Chuck Reese, Ph.D., CRNA
Chuck Reese, CRNA, PhD
Dr. Reese recently retired as an Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical College of Virginia Physicians/Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, VA. A perpetual student, he holds a BS degree in Nursing, a BS in Nurse Anesthesia, an MBA in Health Services Management, a Ph.D. in Health Services Administration, and a second Ph.D. in Adult Education.
His research interests center on clinical applications of regional anesthesia. Dr. Reese has had a career-long interest in teaching regional anesthesia which has resulted in the presentation of more than three-hundred professional papers at Continuing Education seminars, conventions, and workshops nationally and internationally. He has published numerous professional papers and, as a member of the AANA's original Ad Hoc Committee on Regional Anesthesia, helped develop and currently serves on the core faculty of a series of post-graduate clinical workshops which offer didactic review and "hands-on" practical application of Spinal, Epidural, and Upper Extremity techniques and Obstetric review. He is the author/editor of a series of monographs for the AANA Research Foundation. Two monographs (Blocks of the Upper Extremity and Spinal/Epidural Techniques) have been published to date. The Spinal/Epidural manual is in its third edition.
He completed a 3-decade-long career in the US Navy Nurse Corps with the rank of Captain. While on active duty, he was one of the original five Navy Nurses selected to participate in the Navy Healthcare Professional program which designated non-physicians to hold executive positions in the Navy Medical Department throughout the world and at sea. He subsequently served as Director of Contingency Operations and Assistant Chief of Staff of the Naval Regional Medical Command, Great Lakes, Illinois and Director of Anesthesia Programs at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.
He has served on several national-level committees of the AANA. As a member of the original Continuing Education Committee, he facilitated the development of the mandatory Continuing Education program - the first such program in the nursing profession. As a member of the AANA JOURNAL Editorial Review Board, he conceived of and initiated the first "Journal Continuing Education Course". He authored the inaugural offering for this program.
During his affiliation with the US Navy's Nurse Anesthesia Program, he established the clinical program at the Naval Hospital, San Diego and served as its first Coordinator. He subsequently served as the Program's Clinical Coordinator at the Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, VA. He was the first CRNA to be stationed aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS NIMITZ. During his initial tour, he was decorated for his role in caring for more than 100 casualties of the Navy's worst peacetime aircraft flight-deck disaster. During a clinical practice spanning more than four decades, he served as staff and as Chief Anesthetist at numerous treatment facilities and foreign deployments.
He received the Dannemiller Educational Foundation Annual Award for Excellence in Anesthesiology (2002) and recently became the first CRNA to have been recognized by the AANA with all three of its top prestigious honors; the Alice McGaw Clinical Practitioner Award (2000), the Helen Lamb Outstanding Educator Award (2006), and the Agatha Hodgins Award for Outstanding Accomplishment (2016); the first CRNA to have received all three of the top AANA
His hobbies include restoration of antique automobiles.