Lea Ann Matura, PhD, RN, FAAN is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is an internationally recognized symptom scientist whose research focuses on chronic illnesses predominately affecting women with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Dr. Matura has developed and tested instruments that measure symptom severity and the interference of symptoms in people with PAH. Her work contributes our understanding of mechanisms that lead to symptoms. She has tested innovative interventions to improve symptoms and health-related quality of life in PAH. Her work is published in interdisciplinary journals including Chest, Annals of the American Thoracic Society and Circulation. Her symptom measures have been cited in the European Society of Cardiology/European Respiratory Society Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension as a measure of symptoms and quality of life in PAH. Dr. Matura is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.