The faculty members of the USC Program of Nurse Anesthesia are widely recognized as experts in the field. Our program administrative faculty are actively involved in the academic and clinical curriculum providing an outstanding opportunity for graduate students in a variety of mentored scholarly venues. The program boasts 75+ CRNA and MD faculty offering exemplary instruction within academic and clinical settings.

Charles Griffis
Charles Griffis
Clinical Instructor of Anesthesiology (Part-Time) )
Los Angeles

Increased Central Nervous System Interleukin-8 in a Majority Postlaminectomy Syndrome Chronic Pain Population Pain Med. 2018 May 01; 19(5):1033-1043. . View in PubMed

Cerebrospinal Fluid Cytokines and Neurotrophic Factors in Human Chronic Pain Populations: A Comprehensive Review Pain Pract. 2016 Feb; 16(2):183-203. . View in PubMed

Chronic Pain and Decreased Opioid Efficacy: An Inflammatory Link Pain Manag Nurs. 2015 Oct; 16(5):819-31. . View in PubMed

Opioid treatment of experimental pain activates nuclear factor-? B. J Opioid Manag. 2015 Mar-Apr; 11(2):115-25.. View in PubMed

Acute painful stress and inflammatory mediator production Neuroimmunomodulation. 2013; 20(3):127-33. . View in PubMed

Neuroimmune activation and chronic pain AANA J. 2011 Feb; 79(1):31-7. . View in PubMed

Implications of immune function to anesthesia care AANA J. 2008 Dec; 76(6):449-54. . View in PubMed

Pain-related activation of leukocyte cellular adhesion molecules: preliminary findings Neuroimmunomodulation. 2007; 14(5):224-8. . View in PubMed

The effect of pain on leukocyte cellular adhesion molecules Biol Res Nurs. 2006 Apr; 7(4):297-312. . View in PubMed

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Academic and Support Faculty

  • Karen Embrey Edwards, CRNA, EdD
  • Judith Franco, CRNA, EdD
  • Charlotte Garcia, CRNA, EdD
  • Charles Griffis, CRNA, PhD
  • Jennifer Hogan, CRNA, MS
  • Erica McCall, CRNA, MS, MPH
  • Robert Olson, CRNA, DNAP
  • Tahira Smith-Aifesehi, CRNA, EdD
  • Regalado Valerio Jr. CRNA, DNP