• Dr. Aroke is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and a Nurse Scientist whose program of research focuses on racial pain disparities. Dr. Aroke has an interdisciplinary project that aims to identify the role of epigenomic and transcriptomic modifications in racial disparities in chronic low back pain.

    Dr. Aroke is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG), and the U.S. Association for the Study of Pain (USASP). Dr. Aroke serves on the Evaluation and Research Advisory Committee of the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA).

    His scholarship has resulted in several peer-reviewed articles, nationally and internationally presentations on pharmacogenomics, pain disparities, and anesthesia outcomes.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 The Applications of Cryoneurolysis for Acute and Chronic Pain Management.Pain Practice2022
    2022 Rediscovery of Methadone to Improve Outcomes in Pain ManagementJournal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing.  37:425-434. 2022
    2022 Confronting Racism in All Forms of Pain Research: A Shared Commitment for Engagement, Diversity, and DisseminationJournal of Pain.  23:913-928. 2022
    2022 Confronting Racism in All Forms of Pain Research: Reframing Study DesignsJournal of Pain.  23:893-912. 2022
    2022 Confronting Racism in Pain Research: A Call to ActionJournal of Pain.  23:878-892. 2022
    2022 Translation of Credentialing Examination for Providers with English as a Second Language: An Exploratory StudyAANA Journal.  9:91-99. 2022
    2022 Differential DNA methylation in Black and White individuals with chronic low back pain enrich different genomic pathways 2022
    2022 Improving Communication Between ICU Nurses and Anesthesia Providers Using a Standardized Handoff ProtocolJournal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing2022
    2022 The Area Deprivation Index Corresponds Effectively With Other Measures of Objective Socioeconomic Status in Adults With Chronic LowJournal of Nursing Measurement.  30:433-448. 2022
    2021 Sleep and neighborhood socioeconomic status: a micro longitudinal study of chronic low-back pain and pain-free individualsJournal of Behavioral Medicine.  44:811-821. 2021
    2021 Temporal summation of mechanical pain prospectively predicts movement-evoked pain severity in adults with chronic low back painBMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.  22. 2021
    2021 α 2-Adrenergic Receptor Agonist, an Attractive but Underused ERAS Component in Improving Fast-Track Recovery and Surgical OutcomesAANA Journal.  89:529-537. 2021
    2021 Mentoring Team Projects for the Doctor of Nursing Practice: Considerations for Nurse Anesthesia FacultyAANA Journal.  89:435-442. 2021
    2021 Depressive Symptoms Mediate the Relationship Between 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D and Self-Reported Pain Intensity in a Sample of Individuals Living with Non-Specific Chronic Low Back PainPain Forum.  22:610. 2021
    2021 Using Eye Tracking for Measuring Cognitive Workload During Clinical Simulations: Literature Review and SynthesisCIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing.  39:499-507. 2021
    2020 Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine for the Treatment of COVID-19: Review and Appraisal of Current Evidence.Journal of National Black Nurses' Association : JNBNA.  31:1-15. 2020
    2020 A Practical Approach to Acute Postoperative Pain Management in Chronic Pain PatientsJournal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing.  35:564-573. 2020
    2020 Using Clinical Simulations to Train Healthcare Professionals to Use Electronic Health Records: A Literature ReviewCIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing.  38:551-561. 2020
    2020 The Metabolomics of Chronic Pain Conditions: A Systematic ReviewBiological Research for Nursing.  22:458-471. 2020
    2020 The Emerging Role of CRNAs Given the Novel Coronavirus 2019 2020
    2020 Race, Social Status, and Depressive SymptomsClinical Journal of Pain.  36:658-666. 2020
    2020 Taste the pain: The role of TRP channels in pain and taste perceptionInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences.  21:1-14. 2020
    2020 Pharmacogenetics of postoperative pain management: A reviewAANA Journal.  88:229-236. 2020
    2020 Disparities in Anesthesia Outcomes: What Can CRNAs Do? 2020
    2020 Perianesthesia Implications and Considerations for Drug-Induced QT Interval ProlongationJournal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing.  35:104-111. 2020
    2020 Perioperative Considerations for Patients With Major Depressive Disorder Undergoing SurgeryJournal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing.  35:112-119. 2020
    2020 Identification of DNA methylation associated enrichment pathways in adults with non-specific chronic low back painMolecular Pain.  16. 2020
    2020 Perceived injustice helps explain the association between chronic pain stigma and movement-evoked pain in adults with nonspecific chronic low back painPain Medicine.  21:3161-3171. 2020
    2019 Pharmacogenetics of Postoperative Nausea and VomitingJournal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing.  34:1088-1105. 2019
    2019 CE: Knowledge of Precision Medicine and Health Care: An Essential Nursing CompetencyAmerican Journal of Nursing.  119:34-42. 2019
    2019 Response to Anesthetists’ Ethical Responsibility Behind PharmacogeneticsAANA Journal.  87:30-30. 2019
    2019 A primer to pharmacogenetics of postoperative pain managementAANA Journal.  87:131-137. 2019
    2019 Could epigenetics help explain racial disparities in chronic pain?Journal of Pain Research.  12:701-710. 2019
    2019 Men in Nursing: Building Diversity in HealthcareJournal of National Black Nurses' Association : JNBNA.  15-17. 2019
    2018 Higher habitual dietary caffeine consumption is related to lower experimental pain sensitivity in a community-based samplePsychopharmacology.  235:3167-3176. 2018
    2018 ResponseAANA Journal.  86:30. 2018
    2017 Pharmacogenetics of Ketamine-Induced Emergence Phenomena: A Pilot StudyNursing Research.  66:105-114. 2017
    2017 The Role of Pharmacogenomics in Anesthesia Pharmacology.Annual review of nursing research.  35:241-256. 2017
    2016 Pharmacogenetics of Anesthesia: An Integrative ReviewNursing Research.  65:318-330. 2016
    2014 Full nursing potential: A concept clarificationNursing Forum: an independent voice for nursing.  49:278-287. 2014
    2014 Engaging Teens and Parents in Collaborative Practice: Perspectives on Diabetes Self-ManagementThe Diabetes Educator.  40:178-190. 2014

    Teaching Overview

  • Dr. Aroke's teaching interest include the scientific foundation of anesthesia practice. He has taught and managed several courses including Biochemistry and Physics for Nurse Anesthetists, Anesthesia Principles, Simulation, and Professional Aspects of Anesthesia Practice.
  • Teaching Activities

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science, University of Massachusetts System : Medical Center at Worcester 2016
  • Master of Nursing in Nurse Anesthetist, Duke University 2011
  • Bachelor of Nursing in Registered Nursing / Registered Nurse, Salem State College 2007
  • Awards And Honors

  • 3rd Place Poster Award, 2022
  • NIH Pain Consortium Mitchell Max Award for Research Excellence, 2022
  • Fellow American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (FAANA), 2022
  • John F. Garde Researcher of the Year, 2021
  • Mary Hanna Memorial Journalism Award, 2021
  • Fellow American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), 2021
  • Graduate Clinical Faculty Of The Month, 2020
  • Didactic Faculty of the Year, 2020
  • Selected to Present the Goldie Brangmann Diversity and Inclusion Lecture, 2020
  • Selected to the 2019 Health Disparities Research Institute Program, 2019
  • Learn Enhance Advance Drive (LEAD) Scholar, 2019
  • Selected to be in the Fall 2018 cohort of the Clinical Investigator Training Program, 2018
  • Association of Cameroonian Nurse Anesthetists in America (ACNAA) Founders Award, 2018
  • Dean's Scholar Award, 2018
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, 2018
  • Chancellor’s Award, 2016
  • Emerging Scholar Award, 2014
  • Fairlawn Scholar Award, 2014
  • CRNA of the Month, 2013
  • Fairlawn Scholar Award, 2013
  • Annie Beery Award for Outstanding Leadership, 2011
  • Sigma Theta Tau Thelma Ingles Award for Outstanding Clinical skills and Scholarly Accomplishment, 2011
  • CRNA of the month, 2011
  • Nurse Anesthesia Students Representative to Graduate and Professional Students Council, 2011
  • Nurse Anesthesia Students Representative to Graduate and Professional Students Council, 2010
  • Andrew Cmelko, CRNA Memorial Scholarship Award, 2010
  • Herman and Rose Krebs Scholarship Award, 2010
  • Herman and Rose Krebs Scholarship Award, 2009
  • Mary Manning Hester Scholarship Award, 2009
  • Mary Manning Hester Scholarship Award, 2008
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing- with Highest Honors (Summa Cum Laude), 2007
  • The Honor Society of Phi-Kappa-Phi, 2006
  • The Honor Society of Nursing, 2006
  • Dean's List, 2006
  • Dean's List, 2005
  • Dean's List, 2004
  • Dean's List, 2003
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing with Honors in Biochemistry, 2002
  • Full Name

  • Edwin Aroke