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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.

Christian R. Falyar, CRNA, DNAP

Christian Falyar currently works as a staff anesthetist in Richmond, VA. He has lectured locally, regionally, and nationally on ultrasound related topics, and has been published in the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing and the AANA Journal. Dr. Fayler is owner and founder of VAULT (Virginia Ultrasound) and a Staff Anesthetist at Great River Medical Center, Burlington, IA

Christian received his Associate of Science in Nursing from Shenandoah University in 1991 and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Virginia University in 1995. His first experience with diagnostic ultrasound came in the late 90's performing transcranial Doppler sonography on patient's suffering from subarachnoid hemorrhage while working as a nurse in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at VCU. Christian also worked as a board certified Vascular Technologist performing thousands of diagnostic ultrasound examinations for the Department of Vascular Surgery at VCU.

In 2009, he retired from the Air National Guard (ANG) after twenty-one years of service and attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. For the final five years of his career, he served as the Chief Nurse of the 192nd Fighter Wing and was the senior ranking nurse in the Virginia ANG. Christian graduated from the nurse anesthesia program at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009. While a student in the program, he received the Faculty Research Award for his work in ultrasound physics and was runner-up at the Graduate Student Association's 12th Annual Research Symposium & Exhibit, Virginia Commonwealth University, for his project entitled "Role of Ultrasound in Regional Anesthesia". In 2010, Christian received his Doctorate in Nurse Anesthesia Practice from VCU and received the AANA Foundation Program Director's Award for Outstanding Research in Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia (UGRA). Christian founded VAULT (Virginia Ultrasound) in 2011 to provide a forum where CRNAs could discuss and network about the latest trends in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia. He developed and maintains a website dedicated to UGRA and ultrasound-guided vascular access.He offers educational courses to anesthesia groups wanting to learn or improve their UGRA skills. His unique background offers students the opportunity to learn from someone who has used diagnostic ultrasound extensively.

For fun, Christian listens to Dylan, runs marathons, and rides his Triumph Bonneville.

Mark D. Welliver, DNP, CRNA, ARNP

Mark Welliver, DNP, CRNA, ARNP is a Professor of Professional Practice at Texas Christian University School of Nurse Anesthesia, in Fort Worth, TX. A graduate of the Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia in 1997, he earned a Masters degree in Science from Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia in 1998 and a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from Texas Christian University in 2009. Dr. Welliver has over 15 years experience in anesthesia with extensive clinical experience in Level I trauma centers. His research endeavors encompass a wide variety of topics including a phase IIIB clinical trial of the selective relaxant binding agent Sugammadex. With over 50 peer-reviewed articles, his interests in pharmacology are apparent with topics on new and experimental drugs including fospropofol, sugammadex, and Captisol enabled propofol. Additionally, he has authored several book chapters including Chemistry and Physics in Nurse Anesthesia by Nagelhout and Plaus and Anesthesia for Intracranial Tumor Debulking and Vocal Cord Polyp Removal in Case Management in Nurse Anesthesia by Elisha. Recent work includes co-editor and author of several chapters in the new textbook Drug Interactions. He is also the section editor for Pharmacology Matters in Gastroenterology Nursing Journal and a peer reviewer for the AANA Journal. He has been a speaker and consultant to the pharmaceutical industry including Eisai Pharmaceutical, Organon, Schering-Plough, and most recently Merck.

Dr. Welliver has received numerous awards and recognitions including: The University of Florida Healthcare Special Achievement Award 2013, Clinical Instructor of the Year awarded by The Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences Nurse Anesthetist School Class of 2012, Clinical Instructor of the Year awarded by Navy Nurse Corps Anesthesia Program Class of 2009, Excellence in Clinical Leadership awarded by The University of North Florida Nurse Anesthesia Program Class of 2008, and Clinical Instructor of the Year awarded by Navy Nurse Corps Anesthesia Program Class of 2005.

Matthew D. Zinder, MS, CH, CRNA

Matthew Zinder has worked in some level of healthcare for 20 years, starting as an EMT in a volunteer fire station. He received his BS from The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in 1999. Following a 2-year experience at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Matthew attended and graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia Nurse Anesthesia Program in 2003. He went on to work at Chippenham Hospital, in Richmond, VA for 3 years.

Matthew owns and operates a mobile anesthesia practice that his father founded 33 years ago. It consists of 20 practitioners and covers 50 locations throughout the state of Maryland.

Matthew speaks at many professional conferences, both nationally and internationally, involving topics such as the business of anesthesia, hypnosis, and the practice of anesthesia. Matthew also has an active hypnotherapy practice that caters mainly to health care providers. Matthew is also the founder and director of Maryland Emergency Response, a disaster relief 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to aid victims following natural and/or man-made disasters as well as community outreach projects such as their Homeless Backpack Initiative.