Alumni Achievement Citation

Current Recipient

Barbara J. Braden, Ph.D, SJN'66, BSN'73

Dr. Braden was honored during the morning Commencement Ceremony on May 18, 2013

Since her graduation from nursing school in 1966, Dr. Barbara Braden, through consistent, excellent and sustained scholarship, has established an international reputation as a researcher of the first rank, placing her among those who can say that their contributions to the field have improved the quality of life of literally millions of people.

Long before anyone had coined the words “clinical translational research,” Dr. Braden developed a tool to assess the risk for skin breakdown in elderly and bedridden patients, to reduce the pain, suffering and expense associated with patient care. The assessment tool she introduced in 1987 was known for incorporating diverse risk factors under broad concepts that combined ease of use with accuracy in prediction in all levels of healthcare facilities. Its success was immediate and indisputable, and it was readily implemented in hospitals, home care agencies and nursing homes around the world.

Today, it is commonly recognized that preventing pressure ulcers is a significant strategy to lowering cost and suffering through prevention. Dr. Braden’s lifelong career of testing and measuring the success of her pioneering tool – now known the world over as the Braden Scale – has become a key measure of quality care in hospital and long-term care settings.

Recognition for Dr. Braden’s work abounds. As a doctoral student at the University of Texas, Austin, her dissertation won top honors among all dissertations, all graduates, all disciplines. The University of California San Francisco honored her as one of its all-time Top 100 alumni. The Wound Care and Ostomy Nursing Society named their keynote address the Braden Lecture. Cleveland Clinic, Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospitals, Duke University Hospitals, Hill-Rom Inc., and the countries of Canada, Japan and Singapore have sought her consultation. In 2001, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel in LeMans, France.

In recognition of her significant contributions to healthcare, Creighton University is pleased to award Barbara J. Braden, Ph.D., the Alumni Achievement Citation.


Previous Recipient

John P. Curtin, BS’75, MD’79, MBA

Dr. John P. Curtin is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology, surgeon, writer and lecturer of international renown whose lengthy tenure in academic medicine has promoted high-quality, comprehensive clinical care in the field of gynecologic cancer and surgery, garnering Dr. Curtin the respect of peers and patients along the way.

Following teaching assignments at the University of Minnesota Medical School, the University of Southern California and Cornell University Medical College, Dr. Curtin has gone on to become Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Education at the New York University (NYU) Cancer Institute. He also serves as Director of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the NYU School of Medicine. He is a board examiner with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and served as the 43rd president of the Gynecologic Surgeon’s Society – the first Creighton University School of Medicine graduate to have served in this prestigious position.

Dr. Curtin’s academic career is decorated with teaching awards and research grants in excess of $2 million. He served as the principal investigator of the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program, overseeing the development and uses of antibodies in epithelial ovarian cancer. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles and is a reviewer for numerous medical journals. On more than 95 occasions he has presented at major medical congresses and lectured at universities throughout the world.

Dr. Curtin has admirably and diligently pursued his life’s work of preventing and treating gynecologic cancer. In the spirit of his Catholic, Jesuit education, he has lived his life as a person for others – selflessly pursuing advancements that will improve women’s health and extend their lives.

In recognition of his contributions to humanity, the University is pleased to award John P. Curtin, M.D., the Creighton University Alumni Achievement Citation this twelfth day of May, two-thousand and twelve.

Criteria for the Award

  • Being a degreed alumnus/alumna of Creighton University.
  • Having provided distinguished service to his/her community, to the state, to learning, or mankind; to the arts, to the sciences, or by constructive philanthropy or some other outstanding public service.
  • Reflecting honor on his/her Alma Mater through a manifestation of intellectual ability which would suggest his/her recognition by this University.
  • Manifesting such qualities in his/her personal life that would mark him/her as cultured and of high moral principles guided by the Jesuit ideals of being men and wome n for others.


  • When completing questions 1 and 2 on the nomination form, it is critical that nominators provide specific examples of how the nominee meets the criteria for this citation.
  • A supporting resume/curriculum vitae must accompany the nomination.
  • Up to three letters of support will be accepted.

The Alumni Achievement Citation may be granted at Commencement, or at any regular or designated convocation of the total University.