Laura J. Zitella, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, AOCN® is a hematology/oncology nurse practitioner and clinical associate professor in the Department of Physiological Nursing at the University of California San Francisco. Her clinical practice has been diverse, caring for patients with hematologic and oncologic malignancies in the ambulatory setting, inpatient setting, and undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation.
During her tenure at Stanford Health Care, Laura developed the first blood and marrow transplant nurse practitioner role in the inpatient setting, the first oncology nurse practitioner role in the inpatient setting, and the first inpatient medical service of advanced practice providers responsible for the care of hospitalized patients with malignancies. She also was a strong advocate for advanced practice provider (APP) professional practice and co-founded the Stanford APP council, created an APP onboarding program, coordinated an annual APP conference, edited a quarterly APP newsletter, and served on the APP annual award committee. She was recognized for these contributions with the Inaugural Stanford Health Care APP of the Year Award in 2014.
Laura is an active member of the Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology, the Oncology Nursing Society, the California Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is a well-published author, presenter, and educator on various oncology topics, particularly hematologic malignancies, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, infection, anemia, and oncologic emergencies. She is co-editor of the textbook Hematologic Malignancies in Adults.Back to speakers