Nursing Professor Earns Prestigious Research Award From AANA Foundation

APRIL 17, 2014 – A Georgetown University nursing professor has earned the John F. Garde Researcher of the Year Award from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation.

Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, CRNA, LAc, associate professor of nursing and assistant director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, will be recognized at the association’s annual meeting this September in Florida.

“Those who have won the award before me are some of the greatest minds in our field,” Eshkevari says.  “To be recognized as one of them is not only a dream come true, but an absolute honor and privilege.

Greatest Contributions

Donna Jasinski, PhD, CRNA, director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program, nominated Eshkevari, who has served on the faculty since 1997.  In addition to being a nurse anesthetist, Eshekvari is a physiologist and licensed acupuncturist.

“Ladan’s greatest contributions have been in her novel findings as a CRNA scientist in identifying physiologic markers for chronic painful stress that are modulated by acupuncture,” Jasinski wrote in the nomination letter.

She noted that Eshkevari’s findings have been published in Experimental Biology and Medicine and the Journal of Endocrinology and covered in popular publications such as National Geographic, TIME magazine, and the Huffington Post.

Supporting Nurse Anesthesia

“All of the media attention on her work is not only well deserved, but has helped highlight the rigor of science performed by a CRNA,” Jasinski said.  “Ladan’s work has showcased the foundation’s funding activities, and this is truly a major contribution not just to science but also to the profession of nurse anesthesia.”

The award honors the memory of John F. Garde, MS, CRNA, FAAN, a former foundation trustee, AANA executive director, and charter member of the foundation.

“He was a leader whose accomplishments are remarkable by anyone’s standards,” the foundation’s Web site says.

By Bill Cessato