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Debra Malina, DNSc, MBA, CRNA, ARNP

Debra Pecka Malina, DNSc, MBA, CRNA is Assistant Director of Clinical Education and an Assistant Professor in the Barry University Master of Science Program in Anesthesiology . Originally from Cleveland, OH, Dr. Malina earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida International University, her Master of Science in Anesthesiology from Barry University, a Master of Science in Business Administration from Madison University and a Doctorate in Nursing Science from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC).

Prior to joining the Barry faculty, Dr. Malina was a clinician in the Memphis, TN area. She also was faculty in the UTHSC Nurse Anesthesia Concentration Option, a lecturer at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and clinical instructor of nurse anesthesia students. She was an Advanced Practice Nurse member of the Tennessee Board of Nursing.

Dr. Malina has served on numerous committees of both her state and national associations. She served as President of the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and as a Regional Director and Treasurer of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). She was president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) 2011-2012 (please visit our August 2011 news page on She currently serves as the Lead Coordinator of the Nursing Organizations Alliance (NOA), and co-chair of the Government Relations Committee of the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Dr. Malina’s interests include policy and politics in nursing and healthcare, professional advocacy and advancement, interdisciplinary collaboration and simulation and patient safety-event reporting mechanisms.

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