MARK BRIAN LIGAD

2511  Huntscroft  Lane  #102  Ÿ  Raleigh,  NC  27617  
407.873.2465  
Brian.Ligad@duke.edu  
MBLigad@gmail.com  

www.mbligad.wix.com/portfolio  

Summary  
Student  Registered  Nurse  Anesthetist  at  Duke  University,  with  expected  graduation  in  May  of  2015.  Previously  a  
licensed  Registered  Nurse  with  comprehensive  experience  in  the  care  of  post-­‐surgical  critically  ill  patients  with  
experience  in  the  Cardiothoracic  Surgical  ICU  (CT-­‐ICU)  and  the  Cardiothoracic  Surgical  Stepdown  Unit  (CT-­‐SDU)  at  Duke  
University  Hospital.    Proficient  in  management  of  hemodynamic  monitoring  and  support  devices.  Dependable,  
personable,  highly  motivated,  and  efficient,  with  excellent  attention  to  detail.  Demonstrates  teamwork  and  leadership  
skills  as  a  student  and  as  a  registered  nurse.  

Education  
Duke  University  Ÿ  Durham,  NC    

 
         
           
Nurse  Anesthesia  Program  –  Master’s  in  Science  of  Nursing  (MSN)  
• GPA  4.0  
• Class  of  2015  –  Student  Class  Representative    

 

 

Expected  graduation  May  2015  

 

Competent  in  the  anesthetic  management  of  patients  undergoing  surgery  including  general  surgery,  gynecological,  
orthopedic,  neurospine,  intracranial,  cardiac,  thoracic,  ENT,  in  the  adult,  geriatric,  and  pediatric  patient  population  and  
management  of  the  obstetric  patient  population.  Competent  in  airway  management,  invasive  line  placement  and  
monitoring,  neuraxial  anesthetic  techniques,  and  regional  peripheral  nerve  blocks  including  brachial  plexus  (interscalene,  
supraclavicular,  axillary),  lumbar  plexus,  femoral,  saphenous,  popliteal,  cervical  plexus,  ankle,  and  intravenous  regional.  
 

Clinical  Experiences:  
Southeastern  Regional  Medical  Center  –  Lumberton,  NC  
Duke  Regional  Medical  Center  –  Durham,  NC  
Danville  Regional  Medical  Center  –  Danville,  VA  
Duke  University  Hospital  –  Durham,  NC  
Duke  University  Electrophysiology  Lab  –Durham,  NC  
University  of  North  Carolina  Hospital  –  Chapel  Hill,  NC  
University  of  North  Carolina  Hospital  Pediatrics  –  Chapel  Hill,  NC  
 
Pediatric  Anesthesia  specialty  rotation  
Camp  Lejeune  Naval  Hospital  –  Jacksonville,  NC  
Regional  Anesthesia  specialty  rotation  
Womack  Army  Medical  Center  –  Fort  Bragg,  NC  
Obstetric  Anesthesia  specialty  rotation  
New  Hanover  Regional  Medical  Center  –  Wilmington,  NC  
Duke  Raleigh  Hospital  –  Raleigh,  NC  
Scotland  Memorial  Hospital  –  Laurinburg,  NC  
Regional  Anesthesia  specialty  rotation  
Veterans  Affairs  Medical  Center  (VAMC)  –  Asheville,  NC  
Regional  Anesthesia  specialty  rotation  
Gaston  Memorial  Hospital  –  Gastonia,  NC  
 
Cardiac  &  Thoracic  Anesthesia  specialty  rotation  
Carolina  East  Hospital  –  New  Bern,  NC  
Cardiac  &  Thoracic  Anesthesia  specialty  rotation  

The  University  of  Central  Florida  Ÿ  Orlando,  FL  

 
 
 
 
             Graduated  2008  
Bachelors  in  Science  of  Nursing  (BSN)  with  Honors  
Minor  in  Health  Services  Administration  
• GPA  3.85  
• College  of  Nursing  &  Burnett  Honors  College  
Honors  in  the  Major  Program  
Honors  Undergraduate  Research  Thesis  &  Defense:  ‘‘Environmental  Stressors  Affecting  
Sleep  in  Critically  Ill  Patients”  
   
 

Work  Experience  
Duke  University  Hospital  Ÿ  Durham,  NC  
Staff  Nurse  Ÿ    Cardiothoracic  Surgical  ICU  (CT-­‐ICU)  
 
 
 
 
 
 
2009-­‐2013  
 
Experienced  in  the  care  of  complex,  critically  ill  patients  post-­‐cardiothoracic  surgery  including  Coronary  
Artery  Bypass  Grafting  (CABG),  midsternal  and  heartport  valve  repairs/replacements,  thoracic  
aortic  aneurysm  repairs  (open,  thoracic  endovascular  aortic  repair  (TEVAR),  &  hybrid  procedures),  
LVAD  &  RVAD  implantation,  open  thoracotomy  procedures  and  video  assisted  thoracic  surgery  
(VATS)  procedures,  open  chest  recovery,  and  adult  heart  and  adult/pediatric  lung  transplantation.    
Proficient,  competent,  and  knowledgeable  in:  
Hemodynamic  monitoring:  Pulmonary  artery  catheter  (PA-­‐CCO),  central  venous  pressure  
monitoring  (CVP),  and  arterial  lines.  
Vasoactive/Inotropic  medication  management,  prolonged  sedation,  conscious  sedation,  and  pain  
management.  
Post-­‐surgical  lines  and  drains:  Management  and  assistance  with  insertion  of  pleural  and  
mediastinal  chest  tubes,  thoracic  epidurals,  and  central  lines.  
Assistance  with  respiratory  management/mechanical  ventilation:  Endotracheal  intubation,  
extubation,  and  care,  mechanical  ventilation  management,  tracheostomy  insertion  and  care.  
Care  of  the  decompensating  patient:  Cardiac  and  Respiratory  arrests  (ACLS),  open  chest  code  
(CALS),  rapid  sequence  intubation  and  insertion  of  support  devices.  
Advanced  experience  with  hemodynamic  support  and  other  ICU  devices:    
Intraaortic  Balloon  Pump  Therapy  (IABP)    
Ventricular  Assist  Devices  (LVAD/RVAD):  Heartmate  XVE,  HM-­‐2,  Heartware,  Ventrasys,  Centrimag,  
Thoratec  TLC/DDC  
Extracorporeal  Membrane  Oxygenation  (ECMO):  VA-­‐ECMO  and  VV-­‐ECMO  
Temporary  Pacemakers:  Transcutaneous,  transthoracic  epicardial,  and  transvenous.  
Continuous  VV  Hemodialysis  CVVHD  
Thoracic  Lumbar  Drain  
LidCO  Cardiac  Output  
Preceptor  and  Educator  Ÿ    CT-­‐ICU  

 

 

               

 

 

 

       

Experienced  and  proficient  in  clinical  training  and  classroom  education  of  nursing  students  and  newly  hired  
staff  nurses  in  the  CT-­‐ICU.  
Clinical  Preceptor  
CT-­‐ICU  Classroom  Educator:  Lumbar  Drains,  Hemodynamics  Simulation  Lab  
LVAD  Champion  
CareDoc  (Computer  Documentation)  SuperUser  
 
Committee  Member  Ÿ  CT-­‐ICU  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Active  and  highly  involved  in  multiple  unit-­‐based  committees,  with  a  desire  to  improve  safety,  work  culture,  
and  efficacy  in  the  work  environment.  
Co-­‐Chair  of  CT-­‐ICU  Safety  Committee  
Clinical  Case  Analysis  Committee  member  
Preceptor  Development  Committee  member  
Clinical  Practice  Committee  (CPC)  member  
 
 
 

Staff  Nurse  Ÿ  Cardiothoracic  Surgical  Stepdown  (SDU)  
 
 
 
       
 
                 2008-­‐2010  
 
Experienced  in  the  care  and  progression  of  post  cardiothoracic  surgical  patients  in  the  stepdown  
setting.  Competent  in  management  of  stepdown  lines  and  drains  including  thoracic  chest  tubes,  
limited  central  lines,  and  thoracic  epidurals.  
Additional  experience  in:  
LVAD  management  
Discharge  planning  
Limited  vasoactive/inotropic  medication  management  
 
Preceptor  Ÿ  Cardiothoracic  Surgical  Stepdown  (SDU)  
 
 
 
 
 
  Proficient  in  clinical  training  of  nursing  students  and  newly  hired  staff  nurses  in  the  stepdown  unit.  
Clinical  preceptor  
LVAD  champion  
CareDoc  SuperUser  (Computer  Documentation)  
Committee  Member  Ÿ  Cardiothoracic  Surgical  Stepdown  (SDU)  

 

 

 

Orlando  Regional  Medical  Center  Ÿ  Orlando,  FL    

 

 

 

Advanced  Clinical  Nurse  Tech  Ÿ  Intermediate  Critical  Care  Unit  

 

 

     

CT-­‐SDU  Clinical  Practice  Committee  
CT-­‐SDU/ICU  CPC  Liasion  

 
 

 

         2007-­‐2008  

 

 

Pending  

               

 

2008-­‐Present  

 

 

2008-­‐Present  

 

 

2010-­‐Present  

 

   

2009-­‐  2011  

 

     

2008-­‐Present  

 

     

2009-­‐Present  

 

     

2010-­‐Present

Licensure  &  Certifications  
North  Carolina  Board  of  Nursing  Ÿ  CRNA  
 
 
 
 
North  Carolina  Board  of  Nursing  Ÿ  RN  (NCBON-­‐RN)  
 
 
 
Florida  Board  of  Nursing  Ÿ  RN  (FLBON-­‐  RN)  
 
 
 
 
Critical  Care  Registered  Nurse  (CCRN)  Certification  Ÿ  AACN  
 
 
Progressive  Care  Registered  Nurse  (PCCN)  Certification  Ÿ  AACN  
 
 
Basic  Life  Support  Provider  (BLS)  Ÿ  American  Heart  Association  
 
 
Advanced  Cardiac  Life  Support  (ACLS)  Ÿ  American  Heart  Association    
 
Pediatric  Advanced  Life  Support  (PALS)  Ÿ  American  Heart  Association  

Research  &  Publications  
Residual  Neuromuscular  Blockade:  A  quality  improvement  project  by  Ligad,  M.B.,  McGugan,  L.,  
Benjamin,  K.,  Ward,  D.,  Murphy,  C.E.,  &  Delrio,  M.  (2013)    Ÿ  Duke  University  Hospital  
Poster  presentation  at  the  2013  NTI  Conference  presented  by  the  American  Nurses  Association  
 
Early  results  from  the  creation  of  a  multi-­‐disciplinary  comprehensive  unit  safety  program  in  an  
academic  cardiothoracic  service  line  by  Murphy,  C.E.,  McGugan,  L.,  Ligad,  M.B.,  Foresi,  S.,  Kitson,  T.,  
Sito,  K.,  &  Lindsay,  M.    (2013)    Ÿ  Duke  University  Hospital  
Poster  presentation  at  the  2013  NTI  Conference  presented  by  the  American  Nurses  Association  
 
Environmental  stressors  affecting  sleep  in  critically  ill  patients  by  Ligad,  M.B.  (2009)    
The  University  of  Central  Florida  
Undergraduate Research Thesis & Defense  

Honors & Awards
Anna  L.  Hoyns  Scholarship  Recipient  Ÿ  Duke  University  School  of  Nursing        

 

         2013  -­‐2015  

 

     

2013  

 

 

2009  

 

2008  

Awarded  to  Duke  University  graduate  students  demonstrating  academic  excellence.  

 
Duke  Heart  Center  Director’s  Award  Ÿ  Duke  University  Hospital        

 

Awarded  to  one  nurse  &  one  advanced  practice  provider  for  demonstrating  leadership,  
dedication,  &  excellence  within  the  Duke  University  Hospital  Heart  Center.  

 
UCF  Alumni  Rising  Star  Award  Ÿ  UCF  Alumni  Association  

 

 

Awarded  to  one  UCF  alumni,  per  college,  who  demonstrates  leadership,  initiative,  &  growth    
during  their  career  development.  
 

 

Founder’s  Day  Award  Ÿ  College  of  Nursing  Recipient  Ÿ  UCF  Board  of  Trustees    

Awarded  to  one  UCF  undergraduate  student,  per  college,  who  demonstrates  academic  excellence,    
research  initiative,  community  service,  &  leadership  within  their  program  of  study.  

References
Additional  references  available  on  request  
 
Sharon  Hawks,  DNP,  CRNA  
Program  Director  
Nurse  Anesthesia  Program  
Duke  University  School  of  Nursing  
919-­‐684-­‐9347  
sharon.hawks@duke.edu  
919-­‐613-­‐5709  
Christine  Muckler,  DNP,  CRNA  
Assistant  Professor  
Clinical  Site  Coordinator  
Nurse  Anesthesia  Program  
Duke  University  School  of  Nursing  
919-­‐684-­‐9307  
chris.muckler@duke.edu  
 
Brett  Morgan,  DNP,  CRNA  
Assistant  Program  Director  
Nurse  Anesthesia  Program  
Duke  University  School  of  Nursing  
919-­‐613-­‐5709  
brett.morgan@duke.edu