AnnMarie Lee Walton is an Assistant Professor at the Duke University School of Nursing.
Dr. Walton’s research and advocacy have centered on minimizing occupational exposure to known carcinogens, especially exposure to antineoplastic drugs for healthcare workers. Her research was the first to focus on Nursing Assistants who have routine exposure to the contaminated bodily fluids of patients and limited education and training on safe handling. She was central to the passage of legislation that mandated compliance with safe handling in North Carolina. She serves the Oncology Nursing Society as a member of the Hazardous Drug Safe Handling Workgroup and was the nursing lead for the most recent Joint Position Statement with the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association on Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs. Dr. Walton has disseminated her research findings and her learned experience of advocacy at national and international conferences, through media interviews, peer-reviewed publications, legislative briefings, and educational sessions with community members and healthcare providers. Her outstanding contributions to nursing have been honored with recognition as a Breakthrough Leader in Nursing by the Center to Champion Nursing in America and the Oncology Nursing Society Excellence in Health Policy and Advocacy Award.
Dr. Walton completed her BS in Community Health Education at the University of Maryland at College Park, her MPH and BSN at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She later earned her PhD at the University of Utah and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.