Cormac O'Sullivan, PhD, CRNA, ARNP, FAANA

Professor (Clinical); Director, Anesthesia Nursing Program; Senior Advisor, SIM-IA Program

Dr. Cormac O’Sullivan has been teaching nurse anesthesia at the University of Iowa since 1996. In 2009, he was selected to be the director of the program and transitioned it to one of the first Doctor of Nursing Practice anesthesia nursing programs in the country. Dr. O’Sullivan received the Collegiate Teaching Award from the UI College of Nursing in 2018 and the Anesthesia Program Director of the Year award from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists in 2019. He developed the first ever crisis simulation workshops held at the AANA annual meeting. He loves teaching current and future CRNAs. Dr. O'Sullivan developed and is currently a senior advisor for the Simulation in Motion - Iowa (SIM-IA) program which brings crisis management simulation to rural emergency medical services and other critical access providers throughout Iowa

Dr. O’Sullivan is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and a member of the Iowa Association of Nurse Anesthetists. He is a past president of the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA), a member of the editorial board of the AANA Journal, a program reviewer for the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), and serves on multiple committees and task forces for the AANA foundation. He absolutely loves his career as a nurse anesthetist and an educator. He is an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and all Chicago sports teams. 

Curriculum Vitae

Research areas
  • Perioperative crisis simulation and team dynamics
  • Leadership development for CRNAs
  • Health services; health economics; and cost effectiveness
  • Quality and safety of perioperative care
Cormac O'Sullivan
PhD in Health Services and Policy, College of Public Health, University of Iowa
MSN, DePaul University
Certificate in Anesthesia, Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center
BSN, University of Iowa