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Nicole Damico

Nicole Damico, PhD, CRNA, CHSE, FAANA

Herbert T. Watson Endowed Professor

Department Chairperson, Associate Professor

Email: damicosn@vcu.edu

Faculty Bio

Nicole “Nickie” Damico, PhD, CRNA, FAANA, CHSE is an Associate Professor and the Herbert T. Watson Endowed Chairperson of the Department of Nurse Anesthesia. Dr. Damico has held a faculty position at VCU since 2010, initially as the Director of Professional Practice. She has served as the Director of the Master’s program, Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Health Professions.

Dr. Damico teaches a wide variety of clinical topics and the patient safety seminar course in the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice program. She practices at VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital in South Hill, VA. Dr. Damico’s research interests include mechanical ventilation in the anesthetized patient, diversity in nurse anesthesia education, and the use of innovative instructional technologies. She is co-founder of the Department’s Anesthesia eNonymous platform, a website devoted to promoting anesthesia patient safety.

Professional Service

  • Member, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA)
  • District 5 Leadership Identification Committee Representative, Virginia Association of Nurse Anesthetists (VANA) 


PhD, Health Related Sciences (2014), Virginia Commonwealth University

MSNA (1999), Virginia Commonwealth University

BSN (1997), Virginia Commonwealth University

AAS (1992), Nursing, Tidewater Community College