George W. Thorn Award

George W. Thorn Award winner Kimberley S. Ennis
Kimberley S. Ennis, MS ’07, BS ’05.

Kimberley S. Ennis, MS ’07, BS ’05 

A transformational leader, Ennis leverages her leadership, mentoring, clinical practice skills and life experiences to impact lives and influence up cominggenerations of nurses.

As the nurse executive site leader for nursing and patient care services at NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital in New York City, Ennis oversees operations and strategic innovations for the nursing department and related clinical areas, including education and development, evaluation, quality improvement and research, and Magnet® journey. Prior to this new role, she was senior director of nursing at Mount Sinai Queens in New York City, While there, she was chosen for the Mount Sinai Health System inaugural Black Executive Acceleration Program for high-potential leaders. Under her leadership, the Mount Sinai Heart System Diversity Council received a national award from the Global ERG Network, a community for employee and business resource groups and diversity councils.

Ennis is committed to mentorship, and co-authored Racial and Ethnic Diverse Mentoring Model, a guidebook to design intentional mentoring programs. She is a co-facilitator for the Yale School of Nursing’s first mentorship workshops for students of color, and personally mentors two UB nursing students. She holds a doctorate in nursing practice from Yale University in addition to two degrees from UB School of Nursing.

She is an active member of several professional organizations and is the first vice president of the Greater New York City Black Nurses Association (GNYCBNA). She has been recognized with the Business Council of Westchester’s 40 Under 40 Rising Star award, the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Administrator of the Year, NBNA 40 Under 40 and as an Outstanding Woman of the Year by the Jamaica Civic and Cultural Association of Rockland (County, N.Y.) Inc. 

Ennis has received citations from congressional representatives and assembly members honoring her leadership and philanthropic work, including raising scholarship funds for students in her home country of Jamaica, West Indies, for GNYCBNA and for nursing students of color at UB. In 2023 she was awarded the Patricia H. Garman Award for Excellence and Service in Nursing from UB. 

George W. Thorn Award

The Thorn Award is given to University at Buffalo alumni under 40 who have made outstanding contributions to their career fields or academic areas.