Chelsea Hagopian

Chelsea Hagopian

Assistant Professor, clinical track


Chelsea O. P.  Hagopian, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, is an assistant clinical professor 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 more than 10- and 7-years, respectively, and  her research and scholarship focus on informed consent and nursing ethics. Hagopian completed her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing at Emory  University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, as well as her Doctor of  Nursing Practice in Health Systems Leadership. She also serves on the board  of the Emory Nurses’ Alumni Association.
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 nursing’s shared  core values, professional code of ethics, and social mandate through  activities of civic professionalism, scholarly and scientific writing, safe  use of social media, and 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 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


Hagopian CO,  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.


Hagopian  currently teaches in the pre-licensure Master of 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 students’ formation of their professional identity in nursing and sense of professional mattering  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.


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.


Fall 2022 - Heart of  the Students Award (selected by the graduating Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing MN cohort)