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Aliza Ben-Zacharia, PhD, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, FAAN


Assistant Professor


Telephone: 212-481-8890

Office: Brookdale Campus, W414


Aliza Ben-Zacharia is an assistant professor at the School of Nursing at Hunter College, City University of New York. Aliza has a passion for gaining a greater understanding and working toward improving the care of patients with neurological diseases. She has worked as an adult-acute nurse practitioner, a clinical nurse specialist and a staff nurse. She has been the past president of the International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN) and the associate director of the Center for Nursing Research and Innovation at Mount Sinai Hospital.

As a researcher, Aliza recognizes the talent and skillset required to leverage science to inform public policy and improve clinical practice. Aliza's current research interests involve technology use in neurology, palliative care in neurology, and the impact of environmental factors such as BMI on the progression of multiple sclerosis and on cognitive function and brain volume in patients with MS.



PhD, Nursing Science, New York University, 2020

MS, Nutrition, Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University, 2014

DNP, Nursing Education, Case Western Reserve University, 2010

Advanced Certificate, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Columbia University, 1997

MS, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Hunter College, CUNY, 1992

BSN, Nursing Science, Hebrew University Hadassah Jerusalem, Israel, 1983


Honors and Awards

2019: Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), Washington DC

2017: Cullman Family Award for Excellence in Physician/Patient Communication, Mount Sinai Hospital - Honors physicians and advanced practice providers who rank in the top 1% nationally in provider communication in 2017 as measured by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CG-CAHPS patient experience survey.

2017: Member, The New York Academy of Medicine, NY

2016: President Elect & President, The International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN)

2015: Research Award, The International Organization of Multiple Sclerosis Nurses (IOMSN)

2009: Hall of Fame Award, Health Care Professional Volunteer Award, The National MS Society

2007: Professional Education Award, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), NYC Chapter, NY

2004: Volunteer Award of Excellence: In recognition of exemplary services in the fight against MS, The National MS Society (NMSS), Mid-Jersey Chapter, NJ

2002: Recognition of Excellence Service Award: In recognition of outstanding contributions to Mount Sinai Hospital; and in appreciation for continuous excellence in leadership, compassion, and work behavior. The Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY

1995: Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Honor Society of Nursing

1994: Divisional Award for Rehabilitation expertise and for unique ability to consistently balance clinical/technical expertise with sincere compassion and a sense of humor. Award in excellence and skill performance in rehabilitation, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY


Research Areas

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