Areas of Expertise
Evidence Based Practice
Anesthesia Patient Safety
1997 University of Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee Master of Science in Nursing
1985 Uniformed Services University of the Health
Bethesda, Maryland Ph.D., Physiology
1976 Fairfax Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia
Falls Church, Virginia CRNA
1974 Loretta Heights College
Denver, Colorado BS, Nursing
1969 Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing
Boston, Massachusetts RN
Dr. McCarthy retired in 2007 from the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps where she worked in health policy and education for the Health and Human Services Administration. During her time in the Commissioned Corps she worked as a regulatory scientist for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), reviewing anesthesia and respiratory medical devices in the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health, as the Scientific Advisor to the FDA Associate Commissioner and as the Science Education Advisor for the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
To better meet the anesthesia health care needs of the Uniformed Services, she developed the congressionally mandated nurse anesthesia program for the Uniformed Services University (1993-2000) which now educates nurse anesthetists for the Army, Navy, Air Force and US Public Health Service. In 2004, because of the shortage of nurse anesthetists and the lack of a nurse anesthesia educational program in the state of Maryland, she developed a nurse anesthesia program for the University of Maryland School of Nursing where she continues part-time as an educational grants consultant for the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Dr. McCarthy has been a member of the MHAUS Professional Advisory Committee since 1987 and was one of the first nurse anesthetists to be recognized as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 1994. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetist is active with the District of Columbia Association of Nurse Anesthetists (DCANA) where she has directed the DCANA Annual Anesthesia Safety Conference for the past 20 years for over 200 CRNAs and students each year from around the country. She obtained her doctorate in Physiology from the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in Bethesda, MD in 1985 and her nurse anesthesia education at the Fairfax Hospital Nurse Anesthesia Program in Falls Church, VA in 1976.
Presently, Dr. McCarthy has a part-time academic appointment and is teaching graduate nursing students at the University of North Florida, Drexel University and University of Maryland. She works mostly from home and really enjoys the commute. She is a strong proponent of healthy living and plays tennis as much as possible.
Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (1995-present)
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (Member 1976-present), AANA Region 6 Director (2000-02), Resolutions Committee (1997-98), Education Committee (1996-97, 1998-99), Editorial Committee (1987 85), Scientific Editor (1987 95), Federal Services Task Force
American Nurses Association (1995-present)
American Military Surgeons of the United States (1989-2000)
US Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Association,1986-present.
Guest Editor, Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Forum, (1995-2000)
Scientific Editor, AANA Journal, (1987-95)
Editor, Military Medicine, (1989-94)
District of Columbia Association of Nurse Anesthetists (1985-Present), President (1987-1989), Vice President (1985-87), Secretary (1995-2000), Director (1989-95).
District of Columbia Nurses Association (1995-present)
District of Columbia Metropolitan Area Commissioned Officer Association (1986-present)
Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association (1969-present)
Sigma Theta Tau International, Iota Epsilon Chapter (1989-present)
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Alumni Association
(Treasurer - 1995-1999)
2009 Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs Certificate of Appreciation
2007 District of Columbia Ass of Nurse Anesthetist Recognition of Service Award
2006 The PHS Commissioned Corps Meritorious Service Medal
2006 Dept HHS Public Health Service (PHS) Crisis Response Service Award
2006 Dept of HHS PHS Unit Commendation
2006 FDA CDER's Center Director's Special Citation
2006 FDA Group Recognition Award
2005 PHS Unit Commendation for CDER Visiting Professor Lecture Series Program
2004 FDA Group Recognition Award CDER Risk Management Working Group
2001 Public Health Service Commendation Award
2000 American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Region 6 Director
1999 District of Columbia Association of Nurse Anesthetists Recognition Award
1998 Uniformed Services University Outstanding Service Award
1997 Program Director, Sixth Annual PHS Nurses Research Day, March 21, 1997.
1996 Invited Member, AANA/Galaxo Wellcome Leadership Conference.
1996 Member, USPHS Chief Nurse Selection Board
1996 Program Director, Fifth Annual USPHS Nurses Research Day, March 22, 1996
1996 Member, USPHS Commissioned Corps Promotion Board (Engineer)
1995 US Representative, AANA Coalition for Nurse Anesthesia Mobility NAFTA Countries
1994 Joint Services Commendation Medal
1994 US Public Health Service Commendation Award
1993 US Public Health Service Outstanding Unit Award
1993 US Public Health Service Unit Citation
1993 FDA Nomination for USPHS Exceptional Capability Promotion (06)
1992 US Public Health Service Unit Citation
1992 FDA Nomination for PHS Exceptional Capability Promotion (06)
1991 US Public Health Service Commendation Medal
1990 US Public Health Service Citation Award
1989 US Public Health Service Chief Nurse Award
1985 Army Reserves Commendation Medal
1971 US Army Viet Nam Service Medal
1994 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
1990 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
1985 National Research Council Research Associate
2006 – present Professor, Brooks College of Health Professor
University of North Florida
2003-present Professor, School of Nursing Visiting
University of Maryland Professor
2009-present Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing and Health Professionals
Publications & Presentations
McCarthy, EJ. "Legal vs. Medical Definition of Death, "Journal of the AANA, Vol. 47(6): 674 678, January 1979.
McCarthy, EJ. And Abbrecht, P.H. "Non ventilatory Functions of the Lung," Journal of the AANA, Vol. 51 (5): 474 477, 1983.
McCarthy, EJ. "High Frequency Ventilation," Journal of the AANA, Vol. 53(2):135 137,
McCarthy, EJ. The Effect of Gas Density on Gas Transport During High Frequency Oscillation, Doctoral Dissertation, 1985.
McCarthy, EJ. "Ventilation Perfusion Relationships," Journal of AANA, Vol. 55 (5), 1987.
McCarthy, EJ. and Dillard, J.E., "AANA Journal Course: New Technologies in Anesthesia: Update for Nurse Anesthetists, High Frequency Ventilation" Journal of AANA, Vol. 58, No. 6, 1990.
McCarthy EJ. Backinger, C., Kaczmarek, R, Withiam Wilson, M., Alexander, G., Coppola, A., Greishaber, M.F., Kingsley, P., Porter, B., Riley, K., Sawyer, R, Waskewich, M., Weick, M., Weiss, R, Wollerton, M.A. Medical Devices used in Home Health Care. HHS Publication FDA 92 4252, June 1992.
McCarthy EJ. "Complications with use of small bore catheters in continuous spinal anesthesia" CDRH User Facility Reporting Bulletin, Sept 1992.
McCarthy E J, Merkatz, R and Bagley, G.,"A descriptive analysis of physical complaints from women with silicone breast implants,"Journal of Women's Health, June, 1993.
Merkatz, R, Bagley, G. and McCarthy. EJ, "A qualitative analysis of self reported experiences among women encountering difficulties with silicone breast implants", Journal of Women's Health, June, 1993.
McCarthy, EJ. “Differences in the Clinical Manifestation of Malignant Hyperthermia During the Administration of Volatile Anesthetics,” Masters Thesis, University of Tennessee/Memphis School of Nursing, Dec. 1997.
McCarthy, EJ. McAuliffe, MS, Halliburton, JR., Ikirt, JL. McDonough, JP., Monaghan, WP., and Rigamonti, DD., “An Analysis of a Nurse Anesthesia Program Curriculum”, AANA Journal, October, 1998.
Cutbush, CM, McDonough, JP and McCarthy, EJ, “The Effect of Intrathecal and Epidural Narcotic Analgesia on the Length of Labor,” CRNA: The Clinical Forum for Nurse Anesthetists, vol 9, (3), p106-112, Aug. 1998.
Hartgerink, BJ, McMullen, P., McDonough, JP, McCarthy, EJ. “A Guide to Understanding Informed Consent,” CRNA: The Clinical Forum for Nurse Anesthetists, Vol 9, (4), p128-134, November 1998.
Halliburton, R, and McCarthy, EJ, “Perioperative Monitoring with the EEG and the BIS,” Journal of the AANA, Vol 68 (4), August 2000.
McCarthy, EJ, Pearson, J, McCall, G, Faut-Callahan, M, Lovell, S, Sanders, B, “Education of nurse anesthetists in the United States,” AANA Journal, Vol 68(2), p.111-113, April 2000.
McCarthy, EJ, "Malignant Hyperthermia: Pathophysiology, clinical presentation and treatment," AACN Clinical Issues, Vol 15(2) 231-237, April-June 2004.
McCarthy, EJ, "Anesthesiology Assistants in Washington DC," DC Nursing, June, 2004.
Goldfarb, AA, McCarthy, EJ, Wludyka, P, Kalynych, N, “A descriptive analysis of end-tidal CO2 with laryngeal mask airway during general anesthesia,” AANA Journal, (submitted for publication 2008).
Ramsey, P, McCarthy, EJ, Monaghan, WP, Welliver, M, “The inability of anesthesia machines to deliver adequate ventilation via needle cricothyrotomy,” Anesthesia and Analgesia, (submitted for publication 2008).
McCarthy, E.Jane, "Malignant Hyperthermia: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Treatment," AANALearn, www.aana.com, Dec, 2009.
E. Jane McCarthy, “The Viet Nam Women’s Memorial: A Piece of My Heart,” Viet Nam Women’s Memorial Foundation Newsletter, (submitted for publication 2010).
Keefe, W.E., Abbrecht, P.H., Muldoon, S.M., McCarthy, EJ. Bernhard, W.N. and Watson, RL. "Physiological Studies Using High Frequency Oscillations", Federation Proceedings, 1981.
McCarthy, EJ. P.H. Abbrecht, J. Langston W.E. Keefe, S. Muldoon, "Alveolar Uptake of Halothane Using High Frequency Oscillation," Physiologist, Vol. 26(4), 1983.
McCarthy, EJ. and J.R Clarke, "The Effect of Gas Density on Gas Transport with High Frequency Oscillation" Physiologist, Vol. 27(4):268, 1984.
McCarthy, EJ. and JR Clarke, "The Effect of Gas Density on the Alveolar Uptake of Halothane with High Frequency Oscillation," Federation Proceedings, Vol. 44(5): 1558¬-1985.
Clarke, JR, Flynn, ET, McCarthy, EJ and Jaeger, MJ. "Theories regarding density dependence in High Frequency Ventilation," Undersea Biomedical Research, Vol. 12, No. 1, Supplement 10, page 35, March 1985.
McCarthy, EJ, Clarke, JR, Karnik, P, Shearer, DL, and Flynn, ET. "The effect of inspiratory resistive loading on the oxygen cost of breathing during head out immersion," Physiologist, 29 (4), pg 145, 1986.
Mahla, M, and McCarthy, EJ. "Physiological Studies of the Oxford Miniature Vaporizer (OMV) Triservice Anesthesia Machine," Military Medicine Conference, 1986.
McCarthy, EJ. "Guest Editorial A Professional Opportunity: Writing for the AANA Journal" Journal of AANA, Vol. 57, No.1, 1989.
Fiedler, MA and McCarthy, EJ. "A Style Change for the AANA Journal, "Journal of the AANA, Vol. 59 (1); 2 3, 1991.
McCarthy, EJ. "A Prioritization Model for Medical Devices Used in Home Health Care", PHS Nurses Research Conference Proceedings, March 13, 1992.
McCarthy EJ. "Letter to the Editor: Elevated blood carboxyhemoglobin levels during general anesthesia,” Journal of the AANA, Vol.60 (3): 2, June, 1992.
McCarthy, EJ. “Forward: Anesthesia Safety" CRNA Clinical Forum for Nurse Anesthetists, vol. 6 (2); 58, 1995.
McCarthy, EJ. “Forward: New Technologies in Anesthesia,” CRNA Clinical Forum for Nurse Anesthetists, May 1998.
McCarthy, EJ, Smith T and Carter M. “Differences in the Clinical Presentation of Malignant Hyperthermia among Volatile Anesthetics,” (abstract), Journal of the AANA, Aug 1999.
McCarthy, EJ, Marks, N, and Price, B, “Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Actions and FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reports of Drugs Listed in the FDA MedWatch Safety Information Summary.” (Abstract), American Academy of Nursing 2001 Annual Meeting Proceedings, November 2001.
McCarthy, EJ, "FDA and Drug Safety: Women and Minorities in Clinical Studies," (abstract), American Academy of Nursing Annual Meeting Proceedings, November 1-3, 2002.
McCarthy, E J "In My Opinion: Anesthesia-Assistant Licensure Not the Answer," District of Columbia Nurse, Spring 2005, p. 19.
Geric, M, Holmes, NA, McCarthy, EJ, Monaghan, WP, Carroll, T, “The effect of antepartum teaching by anesthesia providers on patients perceptions of epidural use for labor analgesia,”
(abstract), AANA Journal, Vol 76: No 5, Oct 2008, p 373.
Goldfarb, AA, McCarthy, EJ, Wludyka, P, Kalynych, N, “A descriptive analysis of end-tidal Co2 with laryngeal mask airway during general anesthesia,” (abstract) AANA Journal, Vol 76: No 5, Oct 2008, p 374.
Klingbeil, R, Rittgers, R, Monaghan, WP, McCarthy, EJ, Welliver, M, “Tracheal tube cuff pressure assessment: Measuring the effectiveness of previous anesthesia training,”(Abstract) AANA Journal, Vol 76: No 5, Oct 2008, p 379.
Ramsey, P, McCarthy, EJ, Monaghan, WP, Welliver, M, “The inability of anesthesia machines to deliver adequate ventilation via needle cricothyrotomy,” (abstract), AANA Journal, Vol 76: No 5, Oct 2008, p 387.
E. Jane McCarthy CRNA, PhD, FAAN, Li Loriz, PhD, ARNP and John P. McDonough CRNA, EdD, FNP, “The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program for Nurse Anesthetists at the University of North Florida,” (abstract), International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists Proceedings, June 2010.
Nathaniel Apatov and E. Jane McCarthy, “The Post-Anesthesia Patient,” Critical Care Nursing: A Holistic Approach, Lippincot Williams & Wilkins, Phildelphia, 2010, book chapter, (accepted for publication).