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Faculty Panel

Michael D. Fallacaro DNS, CRNA

drfallacaroDr. 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. 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.


wrightSuzanne Wright, PhD, CRNA

Suzanne M. Wright, PhD, CRNA is an Associate Professor, Vice Chair for Academic Affairs and the Director of the Center for Research in Human Simulation in the Department of Nurse Anesthesia at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Dr. Wright earned her master’s degree in nurse anesthesia and PhD in Health Related Sciences from the School of Allied Health Professions at VCU. She is the 2013 American Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ nominee to the CMS Physician Compare Quality Measurement Technical Panel and the AHRQ National Advisory Council. Dr. Wright received the AANA Doctoral Fellowship in 2007 for her work on situation awareness and the AANA Post-Doctoral Fellowship in 2010 for her study on the transfer of care process in anesthesia practice. Dr. Wright has spoken at numerous regional, national and international anesthesia conferences including the 2011 Thoracic Anesthesia Conference at China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing and grand rounds at Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital in Hangzhhou, China. Her professional and research interests include performance improvement, teamwork development and evaluation, and simulation in higher education.


Chuck Biddle PhD, CRNA

Chuck Biddle  Nurse Anesthesia

Dr. Biddle arrived at the VCU campus in August of ’99 as Professor and Director of Research. His basic nursing education was obtained at the University of Southern Colorado, after which he went on to obtain his anesthesia education, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. While teaching at the University of Kansas’ Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia he obtained his PhD (emphasis areas: research methods and epidemiology) and in 1992, assumed the role of Chief Nurse Anesthetist at Dartmouth Medical School and Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire.



dmaicoNickie Damico, MSNA, CRNA

Nickie Damico holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia degrees, both from Virginia Commonwealth University and joined their faculty in October, 2010. Mrs. Damico is a practicing anesthetist with Commonwealth Anesthesia Associates, providing anesthesia services at CJW Medical Center, Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center and the Virginia Eye Institute. Mrs. Damico’s research interests include patient safety, human simulation and the use of technology in didactic education.