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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. Tom was recently the keynote speaker at Allen College where he received the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award and was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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 leadership management skills to a group of selected CRNAs.

He is on the AANA Professional Practice Advisory Board, is a 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 values-based hiring, Tom is a national speaker, an educator, writer and author, a leadership trainer for Third River Partners and an anesthesia provider. Tom Davis is the author of 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.” Tom will continue his civility in leadership technique and ability to connect with patients, staff, and students as an adjunct professor at the doctorate level beginning September 2019. In August 2019, Mr. Davis will again be a guest speaker at the AANA National Congress being held in Chicago, II.

Tom hosts two active websites. and feature Tom’s weekly blog article that promotes CRNA leadership and elevates the nurse anesthesia profession.

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.

Mark Talon, MSN, DNP, CRNA

Dr. Mark Talon is a graduate of the University of Texas Nurse Anesthetist program and an alumnus of the inaugural class for Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Texas Christian University in 2009. He is a clinical coordinator for Shriners Hospital, Texas Christian University Nurse Anesthetist program. Past, Director of the Texas Board of Nurse Anesthetist. Nominated to the AANA Resolutions Committee 08/2016 to 08/2017 and currently serving on the AANA Bylaws Committee.

As the Chief Nurse Anesthetist for Shriners Burn Hospital for Children in Galveston I am actively involved in the peri-anesthetic and ICU care of critically ill pediatric patients resulting from burns, trauma and other related disorders. I am also actively involved in critical care research involving the resuscitation, monitoring, and ventilation of critical and unstable patients. I have had the privilege of being published in journals such as Anesthesia and Analgesia, Journal of Burns, and as a coauthor in the textbook of Total Burn Care.

Steve Wooden, DNP, CRNA, NSPM-C

Graduate of the University Tennessee College of Nursing,
The University of Nebraska Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Program, The Kansas University Medical Center Nurse Anesthesia Masters program, And, the Duke University DNP program. Managing partner of “Boone County Anesthesia Services, LLC”, a private practice anesthesia group in East Central Nebraska.

Past President and Member of the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)
Past Chairman of the Nebraska State Board of Health
Past Chairman of the Nebraska Advanced Practice Nursing Board
Recipient of the AANA Ira P. Gunn Award for professional advocacy (2009)
Recipient of the AANA Clinical Practitioner of the Year (Alice McGaw Award) (2001)
Past AANA Regional Director and Treasurer