Dr. Larson specializes in cardiothoracic anesthesia and she has administered anesthesia to over 15,000 patients undergoing cardiac, thoracic or major vascular surgery. Dr. Sandra Larson received her BSN from the University of Illinois, her MS in Nurse Anesthesia from Rush University, and her PhD in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois. She is passionate about cardiac anesthesia, safety in anesthesia, teaching, research, and the profession of nurse anesthesia.
Dr. Larson is a former CRNA Director of Cardiovascular Anesthesia Services at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, Joliet, Illinois, and clinical instructor for the Northshore University Health System School of Nurse Anesthesia. She has served as a Team On-Site Reviewer for the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, and as Chairman of the Illinois Association of Nurse Anesthetists Government Relations Committee.
Dr. Larson is distinguished to be the first nurse anesthetist to be listed as a lead author for research published in the Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia, and is a published researcher with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist’s ongoing Closed Claims Study of safety in anesthesia. Dr. Larson joined the team at Anesthesia Abstracts in 2010, and focuses predominantly on research in the area of cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesia.
Dr. Larson's background in policy studies resulted in her scientifically investigating how the AANA and the ASA lobbied to influence the outcome of the proposed federal regulation dealing with CRNA scope-of-practice that ultimately culminated in the development of the opt-out regulation. For nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists Dr. Larson’s research documents an important aspect of each profession’s history. Her research also contributes new knowledge to the social science literature on how professions develop.