Michael Vollman, PhD, RN

Michael Vollman, PhD, RN, is a full-time faculty member at Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia (MTSA). Prior to joining the faculty at MTSA, Dr. Vollman served on the faculties at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. Dr. Vollman has a 20-year history of teaching research and evidence-based practice courses at the master’s and doctoral levels. He also serves as mentor to junior nursing faculty at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Throughout his career, Dr. Vollman has conducted research in, and extensively studied, psychosocial factors that potentially impact both acute and chronic health issues. As a result of those experiences, he developed a deep interest in the impact of spiritual/religious beliefs on health outcomes. In fact, his PhD dissertation focused on the effects of spiritual/religious beliefs on the ways individuals diagnosed with congestive heart failure cope with the realities of their illness.

In addition to his faculty role, Dr. Vollman is an ordained clergyman in the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky, where he serves at Trinity Episcopal Church in Russellville, KY, and at Trinity Episcopal Church in Owensboro, KY. He also serves as a community hospital and hospice chaplain in the Nashville area. Dr. Vollman lives in Nashville and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities – especially organic gardening, hiking, and cycling.

  • Spiritual and Cultural Dimensions of Acute Pain
  • Evidence-Based Acute Pain Management