Chelsea Hagopian

Chelsea Hagopian

Assistant Professor, clinical track | DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC


Chelsea O. P. Hagopian, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, is an Assistant Professor, clinical track, at the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and an ANCC board-certified adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. She has practiced clinically in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery as a nurse and nurse practitioner for the past 10- and 7-years, respectively, and her research and scholarship focuses on informed consent and nursing ethics.Dr. Hagopian completed her Bachelors and Masters in the Science of Nursing at Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, as well as her her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Systems Leadership. She also serves on the board of the Emory Nurses’ Alumni Association through which she chairs the Communications Task Force.

Dr. Hagopian is incredibly passionate about nursing ethics and encouraging both student nurses and actively practicing nurses (across all roles and settings)to voice their unique nursing perspective using the lens of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements through activities of civic professionalism; scholarly and scientific writing,safe use of social media, and other other forms of professional-, patient-, and general non-academic public-facing communication platforms. She completed a fellowship in teaching and education at the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and is presently participating in the Emory University Healthcare Ethics Leadership Academy through the The Healthcare Ethics Consortium and the Emory University Center for Ethics, where she is focusing her enthusiasm for ethics on innovative curricula for ethics education in nursing.

Areas of Expertise

Teaching and Learning
Informed Consent
Nursing Ethics
Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery Nursing
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HagopianCO, Hagopian TM, Wolfswinkel EM, Ades TB, Stevens WG. An Expert Consensus Study for Informed Consent in Primary Breast Augmentation Surgery. Aesthet Surg J. 2021;41(4),NP162–NP176.

Hagopian CO, Ades TB, Hagopian TM, Wolfswinkel EM, Stevens WG. Attitudes,Beliefs, and Practices of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons Regarding Informed Consent. Aesthet Surg J. 2020;40(4):437-447.

Hagopian CO. Ethical Challenges with Nonsurgical Medical Aesthetic Devices.Plast Surg Nurs. 2019; 39(1):5-9.


Dr. Hagopian currently teaches in the pre-licensure Master's in Nursing programs. Her teaching reflects her belief of the keen importance of preparing students to exercise their nursing voice through actions of advocacy and activism in service of the persons and people with whom they care, of self, and of the profession of nursing.

Her most important teaching goals include fostering student formation and development of their professional identity in nursing and strengthening their nursing voice to speak up when recognizing concerns, cues to phenomena of concern to nursing, and in what matters to them, and to effectively be and feel heard when doing so.


Dr.Hagopian has authored peer-reviewed publications on ethics and informed consent in the nursing and plastic surgery literature and has participated in panel discussions on informed consent and the future of health care ethics.

Her doctoral work focused on improving the effectiveness of informed consent in elective aesthetic procedures, which culminated in an evidence-based development process model for creating patient decision aids (PDA) designed specifically to replace traditional informed consent documents in elective aesthetic procedures. She continued her doctoral work to create a PDA for primary breast augmentation surgery in collaboration with The Aesthetic Society as a member of The Aesthetic Society Informed Consent Task Force.