Michael D. Fallacaro, DNS, CRNA, FAAN is a tenured full professor and Director of Special Projects. 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 Chair of the VCU Department of Nurse Anesthesia from July 1998 until January 2019. He also served as Co-Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at the State University of New York at 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, 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 in and amongst the coalfields of Appalachia. He also served as CEO of Nurse Anesthesiology Faculty Associates, a CE division in the 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 and Past President of the New York State Association of Nurse Anesthetists. He serves as a Educator Director on 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. In 2015, he was named as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, joining more than 2,400 nursing leaders who make up the academy.
Dedicating more than half of his 40-year career as a CRNA to anesthesia education and research, Fallacaro was also honored as the 2008 Researcher of the Year by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation.