Christian R. Falyar, CRNA, DNAP

Christian Falyar, DNAP, CRNA, is an assistant professor in the Duke University School of Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia Program. In addition, he serves as adjunct faculty for the AANA’s and Middle Tennessee School of Nurse Anesthesia’s acute pain fellowship.

Prior to his faculty appointment, Dr. Falyar worked clinically as an independent practitioner at Great River Medical Center, in Burlington, IA. Before becoming a nurse anesthetist, he was a board-certified sonographer, performing thousands of diagnostic ultrasound examinations.

Dr. Falyar has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and has presented numerous lectures at the local, state and national level. For the past five years, he has served as the coordinator of the open ultrasound scanning labs at the AANA Annual Congress.

In his free time, he maintains, a free educational website dedicated to ultrasound-guided anesthesia procedures.

Sam Jones, CRNA, DNAP

Sam Jones, CRNA, DNAP is a co-chief nurse anesthetist in Richmond, Virginia. Sam started his career in nursing working for The University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth Universities in their respective cardiac surgery ICUs.

Sam was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia where he volunteered as an EMT and worked as an anesthesia technician at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He attended James Madison University for nursing where he graduated at the top of his class before going on to CRNA school at Virginia Commonwealth University. Sam graduated with his MSNA and DNAP earning the Agatha Hodgins CRNA Memorial Award for academic achievement as well as the Leadership Award.

Sam’s DNAP capstone focused on ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia education. As a part of his project, Sam presented during the lab for the 2015 AANA annual congress in Salt Lake City, the 2015 NCANA annual conference in Myrtle Beach, as well as other presentations in Richmond and Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Johnson City, Tennessee.

Since graduating, Sam has gone on to present at AANA conferences and lecture at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is passionate about the use of regional anesthesia in his clinical practice and the expanding use of ultrasound for everything from airway assessment to epidural placement to vascular access and everything in between. He loves the opportunity to share these skills with anyone interested in learning.