Jihane Hajj

Jihane Hajj, DrNP, ACNP-BC

  • Associate Professor

Affiliated Programs


  • DrNP, Nursing (2014)
    Drexel University (PA)
  • MSN, Nursing - adult acute care nurse practitioner (2007)
    Drexel University (PA)
  • BS, Nursing (2002)
    American University of Beirut

About Me

I serve as an assistant professor in Nursing, teaching at the sophomore, junior, and senior levels. I also serve as a nurse practitioner in preventive cardiology and lipidology at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. My role as a provider in the clinic is to assess and evaluate all aspects of cardiovascular risk especially in patients with a family history of heart disease or who have unique risk factors such as radiation therapy. My focus in clinical is to help patients reduce all modifiable risk factors of stroke and heart attack.

Research Interests

My research interest is in the area of radiation vasculopathy. We recently completed our retrospective research study on head and neck cancer patients who received radiation therapy to the head and neck. After analyzing our medical records, the majority of patients were at high risk of cardiovascular events. More information on this work: "Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Measurement Promises to Improve Cardiovascular Risk Evaluation in Head and Neck Cancer Patients." Our future plan in this field to explore biomarkers of atherosclerosis in setting of radiation therapy among head and neck cancer patients.

Media Expertise

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurocritical
  • Preventive cardiology
  • General cardiology
  • Heart failure



Da, L., DiMeglio M., DiMartino, M., Hajj, J., Mukhanova, M., Rai, K., Winikor, M. &
Laudanski, K. (2019). Implications of Chronic Opioid Therapy on Perioperative
Complications and Long-Term Surgical Recovery. Translational Perioperative
and Pain Medicine 6(4), 120-128. Doi: 10.31480/2330-4871/099.

DiMeglio, M., Furey, W., Hajj, J., Lindekens, J., Patel, S., Acker, M., Bavaria, J., Szeto,
W. Y., Atluri, P., Haber, M., Diaz-Arrastia, R. & Laudanski, K. (2019).
           Observational study of long-term persistent elevation of neurodegeneration
markers after cardiac surgery. Scientific Reports, 9 (7177).

Dohlman, L., DiMeglio, M., Hajj, J. & Laudanski, K. (2019). Global brain drain: How can
the Maslow Theory of Motivation improve our understanding of physician
migration. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16
          (7), 1182. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16071182

Hajj, J., Blaine, N., Salavaci, J. & Jacoby, D. (2018). The “centrality of sepsis”: A review
on incidence, mortality, and cost of care. Healthcare, 6 (90).
Hajj, J., Laudanski, K. (2017). Home hemodialysis (HHD) Treatment as Effective Yet
Underutilized Treatment Modality in the United States. Healthcare, 5(4).
doi: 10.3390/healthcare5040090.

Hajj, J. (2016). Reflective Response: Interdisciplinary and Interprofessional Collaboration: Essential for the Doctoral Advance Practice Nurse. In H. M. Dreher & M. E. Smith Glasgow, Role development for doctoral advanced nursing practice. Springer Publishing Company

Jacoby, D., Hajj, J., Javaheri, A., Degoma, E., Lin, A., Ahn, P. & quon, H. (2015).
Carotid Intima Media Thickness Measurement Promises to Improve
Cardiovascular Risk Evaluation in Head and Neck Cancer Patients. Clinical Cardiology, 38 (5), 280-284.

Hajj, J. (2011). Research Misconduct: Exploring Its Causes, Management, and
Implications for Nursing. In M. Smith Glasgow, H.M. Dreher, & C. Oxholm, Legal
issues confronting today’s nursing faculty: A case-study approach. Philadelphia,
PA: F.A. Davis Publishing Company.


Hajj, J. (2019, November). Clinical Decision-Making Styles of Undergraduate Nursing Students: A Multi-Site Study. Oral presentation at the 45th Biennial Convention at Sigma Theta Tau International. International
Karima, R., Mukhanova, M., Liu, D., DiMeglio, M., Hajj, J., Laudanski, K. (2019, November). MDP165 - Long Term Alterations in Reactivity of Circulating Monocytes after Elective Heart Surgery. American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. International. 
Sheth, S., Williamson, L.,Chen, J., Staszak, D., Webb, G.,  Risman, M., Borovskiy, Y., Hossain, E., Hajj, J., Diu, K., Larsen, J., Boring, J.,  Mays, C., Howard, W., Zuzick, D., Bajaj, A., Soffer, D., Cuchel, M., Gidding, S., Wilemon, K. Rader, D., Myers, K., Jacoby, D. (2019, November). MDP175 - Implementation Of Flag, Identify, Network, Deliver: Find FH Using The Electronic Medical Record To Identify Familial Hypercholesterolemia Within A Single Healthcare System. American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. International
Liu, D., Mukhanova, M., Hajj, J., DiMeglio, M., Laudanski, K. (2019, November). Su1053 - Prolonged T Cell Dysfunction After Elective Cardiac Surgery. American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. International.
Hajj, J., Dimeglio, M. & Laudanski, K. (2019, February). Exploring the Effect of Risk-Taking, Stress of Uncertainty on the Different Clinical Decision-Making Styles in End-of-Life situations. poster Presentation at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 2019 Critical Care Congress. National.
Hajj, J (2017, October). Achieving Cholesterol Management Goals: Identifying Clinician-Centered Challenges to Optimal Patient Care. Oral presentation at the 44th Biennial Convention at Sigma Theta Tau International. International
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Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Academy of Nurse Practitioner
Sigma Theta Tau International 


Duke – Johnson & Johnson Nursing Leadership Program Fellow: 2019-2020
Excellence in Research Award, Eta Beta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
International, April 2019
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society: $1000 research grant
Excellence in Clinical Practice Award, Eta Beta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau
International, April 2017
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, inducted 2005
Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) County District 1: $1000 award
toward clinical dissertation project, 2011.

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