Derek Owens, DrAP, CRNA

Assistant Professor, Director of Curriculum, Nurse Anesthesiology Program

Derek Owens DrAP, CRNA, graduated with an Associate’s degree in nursing in 2002, Bachelors of Nursing in 2004, Masters of Nurse Anesthesia in 2009, and a Doctorate of Anesthesia Practice in 2015. Subsequently in 2019 Dr. Owens completed a fellowship in Acute Surgical Pain Management at Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia.

Derek has had the opportunity to practice in a multitude of different settings from medical mission trips to the Philippines and Mexico, large hospital anesthesia groups, small community hospitals and even mobile military resuscitative surgical systems and military ships. As a military officer he held numerous leadership positions both in garrison and in deployed surgical settings. After leaving the military in 2018 he served as Chief CRNA of two different groups, both providing full practice autonomy for CRNAs.

Prior to anesthesia school, Dr. Owens was adjunct faculty at an associate degree nursing program. He has been clinical coordinator for multiple nurse anesthesiology programs and has designed and taught model and cadaver based regional anesthesia courses.

When not working, Dr. Owens can typically be found adventuring or working on home projects with his wife and their 3 young boys.