Michael S. Lord, DNP, MSN, CRNA, CCRN
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
Dr. Lord has provided anesthesia in a wide array of clinical settings ranging from the solo anesthesia provider model at an ambulatory surgery center, to community hospitals, to regional medical centers, to the anesthesia care team model at quaternary academic medical centers, to the highest acuity trauma environments in the country. His experience in such diverse areas informed his doctoral work, which was focused on “Emergency Airway Preparedness at Ambulatory Surgery Centers with Solo Anesthesia Providers.”
Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate at Penn Nursing
In the classroom, Dr. Lord challenges all learners to pull from their unique backgrounds and to value how such experiences inform individual perspectives. Subscribing to the notion that nobody knows everything and everybody knows something, he encourages every student to share professional experiences in the classroom and promotes academic discussions where students learn from each other as well as the lecturer. Dr. Lord advises and mentors many graduate and doctoral students each year.
Selected Career Highlights
- Vice President of Penn’s University Club, 2016 - 2018
- Jonas Nurse Leaders Doctoral Scholar, Yale University
- Member, Jonas Alumni Advisory Council, Yale University
- Recipient, Norma Lang Dean’s Award for Excellence in Scholarly Practice, Penn Nursing
- Recipient, Clinical Instructor of the Year, and Outstanding Student of the Year, Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists
- Primary author, “Perioperative Management of Pheochromocytoma: Focus on Magnesium, Clevidipine, and Vasopressin,” Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia