Rita A. Frantz PhD, RN, FAAN
Rita Frantz joined the University of Iowa College of Nursing in 1972, has served several years as Professor and Chair of the Systems and Practice Area of Study, and was appointed Dean effective July 1, 2007.
Dr. Frantz's professional career spans over three decades of experience in university professorships and wound healing research. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her work in pressure ulcer prevention and treatment. For the past 25 years she has conducted a funded program of research focusing on pressure ulcers and chronic wound healing, including studies on development of valid methods of measuring wound healing, the efficacy of electrical stimulation on pressure ulcer healing, and management of infection in diabetic foot ulcers. As an extension of this work, she served as a member of multiple government and professional expert panels that have developed guidelines for prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers. She has collaborated extensively with practitioners across the state of Iowa and nationally to promote the transfer of research-based practice to care of elderly populations at risk for pressure ulcers.