Margaret "Peggy" Contrera, DNP, RN, CRNA, FAANA

Assistant Professor
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

  • Anatomy, physiology and pathophsiology of the heart and vascular system
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement
  • Coronary artery disease and perioperative myocardial Ischemia and infarction
  • Basic and advanced EKG
  • Transesophageal echo from the CRNA perspective
  • Practical anesthetic management of cardiac surgery
  • Mechanical circulatory assist devices
  • Anesthetic management of open and endovascular procedures on the aorta
  • Restrictive lung disease
  • Ventilator management
  • One- lung ventilation
  • Antidysrhythmics drugs

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia

Awards and Honors

Jack L. Kless Award for Outstanding Didactic Instruction
CRNA Legacy Award
Del Portzer Award for Outstanding Clinical Instruction
Leadership and Service Award


  • Contrera, M., Shockley, L. & Applebee, J. "Anesthesia for Cardiac Surgery." In S. Elisha, J. Heiner & J. Nagelhout (Eds.), Nurse Anesthesia. 7th ed. St. Louis: Elsevier; 2023: pp. 516-573.
  • Contrera, M., Patterson, M., & Shockley, L. "Anesthesia for Cardiac Surgery." In J. Nagelhout & S. Elisha (Eds.), Nurse Anesthesia. 6th ed. St. Louis: Elsevier; 2018: pp. 479-524.
  • Contrera, M., Patterson, M., & Cushing, M. "Anesthesia for Cardiac Surgery." In J. Nagelhout & K. Plaus (Eds.), Nurse Anesthesia. 5th ed. St. Louis: Elsevier; 2014: pp. 510-560
  • Contrera, M. & Cushing, M. Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement. AANA J. 2013 Oct;81(5):399-408.


DNP, Nursing
The University of Akron
Master of Science
Case Western Reserve University
Nurse Anesthesia
Cleveland Clinic School of Nurse Anesthesia
Bachelor of Science in Nursing with honors
The Ohio State University