Board of Directors

Providing Strategic Vision and Financial Sustainability

AORN’s Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic vision and financial sustainability for the association that influences perioperative nursing practice across the globe.

The national ballot for the Board is determined by an elected Nominating Committee.


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David Reinhart, DNP, MBA, RN, CNOR

Board Member

Candidate for Board of Directors (Four to be Elected)

David Reinhart, DNP, MBA, RN, CNOR, is the director of Nursing Education, Emory Health Care Perioperative Services Enterprise, Atlanta, Georgia. He earned an associate of science in nursing and an associate of science in surgical technology from Owens Community College, Toledo, Ohio; a Bachelor of Science in management from the University of Toledo, Ohio; a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dallas, Texas; a Master of Science in nursing from the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois; and a Doctor of Nursing practice from Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville.

Reinhart has been a perioperative nurse for 35 years and a member of AORN for 35 years. He is a member of

  • the Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty Assembly (2020-present) and
  • the Leadership Specialty Assembly (2013-present).

Reinhart has attended Congress 10 times in the past 10 years, six times as a delegate.

Reinhart has received

  • an AORN Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Nursing Management Award (2019) and
  • an Emory Nursing Leadership Award (2015).

Highlights of Reinhart’s service to AORN include that he is

  • a member of the AORN of Northwest Georgia Board of Directors (2021-present).

He has been

  • a member of the Bylaws Committee (2017-2018),
  • a member of the Recruitment and Retention Task Force (2019-2020),
  • a member of the Nominating Committee (2020-2022), and
  • president of AORN of South Florida (2013).

In his community, Reinhart is

  • a member of the Sandy Springs Georgia Perimeter Chamber (2013-present).

He has been

  • chair of the American Heart Association Heart Walk (2013-2017);
  • chair of the Mercy 5K Race (2013-2017); and
  • Principle of the Day, Atlanta Public School System (2013-2022).

Election Statement

OR nurses today face many unprecedented challenges; staffing shortages, increased demand for OR efficiency, improving patient outcomes, tracking safe reports, orienting new employees, and maintaining competence with the latest technology. Although this environment sounds overwhelming, OR nurses are resilient and passionate about taking care of their surgical patients. When the health care world is unstable, ie, during the COVID-19 pandemic, OR nurses can depend on evidenced-based practice direction from AORN. The AORN Board of Directors is responsible for the Association’s strategic vision and financial sustainability that influences perioperative nursing practice across the globe, no matter how volatile the market is. AORN members expect and deserve the most qualified Board of Directors’ candidates. Candidate characteristics require the knowledge and passion of present OR operations, including experience in the surgical suite and the hospital boardroom. In my 35 years of OR nursing, my career path includes scrubbing, circulating, charging, and directing Perioperative Services, and in my existing position, directing education across an extensive medical system. My experience as an OR director prepared me to plan, direct and coordinate surgical nursing activities. I always prioritized developing and implementing strategic goals and objectives while offering high-quality patient care services. As a result, I know the current issues facing AORN members, and I offer my experience and passion to the Board of Directors. I am a proud member of AORN and am humbled to be nominated for the Board of Directors. I would appreciate your vote in this election year. Thank you.