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William 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 Center UMMC, 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 U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Dr. Howie 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 published numerous articles 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 Maryland 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. she 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, she 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, she has served on both plaintiff and defense malpractice cases.

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

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!

Ryan Shores, CRNA, DNP

Ryan Shores, CRNA, DNP is a certified registered nurse anesthetist with 13 years of 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 multiple clinical sites in Jacksonville, Florida.

Ryan is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the University of North Florida Anesthesiology Nursing Program.

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 11 years where he currently serves as the program’s associate 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 co-authored a chapter on drug interactions. He has chaired and participated in over 30 student oral and poster presentations at the AANA annual congress. He has been lecturing at state, national, and international conferences for the past nine 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, neuromuscular monitoring, and trauma.

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