APSF Committee on Education & Training APSF Patient Engagement Workgroup
Maria van Pelt, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, FAANA is a Clinical Professor at Northeastern University. Van Pelt has maintained an active clinical practice since receiving her certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in 1998, and has practiced as a CRNA in a variety of healthcare delivery organizations in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Van Pelt currently practices at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.
Van Pelt is widely regarded as an expert, scholar and leader in patient safety. Her seminal impact has been through national and international advancement of the healthcare profession through advocacy, education, research and policy development related to the aftermath of adverse events by uncovering the compelling need for clinician peer support and wellness. Van Pelt’s research and scholarship reflect her deep interest in fostering a culture of safety within the healthcare practice environment.
Van Pelt is a 2012 American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology Foundation Doctoral Fellow and a 2014 American Hospital Association / National Patient Safety Foundation Patient Safety/Leadership Fellow. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology.
Van Pelt earned her BSN from Holy Family University, her MS from St. Joseph’s University, a post master’s certificate in teaching from the University of Pennsylvania and her MSN and PhD from Villanova University.