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College of Nursing

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Kristen Starnes-Ott, PhD, CRNA

Title: Associate Dean for Academics and Associate Professor
College of Nursing
Phone: 803-777-9505
Fax: 803-777-9080
Office: College of Nursing
University of South Carolina
1601 Greene Street, Room 214
Columbia, SC  29208-4001
United States


Kristen Starnes-Ott PhD, BS, CRNA earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from East Carolina University, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Auburn University, her Master’s in Nursing in nurse anesthesia from University of Southern California and her Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Dr. Starnes-Ott comes to the University of South Carolina, College of Nursing from UTHealth School of Nursing where she served in a variety of leadership roles with most recently serving  as Assistant Dean and Department Chair.


Dr. Starnes-Ott has extensive teaching experience in masters and doctoral programs in nursing with a specific specialty in nurse anesthesia education. She has served as project chairs for DNP students and candidacy chair for PhD students in the areas of nurse anesthesia practice, organizational/systems leadership and value-based care modeling.


Dr. Starnes-Ott has received several research grants for her interests focus on patient safety using simulation methodology, communication and situational awareness among healthcare providers, patient-centered communication and team leadership. She has also received numerous HRSA traineeship grants that have supported educational programs and the relationships to healthcare provider outcomes.


Dr. Starnes-Ott has presented her research and educational scholarship nationally with an emphasis on teaching communication and team leadership among healthcare providers impacting health outcomes.

Professional Service

Dr. Starnes-Ott is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • American Nurses Association
  • Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
  • Society for Simulation in Healthcare
  • Southern Nursing Research Society

Professional Practice

Dr. Starnes-Ott has practiced as a critical care RN for 6 years and a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) for an additional 17 years.

Publications (selected)

Peer Reviewed Publications:
Starnes-Ott, K. & Kremer, M.J. (2007). Recruitment and retention of Nurse Anesthesia faculty: Issues and strategies. AANA Journal, 75, 13-16.

Starnes-Ott, K. & Horton, B. (2012). The role of the AANA Education Committee in developing nurse anesthesia educational standards. AANA Journal, 80 (5), 334-336.

Starnes-Ott, K. (January & March, 2014). AANA continuing education: History and current earning potential, Parts I & II. AANA NewsBulletin, 68 (1)&(2), 12-13; 13-15.

Starnes-Ott, K., Goravanchi, F.,& Meininger, J.C. (2015). Anesthetic choices and breast cancer recurrence: A retrospective pilot study of patient, disease, and treatment factors. Crit Care Nurs Q, 38(2), 200-210. doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000062

Hanks, R., Stafford, L., & Starnes-Ott, K. (2017) Patient advocacy at the APRN level: A direction for the future. Nurs Forum doi:10.1111/nuf.12209

Madsen, L. & Starnes-Ott, K. (2017). Establishing an individual writing practice. JADPRO, 8(4) 408-411. org/10.6004/jadpro.2017.8.4.10

Madsen, L. & Starnes-Ott, K. (2017). Starting an advanced practice provider professional writing group. Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology (JADPRO), 8(5)

Dang, J. & Starnes-Ott, K. (2017). Using business modelling to streamline cost of anesthesia in a cardiopulmonary laboratory. Journal of Nursing & Interprofessional Leadership in Quality & Safety (JoNILQS), 1(2).

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