Dr. Dimsdale is the Director of Advanced Practice for the Private Diagnostic Clinic atDuke University Health System. Her clinical practice is as a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner in the Department of Medicine-Division of Cardiology, where she specializes in the treatment of heart failure, acute coronary syndromes and primary and secondary prevention of coronary heart disease. Her third appointment is as a Clinical Associate in the Duke University School of Nursing where she lectures to graduate students in the areas of professional practice and cardiology, and serves as content expert on student doctoral committees. She is an Investigator on several clinical trials through the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and is an active participant in nursing research initiatives through the Duke Translational Nursing Institute focusing on implementation science. She has an interest in creative nursing education and mentorship, as well as the leadership interface between systems of care, provider utilization, access to care and excellent patient outcomes. In her role as Director of Advanced Practice at Duke, she is responsible for leading the effort to facilitate Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to work to their full scope of practice by implementing ambulatory practice redesign with the aim to increase patient access to high quality, safe and effective care.
Allison sustains active memberships in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, American Nurses Association, and the North Carolina Nurses Association. She is a peer reviewer for Elsevier Publishing, and has been published in several nursing and medical publications including Circulation. She serves on a variety of community task forces and boards, and was a Fellow in the 2013 NC Nurses Association Leadership Academy. She holds the Associate of the American College of Cardiology recognition.
She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science (MSN) degrees at Duke University, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas.