Director of Pediatrics
Healthcare for the Homeless, Inc.
Lisa Stambolis, RN, CPNP, is Director of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Health Care for the Homeless, Inc. a federally qualified health center serving homeless youth, children and adults in Baltimore. She leads a pioneering primary care clinic using a Nurse Practitioner-driven model of care aimed at reaching the most vulnerable homeless children/youth and their families, as well as offering somatic and behavioral health services at a fixed-site clinic and at numerous outreach sites (such as emergency family and domestic violence shelters, youth drop-in centers, encampments or on the street). Ms. Stambolis is nationally recognized as an advocate for homeless children and teens. In 2012, she was honored as a White House “Champion of Change” in the Fight against Child and Youth Homelessness. Her work as an advocate was instrumental in passing a Maryland State law allowing unaccompanied youth the right to consent to comprehensive medical treatment. She continues to promote state and national policies that advance the rights of unaccompanied youth and increase access to health care and housing for homeless children and families. Ms. Stambolis is committed to expanding the traditional role of the advanced practice nurse while meeting the needs of underserved children and families. She is a preceptor and mentor for students in graduate nursing programs at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the University of Maryland’s School of Nursing. Stambolis was a MATCH (Manpower Access to Community Health) Fellow of the National Association of Community Health Centers and received the University of Maryland Graduate Pediatric Primary Care Nursing and Community Nursing Service Award. Active in several community coalitions helping homeless children/youth, Ms. Stambolis sits on the Community Advisory Board for the Youth Empowered Society (YES) and serves as a memembr of the HIV/AIDS Commission for Baltimore City. Her experience in serving homeless children led her to co-author a report on the emotional and cognitive impact of chronic homelessness in children for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. Ms. Stambolis is also an expert in complementary and alternative medicine and has a private acupuncture practice. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at University of Maryland School of Nursing and has a Master’s degree in Acupuncture from the Maryland University of Integrated Health.