Brianna A. Ortbals, CRNA

Brianna A. Ortbals, CRNA



Brianna Ortbals, MSN, CRNA is a Nurse Anesthetist and an integral member of the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine team. Ms. Ortbals joined the team in June 2020. Ms. Ortbals provides anesthesia at 5 different UCLA surgery centers, contributing to her vast experience administering a wide range of anesthetics to a diverse UCLA patient population. Ms. Ortbals personally prides herself on providing a safe anesthetic with a focus on pain management and post-operative nausea prevention. Ms. Ortbals is quickly expanding into more leadership roles within the UCLA nurse anesthesia team.

Ms. Ortbals has been grateful to participate in a surgical mission trip with Health Talents International in Guatemala during the Fall of 2019. Ms. Ortbals was an integral member of the anesthesia team providing general anesthesia, neuraxial anesthesia, moderate anesthesia care, and peripheral nerve blocks to the Guatemalan people in need. Ms. Ortbals hopes to do more medical mission trips in the future.


Medical Board Certification

CRNA, National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists, 2019


Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing, CRNA, 2019

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center



Developed and presented "Acetaminophen: Oral vs. Intravenous, an Approach to Multimodal Pain Management" to the UCSF Medical Center Anesthesia Department in San Francisco, CA; Developed and presented "Von Willebrand Disease in the Parturient" to the Kaiser San Leandro Anesthesia Department in San Leandro, CA; Developed and participated in a group presentation titled "The Latest Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Postdural Puncture Headaches" at California Association of Nurse Anesthetists' (CANA) 2019 Spring Meeting in Monterey, CA


  • Samuel Merritt University’s ‘CRNA Tutor of the Year’ for 2018 and 2019; Kaiser Permanente Deloras Jones RN Scholarship Award Recipient