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Program Director, Penn Nurse Anesthesia program

Michael S. Lord’s career path to becoming a nurse anesthetist and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) was realized as an adult learner after having pursued multiple other interests. Inspired by his wife, also an advanced practice nurse, he found his niche as both a certified registered nurse anesthetist and an academic


Dr. Lord’s first role in nursing was as a critical care nurse specializing in cardiothoracic intensive care. He then received his MSN in nurse anesthesia at Penn Nursing. After earning his DNP from Yale University, he joined the nurse anesthesia program faculty at Penn Nursing as a full-time lecturer. He maintains his current clinical practice with Professional Anesthesia Services of North America. 


Dr. Lord is course director or co-director for multiple courses in the Doctor of Nursing Practice for Nurse Anesthetists (DNP-NA) program. He directs “Pharmacology of Anesthetics and Accessory Drugs” (NURS580) and “Principles of Nurse Anesthesia Practice V” (NURS621) and co-directs “Applied Physiology for Nurse Anesthetists I” (NURS681), “Applied Physiology for Nurse Anesthetists II” (NURS682), and “Applied Science Related to Anesthesia” (NURS683). He is also a simulation laboratory facilitator.

“I encourage all student nurse anesthetists to share their professional experiences in the classroom and learn from each other as well as from me.” 


  • DNP, Yale University , 2015
  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania , 2011
  • BSN, Misericordia University , 2007