Cecil B. Drain, PhD, FAAN, FASAHP

Cecil Drain Pain Management

Title: Dean, Educator
Company: Virginia Commonwealth University
Location: Midlothian, Virginia, United States

Cecil B. Drain, Dean and Educator at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Pain Management.

As a former colonel of the U.S. Army, Dr. Drain now lends his experience as a nurse anesthetist in the military to the School of Allied Health Professions with the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth, where he is a professor and dean. He previously chaired the department of nurse anesthesia with the college, and has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing since 2002. Dr. Drain served the Army in Korea and at home, and was decorated with a Meritorious Service Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster. He also received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and has appeared in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in American Nursing, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World.

After earning a diploma with the St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Fort Worth, Texas, Dr. Drain was commissioned as a second lieutenant of the U.S. Army in 1968 and was appointed chief nurse anesthetist of the 121st Evacuation Hospital of Seoul in the Republic of Korea from 1972 to 1973. Upon his return to the U.S., he accepted a post as a staff nurse anesthetist and chief of respiratory therapy at the U.S. General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital in Missouri. While working with the Tucson Medical Center, Dr. Drain earned a BSN from the University of Arizona, where he completed an MS in medical-surgery nursing and an MS in adult pulmonary nursing in 1980. As a special project officer of Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, he completed a PhD from Texas A&M University in 1986 in educational curriculum and higher education instruction. His final assignment in the US Army was Program Director of the Anesthesiology for ANC Officers Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas from 1989 to 1993.

Cecil DrainDr. Drain joined Virginia Commonwealth in 1993, and has since accrued a 2009 Dornell Mase Award from the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professionals and a 2000 Helen Hamb Award from the Educational and Research Foundation. He is currently on the foundation’s research committee. Dr. Drain was also named to the Roosevelt High School Hall of Fame in Des Moines, IL, in 2010. Dr. Drain wrote the first edition of his text The Recovery Room, which is now in its seventh edition and was recognized as the Book of the Year in the category of advanced practice nursing by the American Journal of Nursing in 2006. All editions of the book have long been regarded as the “Bible” of Post Anesthesia Nursing. In recognition of the book’s long history of success, its publisher, Elsevier Publishing Company, retitled the book to Drain’s Perianesthesia Nursing: A Critical Care Approach, for the sixth edition and all future editions. He has supported numerous academic and service societies in his career. He has been serving the City of Richmond through his membership in the Downtown Kiwanis Club of Richmond, and presently is serving as the Club’s President. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, an member of the Retired Army Nurse Corps Association, and a lifetime member of the Retired Officers Association, the Military Officers Association of America, the American Association of Post Anesthesia Nurses the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions.

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