A UST College of Nursing alumnus has been appointed as the new dean of the relaunched School of Nursing of Barry University, a private Catholic university in Miami, Florida. 

Lonar Anthony “Tony” Umadhay, a veteran nurse and anesthesiology professor, assumed the position on Sept. 23.

In an interview with the Varsitarian, Umadhay said he plans to lead Barry University’s School of Nursing in producing competent and socially responsible nurses.

“Our school must graduate not only clinically competent nurses, but also nurses that have skills to engage in the work of advancing health equity, addressing social determinants of health, and meeting social needs of individuals and families of the future,” Umadhay said on Oct. 10.

“Now more than ever, we have the collective responsibility to create a curriculum that will prepare nurses to promote health equity, reduce disparities, and improve the health and well-being of all.”

Umadhay also urged other schools to expand the educational experiences of their students to help them be involved in their community and be equipped to work with people from various backgrounds.

Umadhay obtained his bachelor’s degree in nursing from UST in 1991 and migrated to the United States during the workforce shortage there in the 90s.

He earned his master’s degree in nurse anesthesiology from the Florida International University in 2003 and his doctorate in nursing from Barry University in 2010.

Umadhay received the New York Life Doctoral Fellowship Award in 2009 from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Foundation.

He also received the outstanding alumnus award from Florida International University in 2013.

Umadhay was appointed associate dean for academic affairs of Barry University’s College of Health Sciences in 2014. He also served as the director of the anesthesiology program at the same university. N.G.C. de Leon


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