Garry Brydges, PhD, DNP, MBA, CRNA, ACNP-BC, FAAN
Garry Brydges is the Chief Nurse Anesthetist and Director of Anesthesia
Quality & Outcomes at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, overseeing a
group of over 110 CRNAs. He is also adjunct faculty at University of Texas
and Baylor College of Medicine Nurse Anesthesia Programs. He continues a
passion for teaching and precepting students in focused areas of
neuroanesthesia, and his acute care nurse practitioner expertise in
cardiovascular surgery. He has been performing opioid sparing and non-
inhalation anesthesia for nearly a decade in his current practice.
Garry graduated from the University of Texas Nurse Anesthesia Program and
was the recipient of the Agatha Hodgins Outstanding Graduate Award. He has
an extensive academic background also graduating from the University of
Texas Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program before nurse anesthesia
training, concentrating in cardiovascular surgery. He completed his DNP at
Texas Christian University in 2011, focusing research in Preoperative
Considerations for the Heart Failure Patient with Cardiac Resynchronization
His other degrees include an Executive MBA, and a PhD in Financial
Management and Economics in Healthcare Delivery, at Texas Woman’s
University. He was inducted in 2018 as a Fellow into American Academy of
Nursing for his work in Opioid-Sparing Strategies.
Garry is a past AANA President and currently serves as an NBCRNA Director.
He is a tireless advocate for CRNAs and the Nurse Anesthesia profession. He
is one of the most versatile and popular CRNA speakers.