Dr. Fields received his Ph.D., in Nursing Science from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.S., in Family Nursing and B.S., in Nursing from Binghamton University (State University of New York). He completed post-doctoral studies at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California San Francisco followed by the completion of a certificate as a legal nurse consultant from the University of Rochester.
Dr. Fields was the first ever male Registered Nurse selected for the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship Program. As a RWJ-fellow, he worked in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill for Senator Barbara Mikulski on the Senates Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions – Aging Subcommittee during the historic healthcare reform debates and passage of the Affordable Care Act. This underscores his commitment to health equity and finding ways to provide access to healthcare, especially for historically underserved marginalized populations.
He is a known international HIV prevention research scientist who has participated in over $120 million dollars of funded research with a primary focus on young men of color. Dr. Fields is a former national director of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) and is an advanced HIV/AIDS certified registered nurse (AACRN). He currently serves on the board of directors of the National Black Nurses Association, Inc (NBNA) and is the founding President of the Greater New York City Chapter of NBNA. He has been recognized for his excellence with elected member fellowships in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP), the Nursing Academy of the National Academies of Practice (FNAP), and the highly selective and prestigious American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). Academy fellow induction is one of the highest honors in the nursing profession.
He is currently Research Professor and the inaugural Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion in the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing at Penn State University. He has held faculty appointments at Binghamton University, the University of Rochester, Florida International University, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, New York Institute of Technology, and Long Island University-Brooklyn.