I am delighted to welcome you to the UCI Health Advanced Practice Providers Program. I encourage you to explore our website and learn more about the exciting opportunities, upcoming events, and our quarterly newsletter. The APPP values inclusive excellence and we strive to provide our APPs with opportunities for growth and advancement.


Vasco Deon Kidd, DHSc, MPH, MS, PA-C
Director of Advanced Practice Providers Program
University of California, Irvine (UCI Health)
Nursing Administration, Advanced Practice Providers Program
vkidd@hs.uci.edu
(714) 509-6161

Advanced Practice Providers (APP) Program

Advanced Practice Provider or APPs include certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), nurse practitioners (NPs), PAs (formerly known as physician assistants). APPs are viewed and supported as highly-valuable professional providers and collaborative members of the care team that deliver accessible, high-quality, and patient-centered care. APPs diagnose, prescribe, order and interpret diagnostic tests, and first assist on surgical procedures. APPs at UCI Health are an essential part of helping the organization meet its strategic mission: teach, discover, and heal. At UCI Health, we have 215 APPs and growing.

The UCI Health Advanced Practice Providers Program is a centralized program that provides five key functions in support of APPs:

  1. Regulatory and compliance
  2. Advocacy and outreach
  3. Program management
  4. Physician education
  5. APP Professional development

The APP Program is overseen by Vasco Deon Kidd, DHSc, MPH, MS, PA-C, Director of Advanced Practice.