San Francisco - More Than Just a Meeting Place

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August 1, 2013 Volume 77, Number 8
San Francisco - More Than Just a Meeting Place Adrian Walter Gelb, M.D., The ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2013 Annual Meeting Local Host

The ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting is the premier anesthesiology education event of the year, but don’t forget it’s taking place in one of the world’s premier vacation destinations.

Make time to enjoy all the City by the Bay has to offer, including unique galleries, theaters and world-famous attractions such as Golden Gate Park and the Presidio. With more than 4,000 restaurants, there’s a cuisine fit for everyone – from Michelin star-rated eateries to neighborhood greasy spoons and a variety of unique California wine-tasting locations in the downtown area. Be sure to take a stroll or a bike ride across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, explore Alcatraz Island and don’t miss a ride on one of the historic cable cars.

The vast majority of meeting activities will take place at the Moscone Center in the vibrant city center, with close proximity to hotels and attractions such as the Asian Art Museum. The Moscone Center is easily accessible from the airport via public transportation and is within walking distance to several unique neighborhoods. Being a very compact city of seven miles by seven miles, San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods are all just a short walk or commute away. In addition to tourist favorites such as Union Square, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Embarcadero, other popular neighborhoods include Nob Hill, North Beach, Russian Hill and the Castro.

October typically has a chill in the air in many parts of the world, but in San Francisco it’s considered our best month of weather, feeling more like summer than fall. The picturesque towns of Sausalito, Monterey and Carmel, the redwoods of Muir Woods, and the award-winning wineries of Napa and Sonoma are all just a short drive away. Los Angeles, Universal Studios and Disneyland are also just a short flight away. Learn more at and plan your San Francisco experience today. I look forward to seeing you at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting.

Adrian Walter Gelb, M.D. is Professor, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, University of California, San Francisco.