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Kevin Driscoll, DNP, MSN, CRNA

Email: kdriscoll@nbcrnabod.com

Kevin Driscoll is a Staff Anesthetist at the NIH (National Institutes of Health)**, 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. The NIH has played a pivotal role in both the COVID vaccine development and federal recommendations for response. Prior to that, he was at the Johns Hopkins Hospital where he helped lead the first Collaborative Unit-Based Safety Program in the Department of Surgery and co-chaired a Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Community. He received his DNP from Yale University, where his focus was on the geo-spatial analysis of the positive correlates for veteran suicide in the post-9/11 veteran communities. Kevin currently serves as the President of the NBCRNA (National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

**Kevin Driscoll is providing his insights in a personal capacity and not part of his role as a federal employee.

Shane Garner, CRNA, MS

Shane Garner, CRNA, MS, is a nurse anesthetist at Ripon Medical Center in Ripon, Wisconsin. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University Nurse Anesthesia Program in 2012 and has recently graduated from the University of South Florida Advanced Pain Management Fellowship. Shane is passionate about acute and chronic pain management through the use of ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia and opioid-free multimodal analgesia. His passion for regional anesthesia has led him to develop and integrating cutting-edge regional anesthesia protocols that include peripheral nerve catheter techniques at his hospital. He is in the process of developing his chronic pain management skillset to start his own chronic pain practice. Shane is also adjunct faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Nurse Anesthesia program and enjoys lecturing around the country.

Jonathan Pabalate, DNP, CRNA

Dr. Jonathan Pabalate is an international expert in the areas of technology application in the perioperative health care environment, health care quality analytics, health care outcomes, and measurements through the application of best practice evidence. He teaches as an instructor at the University of North Florida's Nurse Anesthetist Program in the areas of Anesthesia Technology, Advanced BioScience, and Regional Anesthesia. He has lectured at National and State Anesthesia meetings, and at grand rounds at Hospitals in The Netherlands and Belgium.

As president of JPC Anesthesia Informatics, he leads an innovative team to find solutions to challenging problems amongst health care organizations and anesthesia groups struggling with overcoming technology challenges inpatient care and business practice.

Currently, he is leading a team to create innovative mobile solutions for anesthesia documentation, and assists organizations in the efforts to move their documentation practices to electronic formats.

In his spare time, he dabbles in HDR photography, audio engineering, endurance sports, adventure races, and cooking really tasty foods!

Kimberly Westra, CRNA, DNP, MSN, APRN, MBAc

Kimberly Westra CRNA, MS, DNP, is a certified registered nurse anesthetist with 21 years of experience and a faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania. She began her career in Baltimore Maryland with experience as a critical care nurse at Johns Hopkins University. Kimberly is the Chief Nurse Anesthetist at Tidal Health Regional Medical Center in Maryland.

Dr. Westra is a doctoral graduate of Chatham University and is an MBA candidate in Healthcare Finance and Administration at Patten University. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau honor society at Chatham and serves in the mentoring program for advanced practice nurses.

Mrs. Westra’s extensive clinical experience includes her role as an RNFA, CNOR, and CPAN. She specializes in comprehensive difficult airway program development within large care networks. Westra developed an airway alert wristband and an electronic medical record airway alert system. These comprehensive airway alert systems can be customized to any size organization or retrofitted into existing documentation programs. Westra also developed a multidisciplinary educational outreach program for critical care difficult airway management. These highly effective outreach programs assist the anesthesia provider in educating the critical care team on the multidisciplinary care team approach to difficult airway management.

Westra is a dynamic and energetic speaker who engages audiences with lively discussions on numerous topics such as The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Anesthesia Practice, Interdisciplinary Difficult Airway Management, Team Building in the OR, Managing Acute Perioperative Crisis’. Mrs. Westra speaks locally and nationally on a variety of current healthcare topics including clinical practice, process improvement, and the business aspects of care.

Dr. Westra is Chief Nurse Anesthetist and Manager Perioperative Education at The Reading Medical Center.