Dean Cecil B. Drain

Dr. Cecil B. Drain was born in Fort Worth, Texas in which his father designed the cooling system for the B-24 Liberator Bomber at Consolidated Aircraft during World War II.  After the “Great War”, the family moved back to Iowa where the family had their roots.  Dr. Drain graduated from Des Moines Roosevelt High School and was awarded the “Alumni of the Year” award from that school in 2004.  He attended Yankton College in South Dakota and attended and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors, Masters, and Nursing Specialist Degrees.  He went on to obtain his doctoral degree from Texas A&M University with a degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Higher Education.   He was awarded the “Alumni of the Year” awards at both Yankton College and Texas A&M University.

In April of 1997, Cecil B. Drain, Ph.D., CRNA, FAAN, FASAHP, was appointed as the Dean of the School of Allied Health Professions at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Medical College of Virginia (MCV) Campus.   Dr. Drain has been serving as Virginia Commonwealth University’s senior dean for the last three years. Prior to that appointment, he had served as the Interim Dean of the School since July of 1996, and before that as Chair of the Department of Nurse Anesthesia since 1993. 

Before coming to VCU, Dr. Drain had a distinguished 27-year career in the U.S. Army. He was selected for the first class of the two-Phase Anesthesiology Nursing Course and was a distinguished Honor Graduate of the Phase II portion of the course in 1971. After graduation, he became a staff and then acting Chief Nurse Anesthetist at the 121st Evacuation Hospital and Chief Nurse Anesthetist at the 43rd MASH in South Korea. Later, while at Brooke Army Medical Center, he wrote the first edition of the book entitled The Recovery Room, which is now in its seventh edition and is regarded as the "Bible" of Post Anesthesia Nursing. His book, Perianesthesia Nursing: A Critical Care Approach, was awarded "Book of the Year" honors by the American Journal of Nursing in the area of advanced practice nursing for the year 2009. The new seventh edition, authored by Dr. Jan Odom-Forren, is entitled, Drain's Perianesthesia Nursing: A Critical Care Approach. Dr. Drain joins a very select few authors that have ever been selected to have their name in a book title.

In 1980 Dr. Drain returned to the Academy of Health Sciences to become the Assistant Program Director and Acting Program Director of the U.S. Army/State University of New York at Buffalo Nurse Anesthesiology Course for Army Nurse Corps Officers. He graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1982, and in 1983 he was assigned to Texas A&M University where he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in educational curriculum and instruction in higher education.

Dr. Drain returned to Brooke Army Medical Center in 1986, and served as the Special Project Officer to the Commander along with providing anesthesia in the Department of Anesthesiology. In 1989, he was assigned to the Academy of Health Sciences, where he served as a Branch Chief and Director of the U.S. Army/University of Texas at Houston Program in Nurse Anesthesia conducted at the Academy of Health Sciences and then renamed the AMEDD Center and School.  He also served on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, Baylor University in Health Care Administration, and Texas Wesleyan University in Allied Health Professions. Dr. Drain retired from the Army in 1993 at the rank of colonel.

Dr. Drain's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Order of Military Medical Merit, and the "A" Army proficiency designator, which is comparable to the full professor in the academic community. He was the 1981 winner of the Federal Nursing Service Award, which was presented by the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. He remains the only Nurse Anesthetist to have received that research award. Dr. Drain was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a Fellow in 1988, only the second Nurse Anesthetist in the country to be so honored. He was also inducted as a Fellow in the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions in 2004 and in 2009 he received the Dornell Mase Award by the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions and has received the Helen Lamb lifelong achievement in education and research award by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.  He was selected to be a life member of the Retired Officers Association in 2012.  Dr. Drain has been highlighted in every edition of Who’s Who in America since 2001, as well as a host of editions of Who’s Who in American Education, Nursing, Medicine and Healthcare, South and Southwest, and the World, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who’s Who community. Dr. Drain has also been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website.  Additionally, he has authored 3 books, over 70 professional articles, has presented at over 100 state and national conventions, and has served on 5 editorial boards and one research foundation.

Dr. Drain was the "Cowboys Fan of the Month" for the Dallas Cowboys monthly magazine that is entitled the "Dallas Cowboys Star." A very proud Dallas Cowboy fan, Dr. Drain's most favorite player for the Cowboys was cited as Duane Thomas in the 2011 feature article.  In an effort to enhance community relations, Dr. Drain is the current President of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond.  The Club is currently the 8th largest Kiwanis Club in the World.   He was also featured as the "Fellow in the Spotlight" for the month of November of 2010 by the American Academy of Nursing. The feature article focused on Dr. Drain's honored military career. In January through March of 2014, Dr. Drain is featured in a commercial featuring the School of Allied Health on the NBC network affiliate WWBT-TV.

Dr. Drain brings a broad spectrum of experience in leadership, research, teaching, and service to his position as Dean. His vision for the College of Health Professions is one of continued excellence, motivating faculty, staff and students toward national achievement and recognition through the use of cutting edge technology in preparation for the delivery of quality health care to the citizens of the 21st century.

Dr. Drain is married to the former Cynthia M. Phaff of Waseca, Minnesota. They have three children; sons Timothy and Stephen who reside with their wives Holly and Shireen in Texas, and daughter Kathryn, who with her husband Jeff reside in Midlothian, VA.  Finally, Dr. Drain and his wife are also the proud grandparents of 8 children that reside throughout the Country: Virginia, Texas, and Wisconsin.

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