The Respiratory Compromise Institute (RCI) has appointed a new member to its Clinical Advisory Committee. Brent Dunworth, DNP, MBA, APRN, CRNA, director of Advanced Practice and division chief of Nurse Anesthesia in the Department of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, will join 13 other members at the RCI committee.

He will join a group of thirteen distinguished clinicians who make up the committee, which is dedicated to addressing respiratory compromise across the care continuum via public education, research and advocacy.

“As the Respiratory Compromise Institute continues to grow, we are pleased to have someone on our clinical advisory committee of Dr Dunworth’s caliber,” said, Phillip Porte, Executive Director of RCI. “We are confident that his nearly 20 years of clinical experience and increasingly responsible leadership at renowned US healthcare centers will enhance our understanding of the impact of anesthesia on respiratory compromise, deepen our advisory talent bench and enrich and expand our research capabilities.”At VUMC, Dr. Dunworth provides administrative leadership to advanced practice perioperative professionals, including certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) and certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs).

“I am excited to join the Respiratory Compromise Institute’s clinical advisory committee, where I hope my expertise in nurse anesthesia will add to the committee’s already impressive clinical thought leadership,” Dunworth said. “Practitioners at every level should be well versed in how to recognize and respond to respiratory compromise, which, if identified early, may lower healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes.”