Clinical Associate Professor

University of Florida
653 W 8th Street
Jacksonville, FL 32209

Telephone: 904-244-3913
Fax: 904-244-3870


Dr. Pieper teaches graduate students whose focus is pediatrics.


Dr. Pieper’s areas of research interest are related to pediatric trauma and neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis.


Dr. Pieper is a Pediatric nurse practitioner with the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville Division of Pediatric Surgery at UF Health-Jacksonville. She is also a charter member of the American Pediatric Nurses Association (APSNA) and served as its President in 2004-2005. She has also served as the Chair of the Pediatric Nursing Council of Northeast Florida (PNC) and is a founding member of that organization. Other organizations in which she presently holds membership include the American Nurses Association (ANA), Florida Nurses Association (FNA), NAPNAP, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS). Her service honors include the APSNA Founders’ Award for excellence in pediatric surgical nursing (2002) and recognition as a Great 100 Nurse in Northeast Florida (2003) and Florida (2009).

Area of expertise

Dr. Pieper has been associated with the Division of Pediatric Surgery of the University of Florida College of Medicine Jacksonville Campus since 1984.  Her clinical specialty is pediatric surgery, with particular interest in pediatric trauma and neonatal surgery. She has been a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with national certification from the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) since 1992.


Dr. Pieper received her BA in Biology from Franklin and Marshall College, BSN in Nursing from Cornell University, MSN in Pediatric Nursing from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, post-masters PNP from the University of Florida, and her PhD in Nursing from Barry University.

Selected Publications

  • Pieper, P., & Garvin, C. (2014). Health-related quality of life in the first year following a childhood concussion. Brain Injury, 28, 105-113. doi:10.3109/02699052.2013.847208
  • Brown, N. T., Flanigan, L. M., McComiskey, C. A., & Pieper, P. (Eds.). (2013). Nursing care of the pediatric surgical patient (3rd ed.).  Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.
  • Pieper, P. (2011). Telephone interviews in research with children. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 25, 409-412. doi:10.1016/j.pedhc.2010.11.002
  • Pieper, P., & Bear, M. (2011). Child and proxy perspectives of the child’s health-related quality of life one month after a mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 18, 11-17. doi:10.1097/JTN.0b013e31820e3f31
  • Tepas, J. J. III, Leaphart, C. L., Plumley, D., Sharma, R., Celso, B. G., Pieper, P.,…Esquivia-Lee, V. (2010). Trajectory of metabolic derangement in infants with necrotizing enterocolitis should drive timing and technique of surgical intervention. Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 210, 847-854.  doi:10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2010.01.008
  • Tepas, J. J. III, Sharma, R., Leaphart, C. L., Celso, B. G., Pieper, P., & Esquivia-Lee, V. (2010). Timing of surgical intervention in necrotizing enterocolitis can be determined by trajectory of metabolic derangement. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 45, 310-314. doi:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2009.10.069
  • Pieper, P. (2008). Ethical perspectives of children’s assent for research participation: Deontology and utilitarianism. Pediatric Nursing, 34, 319-323.