Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Kennedy ’03

Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Kennedy ’03

What year did you graduate from Barry University?


Which degree did you earn?

Master of Science in Anesthesiology

In a nutshell, what do you do?

I am currently serving as one of the Assistant Chief CRNA's and provide anesthesia for US Anesthesia Partners – Florida. Working primarily at the main Florida hospital campus in Orlando, I generally work night shifts with a remarkable team of CRNA's and anesthesiologists. What I particularly appreciate is the opportunity to practice anesthesia to the full extent we were taught.

What are you working on right now?

I am currently work on the natural responsibilities that comes along with management, and perhaps one day I will complete my DNP. I also have the pleasure of working on our farm and being a husband to my better 99 percent and father to three beautiful and gifted daughters.

Why do you love what you do?

I love being a CRNA because it fulfills my natural desire to make a meaningful and significant difference in someone's life. As CRNA's, we have an opportunity to accomplish this many times each day we go to work. Such opportunities are rare in most occupations, which makes me all the more thankful to be part of this profession.

How did Barry University help you get there?

I received my master’s in anesthesiology from Barry University in 2003. I am indeed grateful for the rigorous and comprehensive education Barry provides both inside the OR and in the classroom.

I formed friendships that last to today, and I will never forget the first lecture given by Dr. John McFadden, who made every lecture memorable and applicable. Another professor, Steve Clark, always expected the best from each one of his students and continually encouraged us in highly productive ways. All the many gifted classroom professors, CRNAs at ORMC, and Arnold Palmer fostered my love for anesthesia and more than prepared me for my CRNA career. They taught me a significant lesson: always remain a perpetual student.

Ironically, the more we know the more we realize how much we don't know. I love this truth about anesthesia. I owe much to my degree from Barry.

Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy