Buffy Lupear


Buffy Krauser Lupear, DNP, CRNA, APRN
Director of Professional Development
Office of Advanced Practice
Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Buffy is the Sr. Quality and Patient Advisor for Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Anesthesia. A 1989 graduate from the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, Buffy received a Bachelor of Science of Nursing degree and joined Vanderbilt as a staff RN in the Emergency Department in early 1990. Following a brief hiatus while completing her Masters Degree with a focus in Anesthesia, Buffy returned to Vanderbilt in 1996 as a staff Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). During her tenure with Vanderbilt, Buffy has served in many leadership roles initially as the Lead CRNA- Pediatric & Adult Cardiothoracic Division from 2000-2010, then as the Assistant Chief CRNA from 2010-2014. Prior to her current position, Buffy also served as the Interim-Chief CRNA.

In 2014, she completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice, in which her capstone project focused on patient quality and safety. Married, with a beautiful puppy, Buffy is very active in the community and has participated on more than fifteen pediatric surgical mission trips.