Michael D. Fallacaro DNS, CRNA
Chairman Department of Nurse Anesthesia
VCU School of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Nurse Anesthesia
1200 E. Broad St. Box 980226
Richmond, VA 23298-0026
Phone: (804) 828-9808
Dr. Michael D. Fallacaro assumed the position as Chairman for the Department of Nurse Anesthesia effective July 1, 1998 and is a tenured full professor. Dr. Fallacaro received his BSN from D'Youville College, Buffalo, New York in 1977, a BS in Anesthesia from George Washington University, Washington D.C. in 1981 and his MS and Doctorate in Nursing Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1984 and 1994 respectively. Dr. Fallacaro was the previous Co-Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program in Buffalo. He has authored and co-authored nearly 40 journal articles, book chapters, and research abstracts in publications such as the AANA Journal, the American Surgeon, the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the Journal of Nursing Care Quality. Recognized as a committed academician and clinician, he has lectured across the nation on topics relating to human factors and patient safety, the anesthesia workforce, and doctoral education. In addition, his professional achievements include securing more than 2.25 million dollars in grant funding for healthcare related training and research with emphasis on the medically underserved. He now also serves as CEO of Nurse Anesthesiology Faculty Associates, a CE division in his department.
Dr. Fallacaro is a two-time past Chair of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Education Committee, past Chair of the AANA Foundation and past member of the New York State Board for Nursing. He currently serves as Vice Chair on the AANA's Perioperative Task Force, the editorial review board for the AANA Journal, as a member of the AANA Foundation Research Committee, and a team reviewer for the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. Dr. Fallacaro is one of the original founders of "Comprehensive Nurse Anesthesia Associates," a locum tenens nurse anesthesia company in Western New York.
Dedicating more than half of his 30-year career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) to anesthesia research and education, Fallacaro was honored as 2008 Researcher of the Year by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Foundation.
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