Margaret Contrera, DNP, RN, CRNA

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

  • Anatomy and physiology 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: Basic and advanced cardiac life support

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia

Awards and Honors

Del Portzer Award for Outstanding Clinical Instruction
Leadership and Service Award


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.


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