Travis Sullivan (’05) has been selected as the 2020-21 president of the 1,019-member Wisconsin Association of Nurse Anesthetists (WIANA) during the association’s annual fall conference. Sullivan, who is employed by Oshkosh-based Anesthesia Services of the Fox Valley (ASFV), earned his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Loras in May 2005 and his Master of Science (MS) in Nurse Anesthesia from Rosalind Franklin University, North Chicago, Illinois, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2012.
“Anesthesia as a whole is a very humbling yet rewarding career,” Sullivan said. “It is an honor to be named president of this outstanding professional association and to work with such an amazing group of healthcare professionals.”
CRNAs are anesthesia experts who are educated and trained to provide patient care in every type of healthcare setting where anesthesia is required for surgical, obstetrical, trauma stabilization and pain management procedures. As valued members of the patient care team, Wisconsin nurse anesthetists safely and cost-effectively administer more than 850,000 anesthetics to patients each year. During the pandemic, these airway experts have provided essential front-line services caring for patients in respiratory distress, operating ventilators, and managing intensive care units for COVID-positive patients.
In his current position with ASFV, Sullivan provides anesthesia care at medical centers, surgery centers, and clinics located in Oshkosh, Appleton, and Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. Prior to becoming a CRNA, he worked as a critical care registered nurse (RN) at Kenosha Medical Center and an intensive care RN at Appleton Medical Center, experiences that prepared him well for his career in nurse anesthesia.
“This has been a challenging year for all of us,” Sullivan said. “As anesthesia experts, many of WIANA’s members have been courageously, compassionately, and safely caring for patients on the front lines of the pandemic. The beginning of 2021 promises more of the same, even with the optimism created by the prospect of a vaccine for COVID-19 on the horizon. So my goal for this year as WIANA’s president is to continue building on CRNAs’ strengths as essential healthcare providers, both in practice and in policy, for the good of our patients and Wisconsin’s healthcare system.”
While attending Loras, Sullivan served for three years as president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and was captain of the track and field team. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing in October 2007, graduating Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. At Rosalind Franklin, Sullivan was the class president while studying for his MS.
Sullivan and his wife, Lauren, have two children and live in Oshkosh.
The WIANA is the professional organization for more than 1,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists in Wisconsin. As anesthesia experts, nurse anesthetists safely and cost-effectively administer more than 850,000 anesthetics to patients across the state each year.