John Edwards, DNAP, CRNA

John M. Edwards III, DNAP, CRNA, earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University in 1996 and his Master of Science in Anesthesia from Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia in 2002. In January 2019, he completed the Acute Surgical Pain Management Fellowship from Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia. In August 2021, he completed the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree at Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia. John has been practicing at Baptist Health Lexington in Lexington, KY since 2004, where he Co-Founded and Co-Directs an Acute Pain Service. He is also the Co-Founder of Thoroughbred Anesthesia Academy and is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia in the Acute Surgical Pain Management Fellowship. John is a member of several medical professional committees such as the Baptist Health Lexington Acute Pain Committee, Baptist Health Lexington Opioid Committee, and the Baptist Opioid Safety and Ensurement (BOSE) committee. As Chair of the Acute Pain Committee, John has led the development of Baptist Health’s Acute Surgical Pain Management Guidelines and Acute Pain Order Set to provide a comprehensive approach to acute surgical pain management.

John has a passion for patient care, teaching, and leadership in anesthesia and acute surgical pain management. He spends much time in the management of an Acute Pain Service and in the development and education of other anesthesia providers to provide comprehensive acute surgical pain management that includes ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia. John has led the development of an Acute Pain Service in his facility that now provides over 5,000 regional anesthetics and peripheral nerve catheters annually.

John is a Co-Investigator on a study entitled “Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocol Demonstrates Improved Pain Control and Reduced Opioid Consumption for Women Undergoing Mastectomy with Immediate Reconstruction.” He presented this research at the American Society of Breast Surgeons 20th Annual Meeting in May 2019.  John is also a Co-Investigator on a study entitled “Retrospective Comparison of Traditional and Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocols Among Women Undergoing Mastectomy.” He presented this research at the 37TH Annual European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy Congress Dublin, Ireland September 12-15, 2018. In April 2020, John was the first author of a paper published in the Journal of Nursing Administration. It was entitled, “The Role of a Certified Registered Nurse anesthetist Led Acute Pain Service in Preventing Persistent Postoperative Opioid Use.”

John has a particular interest in the prevention of new persistent opioid use among surgical patients. He has lead projects related to reduced perioperative opioid use, reduced postoperative opioid prescribing, and safe opioid disposal that has had an impact across the state of Kentucky through all of the Baptist Health facilities. John works collaboratively with health care providers and hospital administrators and the business community to help prevent, protect, and educate others about the dangers of new persistent opioid use. In January 2022, John published a manuscript in the Journal of Nursing Administration entitled, “Surgical Patient Compliance with Healthcare Facility Provided In-home Opioid Disposal Products: A systematic Review.”

Modules/Topic Taught:

  • Foundation of Initiating an Acute Pain Service
  • Introduction to Regional Blocks
  • Lower Extremity:
    • Interscalene,
    • iPACK, PEC I/II
    • Catheter techniques for infraclavicular
  • Perinerual Catheter Indications, Techniques, and Equipment
  • Truncal