Lecturer B

Independence, diversity, equity and financial freedom drive Dr. Donte A. Flanagan. Born and raised in Chattanooga, TN, those drivers are what carried him to a successful career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Today, he is dedicated to using his experiences with time management, resilience and courage to motivate diverse students to consider what has traditionally been a homogeneous profession. As a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiologist, Dr. Flanagan serves as the Chair of the DEI committee of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), a founding member of National Black Nurses Association of Greater New York City (GNYCBNA), and president-elect of the Emory University School of Nursing Alumni Board. Through his professional work, community involvement and public speaking, Dr. D. A. Flanagan aims to serve as a prominent voice and advocate for diversity throughout the field of nurse anesthesia.

An advanced practice registered nurse in Louisiana, New York, Georgia, U. S. Virgin Islands, Alabama, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania, Dr. D. A. Flanagan has worked in 8 hospitals and medical centers over the last fifteen years. As a CRNA, he provides anesthesia to patients in the areas of electrophysiology, obstetrics, pediatrics, regional, urology, plastics, gastroenterology, neurological, thoracic, ear, nose & throat (ENT), orthopedics, cardiac, gynecology, and trauma.

“We serve to prepare leaders in nurse anesthesia at the regional, national and international levels, while inspiring individuals from all walks of life to become change agents while advocating for equity throughout the healthcare system.”


  • DNP, Columbia University, 2017
  • MSN, Samford University, 2010
  • BSN, Emory University, 2006