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Thomas Davis, MS, CRNA


Tom S. Davis, CRNA, MAE, is the former Chief of the Division of Nurse Anesthesia at The Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, and former Chief CRNA at (Baylor) Scott and White, Main OR in Temple, TX. Col. Davis, USAF (Ret.), is well-known throughout the Nurse Anesthesia industry for his leadership in clinical anesthesia including developing the first distance education model while on the graduate faculty at Kansas University Medical Center.

At The Johns Hopkins, Mr. Davis spearheaded the redesign of the CRNA annual performance review and implemented a merit-based bonus system. Also at Hopkins, he developed and taught management skills to a group of selected CRNAs.

He is on the AANA Professional Practice Advisory Board, is a regular contributor to the AANA Newsletter and has participated as a faculty member of the AANA Fall Leadership Academy. Recognized for his ability to work across department lines and for team-building and value-based hiring, Tom is a sought-after speaker, an educator, writer and author, a leadership trainer for Third River Partners and an anesthesia provider. Tom Davis is the author of the newly released book, Leader Reader 1 – Authentic Lessons in Leadership, described by a chief CRNA reader as, “…one of those books that could transform your management paradigm,” and, “a clear and concise guide to becoming the best manager of people you can be.” Currently, Tom is coaching CRNA leaders through his values-based leadership webinar series. His civility in leadership technique and his ability to connect with patients, staff, and students has touched the lives of many hundreds in healthcare and elevated the Nurse Anesthesia profession.

Tom has two active websites: has a blog that promotes CRNAs and the profession, and attracts developing healthcare leaders to workshops and webinars.

Kevin Driscoll, DNP, MSN, BSN, CRNA


Kevin Driscoll is a Staff Anesthetist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Clinical Center, Building 10. This is the world’s largest research-only dedicated hospital where they take on medically complex cases to gain greater insights into future diagnosing, treating and curing patients.

Prior, he was at The Johns Hopkins Hospital where he helped lead the first Collaborative Unit Based Safety Program (CUSP) in the Department of Surgery as well as Co-chaired a Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Community. In addition, he is an Inaugural Fellow of the Armstrong Institutes of Patient Safety at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Kevin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) and holds a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania.

He recently completed his DNP at Yale University where his focus was on the geo-spatial analysis of the positive correlates for veteran suicide and is on track to be the first CRNA in the nation to be certified in big data analytics by ESRIs technical Geographic Information Systems platform.

Bill Howie, DNP, CRNA

Dr. Howie has an extensive background in nursing and nurse anesthesia. Dr. Howie holds Master of Science degrees in both Emergency Health Care Administration and Nurse Anesthesia and completed his doctorate degree in 2010 from The John's Hopkins University. Since 1995, he has been a CRNA at the University of Maryland Medical Center/Shock Trauma, in Baltimore, MD. Duties at the Trauma Center include the provision of anesthetic services to victims of acute trauma. Secondary duties performed by Howie include the provision of monthly educational lectures to newly assigned SRNAs and to function as a member of the Anesthesia Departments Quality Assurance Committee.

In addition to his practice as a nurse anesthetist, Dr. Howie is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Academy of Health Sciences for the at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Also holds academic positions at the University of MD, School of Nursing. He has retired from the military as Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve after 25 years of service. He was called to active duty multiple times throughout his reserve career.

Dr. Howie has several published numerous in a variety of peer-reviewed journals.

Patricia McMullen, Ph.D., JD, CRNP, FAANP, FAAN


Dean & Ordinary Professor, School of Nursing, The Catholic University of America, Washington DC

Dr. McMullen practices as an educator, women’s health nurse practitioner, and as an attorney. She holds BSN and MS degrees from the University of MD School of Nursing and then went on to complete a Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing at The Catholic University of America. Dr. McMullen has held faculty positions at several universities and has worked clinically at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Baltimore City Health Department, and in private practice. She has been selected as a Distinguished Practitioner by the American Academies of Practice, a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. McMullen has presented numerous workshops on legal issues in nurse practitioner practice. She is also the author of a number of research and practice-based articles and texts.

Dr. McMullen has held prior faculty positions at both the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Graduate School of Nursing and the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She has worked clinically at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Baltimore City Health Department, and Anne Arundel Medical Center. Over the course of her career, Dr. McMullen has combined her interests in nursing and the law by authoring a variety of book chapters and articles dealing with legal issues in nursing. A member of the Maryland Bar Association, Dr. McMullen has served on both plaintiff and defense malpractice cases.

During off-hours, Dr. McMullen enjoys tennis, biking, and family time.

Ryan Shores, CRNA, DNP

Ryan Shores, CRNA, DNP is a certified registered nurse anesthetist with 11 years experience. He began his career in Gainesville, Florida working for two years as a cardiac surgery recovery nurse. He currently serves as a staff CRNA at UF Health Jacksonville, Florida.

As a graduate of the University of Florida with a BS in communication studies, He began teaching before his transition to the healthcare field where he taught multiple subjects as a High School Teacher. In 2002, he received is ASN from Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida and after two years of RN ICU work, he attended Florida International University for which he earned his MSN in 2006. He received his DNP from the University of North Florida in 2015. He has held a faculty position at UNF for 10 years where he currently serves as the program’s associate program director. He also served as interim program director for Florida State University’s program during the summer of 2016.

Dr. Shores’s DNP project focused on cost reduction utilizing low flow inhalational anesthesia. He also has coauthored a chapter on drug interactions. He has chaired and participated in over 15 student poster presentations. He has been lecturing at state, national, and international conferences for the past seven years.

Dr. Shores is a dynamic speaker who believes that conference attendees bring experience and knowledge to the event. His teaching style includes an emphasis on audience participation and input. His areas of focus include pharmacology, chemistry and physics, regional anesthesia, and trauma.