Writing Committee Member for The Lancet Commission on Breast Cancer. Dr. Rosa serves as Associate Editor for Palliative & Supportive Care and Journal of Pain & Symptom Management. Dr. Rosa is a 2021 Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar, International Council of Nurses Global Nursing Leadership Institute Scholar, and an American Psychosocial Oncology Society Health Equity Scholar. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Hospice Palliative Nursing Association, and the New York Academy of Medicine. In 2023, he received new investigator awards from the International Psycho-Oncology Society, Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association, Eastern Nursing Research Society, and Sigma.

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