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Shawn Fryzel, CRNA

DNAP Program Director

Dr. Fryzel earned an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing degree in 1981 from Ferris State University, a BS in Biology from Saginaw Valley State University in 1988, and MS and DNAP degrees from University of Michigan-Flint in 1995 and 2013 respectively.  She served as Anesthesia Program Educational Coordinator for 10 years before becoming Anesthesia Program Director in 2014. 

Research Interests

Dr. Fryzel’s research interests include The effect of flumazenil on patient recovery and discharge following ambulatory surgery and more recently, factors that correlate with student success in the field of nurse anesthesiology. She has served as mentor to MS and DNAP students on research projects encompassing a variety of topics within the discipline.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Fryzel practices clinical anesthesia at Hurley Medical Center, a verified Level 1 Trauma Center and Pediatric Hospital in downtown Flint, Michigan where she also provides clinical instruction for Anesthesia Program students.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Fryzel has been committed to student success as a faculty member since 1995.  She currently teaches Applied Chemistry and Physics for Anesthetists, Principles of Anesthesia and Pharmacology. 


Dr. Fryzel facilitates student involvement in medical mission trips to medically underserved areas in Honduras and elsewhere annually.  She also assists students in planning and implementing community involvement projects during the annual CRNA week.  Activities have included a blood drive and water donations during the Flint water crisis.   She serves on the Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists Nominations and Leadership Development Committee and several committees within the University of Michigan-Flint School of Health Professions and Studies, the National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists and Hurley Medical Center. She is also an accreditation reviewer for the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.