Christine DeSilva, CRNA

Christine DeSilva, CRNA

Christine "Chrissy" DeSilva earned a hospital- based Diploma of Nursing, then her Bachelors of Nursing, followed by six and half years working in the Pediatric ICU. She entered anesthesia school and in 1993 she earned her Masters of Science in Anesthesia from the University of Michigan-Flint. Subsequently she worked in a variety of areas including Detroit, Baltimore, Atlanta and Flint, where she had the opportunity to work as an independent practitioner and well as in the care team model. Chrissy moved to Tucson Arizona in 2007 with her husband and family and took a position at the University of Arizona Medical Center as a staff CRNA. Christine's professional career as a CRNA changed when she was recruited and selected to be one of the first CRNAs to work with Southern Arizona Anesthesia. She is privileged to be playing such an instrumental role in helping to expand upon the CRNA career opportunities in Tucson. Her experience with SAA has been positive on so many levels. She was welcomed with open arms and the Chief CRNA has gone above and beyond in developing an outstanding CRNA program. It has been an honor for her to work and collaborate with such a solid, experienced team of anesthesiologists and CRNAs. Over the past few years, after the birth of her son who has Trisomy 21, Christine has become passionately involved in supporting Down syndrome cognition research. She attends yearly conferences and enjoys sharing and explaining the science behind the research to local families as well as hundreds of other families across the country through social media groups. This involvement recently inspired her to collaborate on an anesthesia research project with the DNP Nurse Anesthesia Program at the University of Arizona, and was recently published in the December 2021 American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology Journal.