Dan Simonson, CRNA, recently retired (August 2014) as the Chief anesthetist and managing partner of the Spokane Eye Surgery Center in Spokane, Washington. During his 28-year career at Spokane Eye, he successfully managed a 5-Operating Room Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) that at the time of his retirement performs 9,000 ophthalmic surgery procedures annually. In addition, in his 28 years he provided ophthalmic anesthesia to over 90,000 patients.
Dan has lectured and published widely on the subject of anesthesia outcomes, ophthalmic anesthesia, ASC management and compliance, improving Board performance, and reimbursement issues. His most recent published work is “CRNA Prescribing Practices: The Washington State Experience” published 2011 in the AANA Journal. His 2007 article, Anesthesia Staffing and Anesthetic Complications During Cesarean Delivery (Nursing Research, 2007) was utilized in a recent Cochrane Review entitled Physician anaesthetists versus non-physician providers of anaesthesia for surgical patients (Cochrane Collaboration, 2014).
In addition to his CRNA degree, Mr. Simonson has a Master’s degree in Health Policy and Administration from Washington State University, where he is currently Adjunct Faculty in both the Health Policy and Administration Department and the School of Nursing. He is past President of the Washington Association of Nurse Anesthetists, on the Board of Directors of the Washington Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (WASCA) and has served as Director of Region 5 of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (2009-2011).
Dan is currently practicing anesthesia in ASCs in the Spokane area as well as teaching Health Policy at WSU Spokane and serving as a Pro Tem member of the Washington Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.