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Ian Hewer

Ian Hewer

Associate Professor of Practice

College of Health and Human Sciences

School of Nursing

Contact Information

Phone: 828.654.6508
Office: 309 Biltmore Park Building


Ian Hewer completed his anesthesia training in 1995 at the University of California, San Francisco. During his career, he has worked at both tertiary medical centers and small community hospitals, providing anesthesia care to a diverse surgical population- including pediatrics, obstetrics, neurosurgical and cardiac patients. He became Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program in 2018 having been on faculty at WCU since 2011. He maintains his clinical practice with at Mission Hospital, in Asheville, North Carolina.<br><br>He has extensive clinical teaching experience both as a preceptor and clinical coordinator, working with graduate students from the University of Kansas, Duke University, and WCU. In 2018, he completed his PhD at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, which compares outcomes and characteristics of different models of anesthesia care delivery.<br><br>He has been an AANA Research Fellow, & has coauthored publications in the AANA Journal, the International Journal of Nursing Research, & the Social Science journal. Dr. Hewer is a member of American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists, & the International Anesthesia Research Society. He is active in his professional association, & is currently Region 4 Director for the North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Dr. Hewer is married with two children, and lives in Fairview, North Carolina. Outside of anesthesia, his interests include soccer, biking and music.


  • Ph D, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Health Services Research
  • MSN, University of California San Francisco, Nurse Anesthesia
  • MA, New York University, Sociology
  • BSN, University of Southampton - Southampton, United Kingdom, Nursing

Teaching Interests

Cardiac anesthesia, health care economics

Research Interests

Comparative models of the anesthesia care team. Complications after anesthesia procedures.

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