Apr 04 2024

Dr. Richard Henker

Secretary of the Permanent Council

Dr. Henker, PhD, CRNA, FAANA, FAAN, is a Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing in the Department of Nurse Anesthesia.  He has been a visiting faculty member at Harbin Medical University in China, Mahidol University in Bangkok, Nakon Phanom University in Thailand, National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, Keio University, and the International University of Health and Welfare in Japan. He has coordinated developing nurse anesthesia programs through Health Volunteers Overseas in Belize, Cambodia, Laos, and Bhutan. He and many DNP nurse anesthesia students have collaborated with the Ministries of Health in Bhutan, Belize, Cambodia, and Laos on workforce, standards of practice, infection prevention control, and education projects. Dr. Henker is currently the Chair of the Practice Committee for the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists. Dr. Henker’s research at the University of Pittsburgh has focused on genomics related to postoperative pain and malignant hyperthermia in addition to projects on thermoregulation. Dr. Henker has been a member and chair of the American Nurses Association Practice Standards committee, and he is a site evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


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