Lisa  Herbinger
Associate Chair, Associate Professor, Department of Nurse Anesthesia
Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing
1546 CHS Building 1

2023 marks my 10th anniversary as a full-time faculty member of the Samford Nurse Anesthesia Program. I continue to practice anesthesia part-time at Children’s of Alabama, where I began my nurse anesthesia career in 1994. My RN background in neonatal ICU and transport began in 1978. My husband Greg and I have four children and four grandchildren with the fifth and sixth on the way. During down time, you will find us at Smith Lake. I have so many to thank for so many things and am blessed beyond measure. Hebrews 12:1-2

Degrees and Certifications

  • DNP, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • MSN, Samuel Merritt
  • Post–BS Certification/Nurse Anesthesia, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • BSN, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • RN, St. Vincent’s School of Nursing


  • Pediatric and neonatal critical care and anesthesia
  • Anesthesia induced neuroapoptosis
  • Trauma/Coagulopathy
  • Evidence based practice

Awards and Honors

  • Most Outstanding 2013 Graduate (doctoral, UAB)
  • Most Outstanding 2013 Project, (doctoral, Sigma Theta Tau)
  • Most Outstanding 2009 Graduate (master’s, Samuel Merritt)
  • Children’s of Alabama 2006 Clinical Excellence Award
  • Summa Cum Laude graduate, 1994, UAB


  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • Alabama Association of Nurse Anesthetists
  • American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses

Recent Publications

  • Herbinger LA. Evidence based use of cuffed endotracheal tubes in children. J PeriAnesth Nsg. 2018;33(5):590-600. doi:10.1016/j.jopan.2017.07.001

  • Herbinger L, Knight K. Intussusception. In Furstein JS, ed. Pediatric Anesthesia: A Comprehensive Approach to Safe and Effective Care. Springer; 2022. doi:10.1891/9780826138750

Recent Presentations

  • Opioid Stewardship in Pediatrics…Are We Doing Our Part? (Society for Opioid Free Anesthesia, 2023)

  • APSFs Top Medical Errors w/ ReDonda Vaught Case Analysis, Part 1 and 2, Pediatric Anesthesia Pharmacology Trio and Perioperative Pain Adjuncts for Children (Huntsville Hospital, 2023)

  • The Latest on Opioids, Opioid-Sparing and Regional Techniques for Children (AANA, 2022)

  • Reversal of Neuromuscular Blockade in Special Populations- a Case Study Series with Matt McEvoy, MD, Vanderbilt University and Sorin Brull, MD, Mayo Clinic (Miller Medical, 2022)

  • Opioid Sparing in Children – Are We Doing Our Part? (ALANA, 2022)

  • Top 10 Anesthesia Safety Priorities, Common Postanesthesia Complications in Children, Residual Neuromuscular Blockade & MH Update and Anesthesia Pharm Update (Coast to Coast Anesthesia Seminars, 2022)

  • The Evidence Based Use of Sugammadex in Children, Common Postanesthesia Complications in Children and Perioperative Pain Adjuncts for Children (MANA, 2022)

  • A Review of Neuromuscular Blockade and Reversal in the Pediatric Population with Joe Tobias, MD (Medscape/WebMD, 2021)

  • Evidence Based Use of Sugammadex in Children (Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, 2021)

  • Hot Topic Trio in Peds Anesthesia Pharm (AANA, 2021)

Research Areas

  • Pediatric airway management
  • TXA for pediatric surgery and trauma