Associate Professor

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Office: 4007
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Dr. Leslie Davis is an Associate Professor of the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill where in addition to conducting research she teaches in the graduate nursing program and maintains a part-time nurse practitioner practice with the Division of Cardiology. Dr. Davis is a fellow in the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Heart Association, and the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association. She is also a certified hypertension clinician through the American Society of Hypertension. As a clinician, she focuses her care on adults with hypertension, heart failure, and acute coronary syndromes. Her research interests include self-care and symptom management with women who have experienced cardiovascular conditions. Currently, she is testing an individualized education and skill-building intervention to improve symptom recognition, interpretation, and care-seeking behavior in those hospitalized for a heart attack.

Dr. Davis is an Associate Editor for the Journal for Nurse Practitioners where she also served as guest editor for two special cardiovascular editions (2013 and 2019). In addition to editing her own book, Cardiovascular Nursing Secrets (2004), she has authored/coauthored 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals including three ACC expert consensus documents, 12 book chapters, and other scholarly products. Dr. Davis has participated as an invited expert in Heart House Roundtables and served as faculty and chair of work groups and various CME events on heart-related topics. Dr. Davis was awarded the 2021 Distinguished Associate Award by the ACC in May of 2021.

Education, training, and certification: RN, BSN: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1981 – 1985; MSN: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1986 – 1989; Post-Master’s Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate, Cardiology S­pecialty, 1998 – 2000; Board Certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner Certified Specialist: 2000 – present; PhD: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2006-2011; Post-Doctoral Certificate in Qualitative Research Methods: 2014; Certified Hypertension Clinician: 2016 – present