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John F. Garde Researcher of the Year Award 

John F. GardeThe Researcher of the Year Award is named in memory of John F. Garde, a previous Foundation Trustee, AANA Executive Director and charter member of the AANA Foundation. John was instrumental in the creation of the Foundation and realized the importance of supporting nurse anesthesia long into the future. He was a leader whose accomplishments are remarkable by anyone’s standards. The John F. Garde Researcher of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the practice of anesthesia through research.


2018 Award

Tomás CeremugaThe Researcher of the Year Award is named in memory of John F. Garde, a previous Foundation Trustee, AANA Executive Director, and charter member of the AANA Foundation. The John F. Garde Researcher of the Year Award recognizes people who have made significant contributions to the practice of anesthesia through research. The AANA Foundation presents the prestigious 2018 John F. Garde Researcher of the Year Award to Colonel Tomas Ceremuga, PhD, MSN, CRNA. Ceremuga received his Bachelors degree in psychology at Youngstown State University and moved on to receive his MSN in Anesthesia Nursing at the University of Akron. He continued his education in the Neuroscience Program at the Uniformed Services University in Maryland. He received his PhD in 2003, leading him to become a biochemistry and pharmacology instructor in the US Army Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. A coworker of Ceremuga admires his service stating, "His research has culminated in twenty-three publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Ceremuga has been selfless in his research activities. For example, he has mentored 108 student nurse anesthetists in implementing all aspects of research." His service to his students and nurse anesthesia make him more than deserving of the John F. Garde Researcher of the Year Award.


Previous Researchers of the Year

  • 2000 - Denise Martin-Sheridan, EdD, CRNA
  • 2001 - Thomas E. Obst, PhD, CRNA
  • 2002 - Francis Gerbasi, PhD, CRNA
  • 2002 - Joseph Pellegrini, DNSc, CRNA
  • 2003 - Michele E. Gold, PhD, CRNA
  • 2004 - Karen Crawforth, PhD, CRNA
  • 2005 - Clarence Biddle, PhD, CRNA
  • 2006 - Normalynn Garrett, PhD, CRNA
  • 2007 - CAPT Charles Vacchiano, PhD, CRNA, PhD, USN (Ret), NC
  • 2008 - Michael Fallacaro, DSN, CRNA
  • 2009 - CDR John Maye, PhD, CRNA, USN, NC
  • 2010 - Charles A. Griffis, PhD, CRNA
  • 2011 - Maureen P. Reilly, PhD, MSN, MHS, CRNA
  • 2012 - Bruce Schoneboom, PhD, CRNA, FAAN
  • 2013 - Paul Austin, PhD, CRNA
  • 2014 - Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, CRNA, LAc
  • 2015 - ​Bonnie Molloy, PhD, CRNA
  • 2016 - Tamra Dukatz, MSN, CRNA
  • 2017- AANA Foundation Closed Claim Research Team

Application materials for the John F. Garde Researcher of the Year Award. 

Make a gift to the John F. Garde Endowment Fund and select JF Garde Fund from the drop down.

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