Diane Todd Pace, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, NCMP, FAANP
Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Pace primarily teaches with an outstanding team in the MSN clinical program in
the Family Nurse Practitioner track. Her clinical focus of interest is women’s health
but her practice covers primary care of the family. Additionally, Dr. Pace is teaching
with an experienced faculty team in a new undergraduate seminar curriculum.
Dr. Pace is the first Nurse Practitioner to serve as President of the North American
Menopause Society (2012-2013) and serves on the Board of Trustees, the Scientific,
Consumer Education, Technology, and Membership Committees. Dr. Pace has published
on menopause and is a contributor to the NAMS’s Menopause Practice: A Clinician’s
Guide and the published Consumer Guidebook. She is the only non-physician to serve
on a Menopause Curriculum Task Force to develop a curriculum for residents and other
clinicians by The Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO). Additionally,
she serves as a reviewer for The Journal of Menopause, served as co-editor for a women’s
health focus publication for the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners,
and contributed to the development of a national CE program on osteoporosis. She has
been inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and presents
at their national conferences. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor
Society, ANA, TNA, a Board Member of the Greater Memphis Area Advanced Practice Nurses
Association, and a member of the Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health.
Dr. Pace is active in healthcare informatics and has served on many state e-Health
committees and served 5 years on the ANA nursing practice committee on information
infrastructure. In 2011, Dr. Pace obtained the newly developed prestigious federal
certification: HIT Pro Clinician/Practitioner Consultant Health Information Technology
She was awarded the 2013 AANP Nurse Practitioner State Excellence Award, the 2012
Memphis Women to Watch Award, the 2011 STTI Chapter Outstanding Clinical Practice
Award and the Celebrate Nursing Great 100 Nurses of Memphis Award, as well as many
other professional clinical, leadership, and educational awards over her nursing career.
She is a FNP providing primary care and Menopausal Health Care at the Methodist Teaching
Dr. Pace obtained her initial preparation as a registered nurse from the Methodist
Hospital School of Nursing in 1971, and in 1976, she completed a certificate in the
Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Arkansas Center for Health Sciences.
In 1995, she completed a BSN from Union University, a MSN from University of Tennessee
Health Science Center in 1996, and her PhD in nursing from UTHSC in 1998. Her dissertation
examined the “Effect of Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy on Heart Rate Variability”.
Additionally she has obtained non-nursing degrees: Bachelors in General Studies/Health
Care Administration in 1982 from Arkansas State University and a MS in Curriculum
and Instruction from Memphis State University in 1984.
Dr. Pace is married to Jim since 1971 where she met him while caring for his nephew
when she was a student nurse. They have 2 daughters: Sara who is an Occupational Therapist
and Cheryl who is a lawyer. She will say of all of her titles, degrees and awards,
her most favorite is being Nana to her 5 beautiful grandchildren. She also provides
care to her elderly Mother who lives at Carriage Court Assisted Living. Her favorite
travel was a cruise to the Black Sea and traveling to Spain and Portugal is still
on her bucket list.