2018 Fall Conference Speakers
Andy Hale, MPA, Vice President, Advocacy Nebraska Hospital Association
Andy brings a unique experience of having worked in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of federal government. He has over 20 years of experience in public policy and government relations. He currently serves as Vice President of Advocacy for the Nebraska Hospital Association where he is responsible for federal and state related policy issues that impact Nebraska hospitals and health systems.
Andy previously worked for U.S. Congressman Brad Ashford where he specialized in healthcare policy, business development, and veterans' affairs. Andy also worked as legislative aide in the Nebraska Legislature’s 8th Legislative District. He was also a Federal Probation Officer for the District of Nebraska and worked as a Federal Agent for the United States Border Patrol.
Andy holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University and has a Bachelor’s from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
William E. Thorell, MD
William (Bill) E. Thorell, MD is Co-director of the Stroke and Neurovascular Center at Nebraska Medicine and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Thorell received his BA with distinction in Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1992. He earned his MD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with highest distinction, where he also completed his internship and residency in Neurosurgery. He completed two years of fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio in Endovascular Neurosurgery.
In addition to maintaining a general neurosurgery practice encompassing the management of patients with trauma of the brain, skull and spine, tumors of the brain, skull base and spine and peripheral nerve problems, Dr. Thorell is very interested in vascular disorders of the central nervous system, such as acute stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage from cerebral aneurysms, vascular malformations (i.e. arteriovenous malformations, cerebral cavernous malformations), and occlusive disease of the carotid and vertebral arteries.
His interests also include disorders such as Chiari malformation, hydrocephalus, pseudotumor cerebri and minimally invasive brain operations.
Dr. Thorell has been instrumental in the development of The Stroke and Neurovascular Center, an inter-disciplinary medical team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine.
Lois Stewart, PhD, CRNA
Lois Stewart, PhD, CRNA has a long history of educational instruction as a registered nurse and a nurse anesthetist. Prior to Marian University, she was in the part-time employ of Virginia Commonwealth University's nurse anesthesia department. Her endeavors within that program included: clinical site coordinator at three separate facilities, adjunct clinical faculty, didactic and lab/simulation instruction, co-coordinator of the Abingdon, VA distance campus, developer and didactic curriculum coordinator for the new Roanoke, VA distance campus, project manager for a HRSA grant for VCU to explore interprofessional education initiatives, and an adjunct faculty appointment. Didactic instruction included content in pharmacology, physiology, physical assessment, pathophysiology, neurological assessment, in addition to, multiple clinical anesthesia topics, laboratory assessments, skills labs and simulation instruction.
Stewart is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the Indiana State Nurses Association, the Indiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and the Omega chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. She is practicing anesthesia in the Indianapolis area in one of the clinical affiliate hospitals for the Marian University DNP Nurse Anesthesia program. Her areas of interest for anesthesia and research include: critical resources for nurse anesthesia education programs, pain physiology, multimodal pain regimens, ketamine pharmacology, prediction of perioperative cardiac events via 4th generation troponin measurement, treatment of pain in premature neonates, and interprofessional education.
Stewart is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the Indiana State Nurses Association, the Indiana Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and the Omega chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. She is practicing anesthesia in the Indianapolis area in one of the clinical affiliate hospitals for the Marian University DNP Nurse Anesthesia program.
Special areas of anesthesia and research that Ms. Stewart has interest in include: critical resources for nurse anesthesia education programs, pain physiology, multimodal pain regimens, ketamine pharmacology, prediction of perioperative cardiac events via 4th generation troponin measurement, treatment of pain in premature neonates, and interprofessional education.
John A. Fetcho, CPCU, ARM
John Fetcho, CPCU, ARM, is the director of AANA Insurance Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. John has been with AANA Insurance Services for the past 24 years. Prior to that, John worked at an agency that specialized in insurance programs for advance practice nursing associations. John started his insurance career with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. where he spent 10 years, part of which was working as a broker at Lloyd’s of London.
Michael Burns, CRNA
Michael Burns graduated from the Bryan/KUMC Nurse Anesthesia Program in December 2000. He has been the Director of Anesthesia at PCRMC for 17 years in Rolla, MO. He received his DNAP from Missouri State University in 2017. His practice and research focus is Acute Pain Management and Enhanced recovery after surgery protocols.
Aru Panwar, MD
Aru Panwar MD, FACS, is a board certified surgeon who specializes in care of patients with head and neck cancer. Dr Panwar grew up in New Delhi, India and graduated at the top of his medical school class at University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, India.
He completed his surgical residency at Creighton University, Omaha and obtained advanced fellowship training in head and neck oncologic surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha.
Dr Panwar’s practice is focused on prevention, diagnosis and treatment for head and neck cancers. His clinical interests include thyroid and parathyroid disease, trans-oral laser and robotic surgery for head and neck cancers. Dr Panwar’s current research is directed towards understanding factors that impact patient outcomes in head and neck oncology, quality of care, and cancer survivorship.