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Charles Griffis
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Location: Ronald Reagan Medical Center Room 3232
Phone: (310) 206-6158
Fax: (323) 937-9242
E-mail: cgriffis55@gmail.com

Faculty Research and Clinical Expertise

Research: Neuroimmune physiology; effect of acute pain on immune inflammatory responses with implications to patient populations with pain syndromes. Just completed post-doctoral study, analyzing data, preparing to publish. Currently involved in investigation as Co-Investigator with Dr. Peggy Compton (PI) : "Pain, Opioids and Inflammatory Responses".
Clinical: Nurse anesthesia


Visiting professor and lecturer: N270 Critical Care Nursing; N 230 Pathophysiology; N242; N262; N206 Theory Development for Doctoral Students. Visiting professor and lecturer:  University of Southern California Program of Nurse Anesthesia: Physiology of Acute and Chronic Pain; Anesthesia, Stress and the Immune System.  Visiting professor and lecturer Kaiser Permanente School of Nurse Anesthesia:  Anesthesia for the Bariatric Patient; Anesthesia for Ophthalmology; Asepsis in Anesthesia Practice; Anesthesia for Outpatient Surgery

Professional Activities

2008 - 2011 Trustee, Board of Director, California Association of Nurse Anesthetists; Chair of Bylaws Committee
2008 - 2011 Chairman, National Certification Examination Committee, National Board of Certification and ReCertification of Nurse Anesthetists
2009 - 2011 Chairman, National Task Force on Infection Control, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
2009-2011 Member, Peer Review Committee, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Journal


University of South Florida, BSN, 1976, Nursing
University of California, Los Angeles, MS, 1981, Nurse Anesthesia, School of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles, PhD, 2005, Nursing

Honors and Awards

2010 John F. Garde Researcher of the Year, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation
2005 Post-doctoral Fellowship Award "The Effect of Pain on Leukocyte Cellular Adhesion Molecule Expression and Pro-Inflammatory Mediator Release"
2004  Outstanding Research Poster and Slide Presentation, UCLA School of Nursing Research Forum



1.  Griffis, C., Irwin, M.R., Martinez, O., Doering, L., Nyamathi, A., Kaufman, R.D., Elashoff, D., Aziz, N., Compton, P. "Pain-related activation of leukocyte cellular adhesion molecules: preliminary findings".  Neuroimmunomodulation 14: 224-228, 2007.
2.  Dissertation. Griffis, C. "The effect of pain on proinflammatory cytokines and leukocyte cellular adhesion molecules"
School of Nursing, Graduate Division
University of California at Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
December 05, 2005
3. Griffis, C.A. "Monitored anesthetic care for outpatient cataract surgery with alfentanil" Nurse Anesthesia 1(2): 71-78, 1990.  
4.  Griffis, C.A., S.A. Ward and R.D. Kaufman.  "Naloxone and the ventilatory response  to exercise in man."  European Journal of Applied Physiology 55: 624-629, 1986. 
5.  Thesis - "The Effects of Naloxone on the Exercise Hyperpnea"
Program of Anesthesiology for Registered Nurses
Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine
University of California at Los Angeles, 1982
Los Angeles, CA


Joyce, J. & Oullette, R. (ed.’s), Pharmacology for the Nurse Anesthetist, “Implications of the Immune System to Pain”, author C. Griffis, Jones & Bartlett: Sudbury, MA, 2011, pp. 437-444

Elisha, S.M. (ed.), Case Studies in Anesthesia, "Ruptured Globe", author C.Griffis & E. McCall, Jones & Bartlett: Sudbury, MA, 2010.


Griffis, C. “Neuroimmune activation and chronic pain”. American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Journal, 79 (1):31-37.

Griffis, C., Page, G., Kremer, M., Yermal, S. "Implications of immune function to anesthesia care".  American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Journal, 76(6): 449-454, 2008.

Griffis, C., Compton, M., Doering, L. "The effect of pain on leukocyte cellular adhesion molecules".  Biological Research for Nursing, 7(4):  297-312, 2006.

Griffis, C.A. "Prevention of occupational transmission of bloodborne diseases in nurse anesthesia practice" CRNA The Clinical Forum for Nurse Anesthetists 11(1):  2-7, 2000.

Griffis, C.A. "Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome-related drug therapy:  anesthetic implications. CRNA The Clinical Forum for Nurse Anesthetists 10(3):107-116, 1999.

Griffis, C.A.  "Implications of recent antiviral pharmacology to prevention of occupational HIV transmission in anesthesia clinical practice"AANA Journal 64(6): 525-527, 1996.
Griffis, C.A. "Anesthetic Implications of Human Immunodeficiency Virus" Nurse Anesthetist Forum  1(3): 3,11-12, 1998.

Griffis, C.A. "Nurse Anesthesia: An Awakening Specialty" California Nursing Review 10(2):  32 - 35, 1988.

Griffis, CA., Kelley, J. "The future of nurse anesthesia education", CANA Newsbulletin 41(2): 20-21, 1987.

Griffis, C.A., Gerbasi, R., Samph, T., Stoll, D.  "The impact of present day trends in testing on the certification process for nurse  anesthetists" AANA Journal 55(3): 198-201, 1987.

Griffis, C.A.  "End-tidal CO2 Monitoring", AANA Journal 54(4): 312 - 318, 1986.

Griffis, C.A. "The future of nurse anesthesia education:  curricular design, purpose and evaluation" CRNA Forum 2(4):  11-12, 1986.

Griffis, C.A.  "Anesthetic implications of essential hypertension", CANA Newsbulletin 41(1): 10 - 17, October, 1986.

Griffis, C.A.  "Anesthetic implications of vasovagal syncope", CANA Newsbulletin 40(1): 5-10, October, 1985.


Griffis, C. "Acute postoperative pain management and malfunctioning epidural catheter" Oncology Nursing Forum 30(2):  217-218, 2003.

Griffis, C.A. "The effect of intraoperative retrobulbar block on anesthetic management of enucleation under general anesthesia" Nurse Anesthesia 2(1): 28-32, 1991.

Griffis, C., Austin, J., Ritter, J. "The use of propofol and nitrous oxide for inguinal hernia repair" CANA Newsbulletin Flowmeter Column 45(1), 1990.

Rochin, M., Griffis, C., Kaufman, R. "The development of Mobitz 1 heart block under general anesthesia following chronic beta-adrenergic receptor  antagonism", CANA Newsbulletin Flowmeter Column 44(3): 18-21, 1990.

Griffis, C.A. "Case Report--Use of retrobulbar block during general anesthesia", CANA Newsbulletin Flowmeter Column 44(2), 1990.

Griffis, C.A. "Case Report--Management of examination under anesthesia and electroretinogram in a child with degenerative neurological disease", CANA Newsbulletin Flowmeter Column 43(3), 1989

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