Sharon White-Lewis, MSN, Ph.D., RN

Assistant Professor

Phone: (816) 235-2617



Dr. Sharon White-Lewis is an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Webster University and her PhD from UMKC. Dr. White-Lewis presents locally, nationally, and internationally on topics such as leadership, laparoscopic surgery, robotics, nursing education, simulation, and equine-assisted therapy. She developed a ground-breaking surgical procedure: Laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy and taught this procedure to physicians and nurses from 14 countries and throughout the United States.  Ms. White-Lewis was given the Rising Star of Research Award from Sigma Theta Tau International for her Systematic Review on Equine Therapy Intervention studies and has been chosen as a recipient of the 2016-2017 Jonas Scholarship Award.

Dr. White-Lewis’ program of research focuses on two areas: Nursing education research and equine-assisted therapy research.  She recently completed a funded randomized controlled trial: Equine-assisted therapy compared to exercise education for adults and older adults with arthritis and is presenting her results at the World Nursing Conference in Rome, Italy.

Research Experience:

Use of Robotics in Surgical Services Education

Laparoscopic Colectomy – A study of 50 cases

Zantac RAN 145

Zantac RAN 144

Flexible Laparoscope Study

Ultrasonic Coagulation Study

Doppler Probe Study




White-Lewis, S., Russell, C., Johnson, R., Cheng, A. L., & McClain, N. (2017). Equine-assisted therapy intervention studies targeting physical symptoms in adults: A systematic review. Applied Nursing Research: ANR, 38, 9–21.

Fowler, D., & White, S. A. (1996). Laparoscopic gastrectomy: five cases. Surgical Laparoscopy & Endoscopy, (6), 98–101.

Fowler, D. L., White, S. A., & Anderson, C. A. (1995). Laparoscopic colon resection: 60 cases. Surgical Laparoscopy & Endoscopy, 5(6), 468–471.

Anderson, C. A., Fowler, D. L., White, S., & Wintz, N. (1993). Laparoscopic colostomy closure. Surgical Laparoscopy & Endoscopy, 3(1), 69–72.

Bessières, M. F., White, S., Tubbs, L., & Osinski, M. L. (1993). Coeliochirurgie digestive expériences infirmières. Soins. Chirurgie (Paris, France : 1982), (144), 32–35.

Fowler, D. L., & White, S. A. (1992). The Use of a Doppler Probe for Identifying the Cystic Artery… : Surgical Laparoscopy Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques. Surgical Laparoscopy & Endoscopy, 2(2). Retrieved from

Fowler, D. L., & White, S. A. (1991). Laparoscopy-assisted sigmoid resection. Surgical Laparoscopy & Endoscopy, 1(3), 183–188.

Fowler, D. L., & White, S. A. (1991). Laparoscopic Resection of a Submucosal Gastric Lipoma: A Case Report. Journal of Laparoendoscopic Surgery, 1(5), 303–306. doi:10.1089/lps.1991.1.303


Book Chapters

Fowler, D.L., White, S.A., (1994). Technique of laparoscopic right colectomy.  In E. Lezoche, S. Paganini, A. Cushieri, (Eds.), Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery (p.19-20). Milano, Documento Editoriale.

Fowler, D.L., White, S.A. (1994).  Technique of laparoscopic low anterior resection.  In E. Lezoche, S. Paganini, A. Cushieri, (Eds.), Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery (p.21-22). Milano, Documento Editoriale.


Funding and Awards

2016 Equine-assisted Therapy: A Randomized Controlled Trial for Adults and Older Adults with Arthritis ($6,200)

2016-2018 Jonas Scholarship grant ($15,000)

 2018 – Barbara Pendleton Award (Funded Award)

2018 -Mary Pudelko Bubacz Award (Funded Award) for Nursing Excellence

2016 – Professional Achievement Award

2015 – Rising Star of Research (Funded Award) Sigma Theta Tau International             

2013 and 2014 – Saint Award for Excellence in Teaching

2006 – Excellence in Action for Disaster Preparedness

1998 – Menorah Star Award

1996 – Outstanding Alumni of the Year – Research College of Nursing