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    University of Southern California
  Feb 21, 2018
USC Catalogue 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Anesthesiology

Return to: Keck School of Medicine of USC  

Nurse Anesthesia Program
1540 Alcazar Street
Center for Health Professions #205
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9012
(323) 442-2037
FAX: (323) 442-1701


Program Director: Michele E. Gold, PhD

Associate Program Director: Teresa Norris, EdD

Assistant Program Director of Clinical Services: Kären Embrey, EdD

Administrative Faculty: Jeffrey Darna DNP, Judith Franco EdD, Sarah Giron, PhD, Eleanor Rawson, DNP


Chair and Professor: Philip Lumb

Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology: Randall Wetzel

Professors of Clinical Anesthesiology: Jack Berger; Mary Joseph; Ronald Katz; Duraiyah Thangathurai; Vladmir Zelman

Associate Professors of Clinical Anesthesiology: Steven Haddy, Jeffrey Lee; Michele Gold; Rajesh Patel; Steven Richeimer; Earl Strum

Assistant Professors of Clinical Anesthesiology: Rudolfo Amaya; Dimiter Arnaudov; Tawfik Ayoub; Armin Azad; Jason Bang; Maxim Benbassat; Martin Bohorquez; Kari Cole; Ahmed Darwish; James Daniel; Kären Embrey; Gligor Gucev; Wayne Kaufman; Rodney McKeever; Rana Movahedi; Ali Nemat; Teresa Norris;  Ashraf Sedra; Fayez Takla; Candace Tay; Puja Trivedi; Chelsea Varner; Samuel Yanofsky

Instructors of Clinical Anesthesiology: Roberta Ashley; Deborah Avnet; Gina Basehore; Brindusa Bauer; Paula Belson; Douglas Brannan; James Carey; Jennilyn Casalme; Adrian Castro; Johnny Cheng; Rebecca Darnell; Geoff Edwards; Judith Franco; Jessica Frazier; Charlotte Garcia; Katharine Getz; Dolores Gibbs; Amy Gilb; Sarah Giron; Elizabeth Bamgbose; David Godden; Jennifer Hogan; Dina Hunt; Monique Jabbour; Kelsey Johnson; Kim Jones-Tang; Rory Keenan; Vadim Kuraev; Benjamin Lindsey; Jennifer Loshonkohl; Victoria McKinzie; Cameron Meyer; Cathy Ngo; Aileen Nguyen; Arthur Norcliffe; Michelle Olivares; Margaret Oliveto; Robert Olsen; Patricia Omoto; Nilu Patel; Nancy Perez; Erin Peters; Gabriel Punsalan; Eleanor Rawson, Dhanya Renjith; Sara Rondinone; Joseph Sammut; Susan Shenkosky; Michelle Smith; Tahira Smith; Helen Stepan; Crystal Trinooson; Regalado Valerio; Rhona Wang; Annie Wiley; Kelly Zhou

The nurse anesthesia program prepares qualified nurses in the specialty of nurse anesthesia and qualifies the graduate to sit for the certification examination given by the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. The graduate attains a high level of clinical competence with an extensive body of didactic knowledge relevant to the specialty and advanced practice nursing. The mission of the USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia is scholarly education and professional development of future nurse anesthetists with the academic strength and leadership skills to advance our profession.

Students enrolling in the MS, Nurse Anesthesia course of study must complete the nurse anesthesia core curriculum and specialty practicum. The program consists of 47 units and is completed in 28 months of continuous enrollment (seven semesters; the first semester 2-unit course is provided in a hybrid online platform). 

The program is based in the Department of Anesthesiology, and classroom instruction is provided by nurse anesthesia program faculty and faculty from the Department of Anesthesiology, the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, and the Department of Cell and Neurobiology within the Keck School of Medicine, as well as clinical faculty from the program clinical sites. Clinical training occurs at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, Keck Hospital of USC, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Long Beach Veterans' Administration Medical Center and West Los Angeles Veterans' Administration Medical Center for the primary rotations. Advanced rotations occur at those sites, as well as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Northridge/Hallmark Pain Management and Surgery Center, UCLA Medical Center and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.


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