Dr. Cecilia Zamarripa PhD, MSN, RN, CWON

Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse, UPMC Presbyterian

Cece Zamarripa has been a practicing WOC Nurse for over 35 years and is currently Manager of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing department at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). She grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, attended UT Arlington for her BSN then shortly after completed her "ET" education at Jewish Hospital in St. Louis 1986. Cece’s work experience includes WOC Nurse at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas; Rush University Medical Center Chicago, Illinois; and now at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for the past 24 years.
Cece obtained by MSN at Duquesne University in 2008 and her PhD in Nursing at Duquesne University April 2021. Her research explored Subepidermal Moisture Measures and Their Relationship to Early Identification of Pressure Injuries in People with Dark Skin Tones. Cece is also a co-investigator in a randomized clinical trial to determine the effectiveness of low air loss support surfaces in preventing pressure injuries for people with moisture risk factors in acute care.
Cece has been involved with several WOC Nursing and Nursing Education roles. In 2010, Cece had the privilege of being the Joint Commission Resources Patient Safety Scholar in Residence. Her teaching experience includes Slippery Rock University web-based RN to BSN program 2008-2017 and Community Health Nursing at Duquesne University. Cece is preceptor for nurses completing their WOC Nursing Education Program and a WOCN Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) Course Co-coordinator from 2015 to present.
Cece is involved in the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) and a member of the organization since 1986. She has served as Treasurer of the Western PA Regional Affiliate WOCN Society and is a current volunteer member of the WOCNext Conference Planning Committee from 2019 to present. Cece has also been a member of the WOCN Peristomal Consensus Panel in November 2020. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Western PA Area Chapter for NAHN, WOCN® Society™, and the World Council of Enterostomal Therapist.