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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs)

The Department of Anesthesia currently employs over 60 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). CRNAs are integral and invaluable to the delivery of anesthesia services to patients. The staffing model for CRNAs at the University of Iowa is a collaborative practice model where CRNAs provide anesthesia in collaboration with an assigned faculty member.

CRNA Leadership

Ann Smith

Ann Smith, MS, CRNA, is the Chief CRNA. She received a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Minnesota and completed her Anesthesia CRNA training at the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia. As Chief CRNA, some of her responsibilities include:

  • Marketing the CRNA program
  • Operational workflow
  • Quality and safety regarding the  CRNA role
  • Informatics, and policies/procedures involving the CRNAs
  • Recruitment of CRNAs:  interviewing, hiring, onboarding of new CRNAs.
  • Conducts annual performance evaluations of CRNAs
  • Executes administrative oversight of all CRNAs
  • Serves on several Anesthesia Department Committees
  • Serves as Anesthesia faculty/CRNA liason
  • Co-Chair for UIHC PA/ARNP Committee
  • Serves on the PA/ARNP UIHC Credentialing Committee

Michael Pomeroy, portrait

 

Michael Pomeroy, DNP, CRNA, is the Assistant Chief CRNA. Dr. Pomeroy received his Doctor of Nursing Practice in Anesthesia from the University of Iowa Nurse Anesthesia program.
As Assistant Chief CRNA, some of his responsibilities include:

  • In conjunction with the Chief CRNA, provides administrative oversight of the Main Operating Rooms, Stead Family Children’s Hospital, and Ambulatory Surgery Center CRNAs
  • Assists the Chief CRNA with yearly performance evaluations of the CRNAs
  • Assists the Chief CRNA with recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and onboarding of CRNAs
  • Conducts quality improvement projects
  • Serves as an Epic physician informatics officer
  • Serves on several Department committees

John Aker

John Aker, CRNA, is the Lead CRNA for the Pediatric CRNA team.  Dr. Aker received his MSN in Anesthesia from the University of Kansas and his DNAP (Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice) from Virginia Commonwealth University.

As Chief Pediatric CRNA, he is a member of and contributor to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Anesthesia staffing and scheduling workgroup. He also serves on the Supply and Equipment committee workgroup.

As Lead Pediatric CRNA, some of  his responsibilities include:

  • In conjunction with the Chief CRNA, performs  administrative oversight of the  SFCH CRNA team 
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of clinical orientation and student nurse anesthetist clinical rotations in the SFCH
  • Conducts quality improvement projects pertaining to SFCH

Kathleen Fear

Kathleen Fear, CRNA, is the Lead  CRNA for the Ambulatory Surgery Clinic (ASC).  Dr. Fear received her MSN in Anesthesia Nurse Anesthesia Program followed by her DNP from the University of Iowa. As Lead ASC CRNA, some of her  responsibilities include:

  • In conjunction with the Chief CRNA, provides administrative oversight of the ASC CRNA team
  • Assists the Chief CRNA with yearly performance evaluations of ASC CRNAs
  • Conducts quality improvement projects pertaining to the ASC

Lori Mascardo

Lori Mascardo, CRNA, is the Lead Sedation CRNA. She received her MSN  in Anesthesia from the University of Iowa. As Lead Sedation CRNA, some of her responsibilities include:

  • In conjunction with the Chief CRNA, provides administrative oversight of the CRNAs assigned to the Stead Family Children's Hospital (SFCH) Lower Level 2 and all pediatric satellite locations
  • In conjunction with the Sedation Service Faculty, monitors and updates sedation scheduling needs
  • Conducts quality improvement projects pertaining to the sedation team
  • Provides administrative oversight to the RN Sedation Team assigned to SFCH Lower Level 2

Christine McNair, CRNA

Christine McNair, CRNA, is the Lead Anesthesia Presurgical Evaluation Clinic CRNA. Christine received her MSN in Anesthesia from the University of Iowa Nurse Anesthesia program.  She is the Assistant Director of the Anesthesia Presurgical Evaluation Clinic (APEC). 

As Lead APEC CRNA, some of her responsibilities include:

  • Manages APEC staffing and scheduling
  • Coordinates daily patient throughout the Presurgical Evaluation Clinic
  • Works with RN phone callers to ensure all patients receive a preoperative assessment as a part of their surgery
  • Collaborates with multiple surgical specialties