Two ChristianaCare caregivers, nurse leader Jennifer Painter, DNP, APRN, CNS, NEA-BC, RN-BC, OCN, AOCNS, LSSBB, and surgeon Peter Santoro, M.D., FACS, are among the area professionals showcased in the “DBT40 Class of 2019” in the Delaware Business Times.
The publication spotlights 40 Delawareans under the age of 40 who are making a name for themselves through professional excellence and community involvement, representing the best in a range of fields.
Nurse Leader Jennifer Painter
Jennifer Painter, 38, is director of Nursing Professional Development and Education at ChristianaCare. She leads more than 60 caregivers covering all strategic efforts related to nursing professional development, centralizing the nursing education workforce and designing a new organizational infrastructure.
Painter has volunteered for Special Olympics Delaware for more than 20 years, serving as an on-site nurse at the Summer Games and other sports tournaments to help with first-aid and other health services.
She stays connected to her oncology nurse roots by assisting with skin cancer screenings at ChristianaCare’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute where she also counsels patients in smoking cessation. She is a longtime member of the Delaware Diamond Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society, including two years as president.
In earning her doctoral degree, she completed a project on the creation of an Advanced Practice Nurse Residency, which she helped launch at ChristianaCare.
She recently completed the Health Management Academy’s GE Fellowship Program for nurse executives.
Physician Leader Peter Santoro
Dr. Santoro, 38, is director of robotic surgery and medical director of the Hernia Center at ChristianaCare. He was also recently named section chief of General Surgery. Specializing in advanced robotic and minimally invasive techniques, Dr. Santoro has special interests in hernia surgery, robotic surgery, complex abdominal wall hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction.
He and his family are members of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, and they participate in local activities with the parish. He donates regularly to Goodwill Industries, the American Heart Association, Susan G. Komen Philadelphia, and other charities.
Dr. Santoro earned his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine and holds a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Delaware. He completed his general surgery residency at ChristianaCare, serving as administrative chief resident his final year.
He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Americas Hernia Society and Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.