Faculty Profile

Raji Menon
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

Raji Menon is a nurse anesthetist by profession who approaches teaching with passion and enthusiasm.  In order to promote learning in a “learner-centered fashion” and to nurture self-directed learners, Raji strongly believes in partnering with the adult learner and in matching teaching and learning styles that best improves the learner outcomes.  She strives to create inclusive classroom environment by building bridges between what the learners know and what they need to learn and also by embracing the learners’ cultural background and their everyday lived experiences.  Raji was an established accountant who changed gears later in life; she has been exposed to diverse experiences and multi-cultural backgrounds in her life and this allows her to connect with the learners’ cultural sensitivities, and to relate to their experiences firsthand.  

Raji Menon, CRNA, DNP

Office Address: Samuel Merritt University
Providence Pavilion
3100 Summit Street, (HSSC), Oakland.




2013 DNP Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, CA

2000 M.S. Samuel Merritt University

1995 B.S. Nursing Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

Academic Appointment:

October 2013 to Present

Adjunct Faculty

(Sim Center and Department of Podiatric Medicine)

2005 - October 2013 Assistant Professor

Program of Nurse Anesthesia

Samuel Merritt University

Oakland, CA

2003 – 2005 Adjunct Faculty.

Program of Nurse Anesthesia

Samuel Merritt College

Oakland, CA

2005 – 2009 Member of the Admissions Committee

2005 - 2009 Acting Co-Chairperson of the Admission Committee



Teaching Activities/Position:


  • Instructor for PM 741, General Medicine Course.
  • ACLS Instructor
  • Simulation Educator


  • Faculty of record for six clinical courses for the program of nurse anesthesia (junior and senior rotations)
  • 2003-2012 Faculty of Record: Advanced Principles Of Anesthesia I - (N660)
  • 2003-2005 Faculty of Record: Advanced Principles of Anesthesia II - (N 662)
  • 2006-2012 Co-Faculty of Record: Special Synthesis Project - (N 606)
  • 2001-present Clinical Preceptor for SMU Program of Nurse Anesthesia students


11/00 - Present

Kaiser Permanente- Northern California

Greater Southern Alameda Area (GSAA)

Staff Nurse Anesthetist.

2005 - Present

Kaiser Permanente- Northern California


Obstetrics QA management

4 hour education program for the peri-natal nurses at Kaiser Permanente, GSAA (EKG recognition and common post-operative anesthetic emergencies)

2011 - Present
Education programs for the peri-natal nurses at Kaiser Permanente, GSAA (peri-mortem C-section, obstetric life support, review of crash cart, AED function on the defibrillator and indications for code medications) and continued involvement in in-situ simulation

2012 - Present
Series of lectures and simulation programs for Ob/Gyn physicians, anesthesia providers, nurse midwives, peri-natal nurses, OB techs and ER physicians on perimortem C-section and obstetric life support.

2010 – Present
Active member of the Peri-natal Patient Safety Program at Greater Southern Alameda Area (GSAA)

May 2013
Presented at Kaiser Permanente symposium in break-out sessions on obstetric life support.



2000 Dr. Charles Rovinski Award

2004 Yuri Nishimura Clinical Preceptor Award

2004 Fish award (GSAA)

2009 Florence Nightingale Award – GSAA.

2010 Florence Nightingale Award – GSAA.

Professional Registration/Certification Licensure:

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Recertification # 052146

California Board of Registered Nursing
RN License # 538821

California Board of Registered Nursing
Nurse Anesthesia Certificate # 2718

American Heart Association
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Basic Life Support

Professional Societies/Affiliations and Awards:

1995 Sigma Theta-Tau.

2000 California Association of Nurse Anesthetists

2000 American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

1995 Michigan Nurses Association

1997 California Nurses Association

Volunteer Activities:

Member of the Educational Committee of the California Nurse Anesthetists Association (CANA)

Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer (PINCC) – Kenya and Tanzania – Medical Mission.

Matibabu Foundation, Kenya – Medical/Surgical Mission.

Operation Access, Kaiser Foundation Hospital.

American Cancer Society.

Sankara Eye Foundation.



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