Thomas J. Pallaria

Thomas J. Pallaria, DNP, APN/CRNA

Anesthesia Program Director and Assistant Professor
Division of Advanced Nursing Practice

An established and respected leader in both the education of nurse anesthetists and the building of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist practice across Northern New Jersey, Thomas Pallaria, DNP, APN/CRNA, is Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at the Rutgers School of Nursing.

Before his appointment to the permanent director’s position in 2016, Dr. Pallaria served for a year as interim director. He is a 2013 graduate of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Rutgers University (formerly the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey).

Dr. Pallaria was co-founder of the UMDNJ Nurse Anesthesia Program in 2004; he served there until the merger with Rutgers. As a member of graduate faculty for more than 13 years, he has taught every course offered in Nurse Anesthesia. 

Deeply aware of the field’s constant evolution, and therefore the need to regularly adjust the approach to nurse anesthetist education, Dr. Pallaria strives to anticipate essential curriculum changes.  He participated in the curriculum and policy revisions leading to the successful application to the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs to award the DNP degree. 

During his tenure as Assistant Program Director and Director of Clinical Education, Dr. Pallaria engineered expansion of the program’s clinical sites from three in 2004 to 17 by 2017. As Interim Program Director at Rutgers, he initiated the reaccreditation process, started a faculty development procedure to build a cadre of full-time and consistent adjunct faculty, and commenced a program review process.

Dr. Pallaria has extensive clinical experience and a record of clinical innovation as well as valuable hospital partnerships. With 11 years of CRNA experience at The University Hospital, in 2011 he joined Newark Beth Israel Medical Center as the first CRNA on staff. There, he worked with hospital management and the medical staff to grow the CRNA complement to 24, of which he is the Chief Nurse Anesthetist. Under Dr. Pallaria’s guidance, 70% of the anesthetics in perioperative surgery at that hospital are delivered by CRNAs.  He has most recently taken on the role of Chief CRNA at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, to once again introduce CRNA practice into their anesthesiology department.

As a lecturer for the Perioperative Health Division in the RWJ Barnabas Health System, Dr. Pallaria delivers quarterly lectures to the perioperative nursing staff.  He presents regularly at the New Jersey Association of Nurse Anesthetists symposia and colloquia, and at Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Collaboratives.

In addition to his DNP from Rutgers, Dr. Pallaria earned a master’s in anesthesia at Columbia University in 2000, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Farleigh Dickinson University in 1995, and a bachelor of science degree (with a dual major in business and psychology) from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989.

School of Nursing
Stanley S. Bergen Building, Room SSB 11-06
65 Bergen Street
Newark, NJ 07107

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