As the Head of Research, Dr. Witkop, a Doctor of Nursing Practice, leads the National Hemophilia Foundation’s research initiatives.  Previously the lead practitioner at the Northern Regional Bleeding Disorders Center in Traverse City MI, she is the 2015 recipient of the Nurse of the Year Award from the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) for Transformational Leadership,  a past Chair of NHF’s Nursing Work Group and the 2014/2015 Co-Chair of NHF’s Annual Meeting.  Dr.  Witkop is an ATHN/HRSA Demonstration Project of National Significance Grantee with the project, “Evaluating a Nurse Practitioner Medically Lead Hemophilia Treatment Center in Comparison to a Physician Medically Lead Hemophilia Treatment Center”.

Her background includes extensive experience and research in pain management including chronic pain and palliative care. Prior to joining the bleeding disorders community, Dr. Witkop was employed in a chronic pain practice and was Board Certified in Palliative Care. She has been the principal investigator or co-investigator for multiple hemophilia pain research studies including the National Pain Study and the IMPACT Quality of Life Studies and has published multiple articles as well as lectured extensively. She is a past-chair of and continues working with the MASAC Pain Initiative Subcommittee.