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The History of Dannemiller
Dannemiller began in 1984 as the Dannemiller Memorial Educational Foundation in San Antonio, Texas, where it remains today.
The Anesthesiology Refresher Course Lectures, the genesis of the Dannemiller Foundation's Anesthesiology Review Course, began in 1953 when Dr. Arthur B. Tarrow moved to prepare Air Force anesthesiologists for the board exams. In 1970, Dr. Joseph Dannemiller, our namesake, was informed that the Air Force could no longer continue supporting this event. Dr. Dannemiller then founded the Society of Air Force Anesthesiologists to ensure the continuation of this important educational meeting. The Dannemiller Memorial Educational Foundation was formed in his memory in 1984. In 2009, the company changed its name to Dannemiller, Inc.
Dannemiller has grown to become a leader in continuing education and has been an accredited educational provider by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) for over 30 years. In the latest survey by the ACCME, Dannemiller was awarded Accreditation with Commendation, the highest honor of accreditation by the ACCME, and that status as a provider was extended through 2016.
Dannemiller is now a jointly accredited provider with Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing EducationTM, approved to provide continuing education accreditation through Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing EducationTM is the first and only process in the world offering this benefit. This innovation promotes interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) that leads to improved health care delivery and better patient outcomes.
Dannemiller is comprised of: doctors (MDs, DOs, PhDs, and PharmDs), nurses (NPs, RNs, PhDs, & CRNAs), JDs, educators, instructional designers, continuing education accreditors, publishers, editors, meeting planners and coordinators, and a comprehensive IT and audio/visual support team.
With roots in Anesthesiology and Pain Management, Dannemiller continues to expand its offering to a wide range of specialties in the medical and supporting communities. Although Dannemiller is widely known for its own continuing medical education (CME) activities, namely our Anesthesiology and Pain Review Courses, we also partner with other educational entities to provide credit for a combined total of more than 250 medical education programs and over 90,000 credit hours in a broad range of subject-matter each year.
We are proud to offer these programs in a variety of educational modalities such as live, print, and interactive online formats. Program evaluations document that over 95% of Dannemiller CME activity participants learn something they will incorporate into their profession, meaning that we are hugely successful in producing positive results among activities intended to improve participants’ competence in their profession.
Dannemiller.com is owned and operated by Dannemiller, Inc. who funds the content on this website. Content funded by external sources are clearly identified by grantor identification.
Linda Alvers, RN, MSN
Linda Alvers is a Master’s Prepared Registered Nurse who is highly engaged in adult learning and continuing education in the healthcare arena. Linda graduated in 1974 with her BS in Nursing and in 1977 with her Masters from the University of Evansville in Southern Indiana. Immediately after graduation, she worked at Vanderbilt University before being summoned back to Evansville to teach in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at U of E. Linda arrived in New York in 1980 and began a long career in the healthcare business world, working on professional healthcare association meetings and even producing several nursing documentaries that aired on Lifetime Medical Television. Today, Linda is CEO of Dannemiller, Inc. and serves on the Education Committee and the Board of Directors of Dannemiller, Inc.
James B. Eisenkraft, MD
Dr. Eisenkraft received his BS from University of London and MD from St. Thomas' Hospital Med School, University of London. He completed his residency and fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital. He has been the editor for the AnesthesiaFile publication since 1987. Currently he is a member of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom. Fellow in Anesthesiology of The American College of Anesthesiologists. Diplomate of The American Board of Anesthesiology, Inc.
Brian T. Boies, MD, FASA
Dr. Brian Boies is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician who is appointed as an Associate Professor/Clinical in the Department of Anesthesiology at UT Health San Antonio, where he also serves as the Program Director for the Anesthesiology Residency Program. Currently, Dr. Boies divides his clinical time between anesthesiology, with a focus on acute pain and regional techniques, and outpatient chronic pain management. Dr. Boies speaks regularly at local and national meetings, including the annual meetings of AAPM&R, ASA, TSA, SIS, AAPM, TPS, and TMA’s TexMed, and is involved with several committees in many of these organizations. Dr. Boies is a strong advocate for the use of evidence-based medicine and utilizes his formal training as the editor-in-chief for PainFile.
Paul J. Christo, MD, MBA
Dr. Paul Christo is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Training Program, and the Blaustein Pain Treatment Center at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He lectures internationally, serves on journal editorial boards, teaches, co-edited 4 textbooks on pain, and has published over 100 articles and book chapters. He’s the author of “Aches and Gains”: A Comprehensive Guide to Overcoming Your Pain. Dr. Christo hosts “Aches and Gains”, an award-winning, national radio talk show on overcoming pain that airs weekly on SIRIUS XM Radio.
Gloria Herrera, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
Gloria Herrera MSN, FNP-BC has reviewed clinical content for Dannemiller since 2013. She attended the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio where she obtained a Master of Science in Nursing and has been a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2001. Ms. Herrera practices in a clinical setting and is not only proficient in general family practice but also has experience in home health, long-term care, bioidentical hormone replacement and office based opioid treatment.
David Husted, MD
David Shakespeare Husted, MD., MS., B.S. is a member of the Dannemiller Advisory Board. Dr. Husted received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Florida, College of Medicine. He interned in Psychiatry at the University of Florida and did an Orthopeadic Internership at Yale University, School of Medicine. His Residency and Fellowship was in Psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida.
Dr. Husted is currently Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis and West Palm Beach campuses in Florida. He is a member of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Dr. Husted is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Ameet Nagpal, MD, MS, MEd
Dr. Nagpal is a board certified PM&R and Pain Medicine physician who is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at UT Health San Antonio. He is the Associate Program Director of the Pain Medicine Fellowship at UT Health SA and the Medical Director of the UT Health SA Pain Medicine Clinic as well. In April of 2017, Dr. Nagpal took over as the Medical Director of Dannemiller, Inc. Dr. Nagpal speaks regularly at national meetings, including the annual meetings of AAPM&R, ASA, ASRA, SIS, and the Dannemiller Pain Medicine Review Course. His areas of ongoing research include conjoint couples therapy for chronic pain, reduction of abuse potential of opioid analgesics, and novel radiofrequency ablation procedures for sacroiliac complex pain and his primary clinical interest is in chronic pelvic pain in women.
Sandra M. Ouellette, CRNA, MEd, DSc (Hon), FAAN
Ms. Ouellette obtained a BS Degree in Biology from Guilford College, Greensboro, NC and completed her Master's In Education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Her national (AANA) professional responsibilities have included the following: Item Review Committee, Council on Certification; On-Site Visitor for Programs of Anesthesia, Council on Accreditation; and educational representative, Council on Recertification. She served on the ASA/AANA Liaison Committee and the Nominating Committee of the AANA. She served as Regional Director, Vice President, and President-Elect of the AANA and was President of the AANA from 1988-1989. She also represented AANA as an affiliate member to ANAs Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics. She was appointed to the ICN Expert Panel on Nursing Leadership in 2006 and was nominated by ANA. Ms. Ouellette has been active in the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists and served three terms as IFNA President.
Ms. Ouellette has lectured extensively at both the national and international level. She has presented at over 750 meetings in 40 states and has 78 publications to her credit including 7 chapters and 1 book. She received the Achievement Award from the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists in 1994. In 1995 she became a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. In 1996 she received the Dannemiller Award for Excellence in Anesthesiology.
At the present time, Ms.Ouellette is President of R and S Ouellette Inc, a consulting company specializing in continuing education, organizational leadership, and legal consultation. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She continues to teach at the nurse anesthesia programs at: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center; Raleigh School Of Nurse Anesthesia; and Duke University Nurse Anesthesia Program. Major responsibilities include didactic instruction in physiology, pharmacology, and anesthesia-related topics at these graduate anesthesia programs.
John Kriak, PharmD
Dr. Kriak completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1996 from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh PA. Since that time, he has become the president and CEO of CAMMCO, LLC, which is a clinical and strategic business consulting company.
Dr. Kriak has over 25 years of experience providing clinical, medical education and business consulting services by authoring numerous textbooks (for Kaplan), other publications, educational programs, courses and grants (private and state). In the past, he has taught clinical pharmacology and biostatistics at Saint Francis University as well as worked as an author and subject matter expert for Kaplan in New York. He has also helped three organizations obtain / maintain ACPE +/- ACCME continuing education accreditation.
Since 2007, Dr. Kriak has primarily been working with clinicians and technical engineers to help develop the clinical components of the Goldblatt Systems Clinical Semantic Network (CSN). He also currently works with MolecularDx scientists, clinicians and technical architects on the development of genomic and therapeutic databases, business development for clinical testing services, writing of institutional review board (IRB) protocols, grants and clinical pilot program management. For the past 25 years, he has also maintained an active role with Kaplan as an author / subject matter expert in pharmacology, microbiology, clinical epidemiology and other areas of medical / pharmacy study. In addition to these roles, Dr. Kriak has recently begun teaching at the Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine (NCOM) as an Associate Professor of Pharmacology. He is also involved in medical research at NCOM as the Director of Sponsored Projects for the institution.
Bernard Abrams, MD
Bernard Abrams, M.D. is Emeritus Professor of Neurology, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri and previous Medical Director of Dannemiller and course Chairperson for the Dannemiller Pain Review Course.
His specialty is Pain Management and he has authored numerous pain textbook chapters and journal articles as well as hundreds of lectures.
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FRANCIS JOSEPH DANNEMILLER, M.D.March 31, 1931 - April 30, 1983
Doctor Dannemiller, born in Akron, Ohio, was a graduate of Holy Cross College in 1953 and Yale University School of Medicine in 1957. He served in internship at Philadelphia General Hospital and completed his residency training in anesthesiology at Yale University School of Medicine in 1961. He entered active duty with the U.S. Air Force in 1961, as Chief, Anesthesiology Service, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, until 1963. He was assigned as Chief, Anesthesiology Service, Clark Air Force Base, in the Philippines and actively involved in the Viet Nam conflict until 1966. From this experience, he subsequently wrote a Chapter on Anesthetic Management of Casualties for the NATO War Manual, published in 1973. He was assigned to Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, again as Chief, Anesthesiology Service, from 1966 until 1970, during which time he completed a Fellowship in Anesthesiology at the University of Mississippi, in 1968. Dr. Dannemiller was assigned as Chairman and Director, Anesthesiology Residency Training Program, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in 1970. He encouraged and stimulated an interest in research by his own involvement which resulted in numerous protocols and subsequent publications.
At the time of his death, Dr. Dannemiller was President of the San Antonio Society of Anesthesiologists and held an appointment as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio. He recently served as Program Chairman for the Annual Meeting (1983) of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia which was held in Orlando, Florida, in March. He had been a member of the Launch Medical Team for the Gemini and Apollo space programs; Consultant in Anesthesiology to the USAF Surgeon General, and served as an examiner for the American College of Anesthesiologists. He formerly served as Chairman to the ASA Defense and Military Affairs Committee; as a member of the Committee on Medical Education for National Defense, the Z-79 Committee, National Standards Institute Organization; the U.S. Air Force Representative to the International Standards Organization, and served as past-president of the Military Society of Anesthesiologists
Dr. Dannemiller 's strong and abiding interest in the education of anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists was evident throughout his career. Following his retirement from the Air Force in 1979, he went into the private practice of Anesthesiology and Pain. In spite of a heavy commitment to his practice, he spent the majority of his limited free time presenting lectures and workshops, and developing and editing AnesthesiaFile. He took every opportunity to acquire new skills and techniques which would promote patient care and further the knowledge of those involved in anesthesiology, postoperative care, and intensive care.
The Society of Air Force Anesthesiologists was founded by Dr. Dannemiller in 1971. The Anesthesiology Refresher Course Lectures were begun in 1953, by Dr. Arthur B. Tarrow, Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, as a preparation for exams held by the American College of Anesthesiologists and the American Board of Anesthesiologists. The Lectures were held each year in the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center auditorium with audio-visual support and coffee provided by the Medical Center. However, in 1970, Dr. Dannemiller was informed that this support could not continue, and the Society of Air Force Anesthesiologists was founded, at his own expense, as a separate entity. In order to continue to offer this excellent review to the growing number of military and civilian physicians and nurses entering the field of Anesthesiology, the meeting was moved to the San Antonio Convention Center. As each meeting ended, he was challenged by the prospect of planning the program for the following year and he looked forward to each annual meeting with great enthusiasm.
His dedication to medicine and his devotion to teaching others in both the art and science of anesthesiology was an inspiration to all who knew him. He often commented that his primary goal was not to attempt to provide all anesthesia knowledge, but to motivate others to learn what they did not know and had a need to know. This remains the philosophy of his educational society.
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