Michael Gooch

DNP, APRN, CCP, Flight Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Michael D. Gooch is board certified as an acute care, family, and emergency nurse practitioner. He is also board certified as an emergency, flight, transport, and trauma nurse. He is originally from Pulaski, TN and has more than 25 years of emergency and transport medicine experience. He has been with Vanderbilt LifeFlight since 2002, and has completed over 1,500 patient transports. He also practices as an emergency nurse practitioner in Vanderbilt’s adult emergency department and patient flow center, as well as with TeamHealth in a community emergency department. He obtained his associate’s degree in nursing and paramedic education at Columbia State Community College. He received his MSN from Vanderbilt University and his DNP from Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Gooch is an Assistant Professor of Nursing with Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, as well as faculty with the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia, Madison, TN. 


Michael is a founding member of the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners and serves as the Southeastern Regional Director. He currently serves as an APRN liaison to the board of directors for the Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association, and is member of the advanced practice advisory council for the Emergency Nurses Association. He is actively involved in advancing nurse practitioner practice and has also worked with the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and the American College of Emergency Physicians on various committees and task forces. He serves as a column editor for the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal.

He is a nationally recognized speaker and published author regarding varied emergency and transport medicine topics. His clinical interests include transport medicine, airway management, toxicology, and pharmacology.