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February 1, 2013 Volume 77, Number 2
The Leaders of Our Society


President
John M. Zerwas, M.D.

Professional Appointments:
Founding Member and President (1996-2000), Greater Houston Anes- thesiology, PA, Houston, Texas; Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System (2003-07), President, Memorial Hermann Medical Group, Memorial Hermann Health Network Providers (2007-09).

ASA Involvements: President-Elect (2012), First Vice President (2011), Treasurer (2006-2010), Assistant Treasurer (2003-06); Texas District Director (2002-03); Delegate (2004-07), Alternate Delegate (2000-03), AMA Section Council on Anesthesiology; Chair, committees on Governmental Affairs (2001-03) and Quality Management and Departmental Administration (1998-01), Anesthesia Consultation Program (1997-00), Annual Meeting Reference Committee (1999, 2003); Member, ASAPAC Executive Board (1998-04), Committee on Practice Management (1998- 03), Committee on Quality Management and Departmental Administration (1996-03); Member, Quality Improvement and Practice Management (1992-95). Affiliations: President (1996-97), President-Elect (1995-96), Treasurer (1993-95), Texas Society of Anesthesiologists; Chair, Nominating Committee (1998), Legislative Affairs (1990-94, 1997-00); Member, Nominating Committee (1996-03), Committee on Administrative Affairs (1997-99), Legislative Affairs (1990-07); President (1992), Treasurer (1989-91), Texas Gulf Coast Anesthesia Society; President (2004-present), President-Elect (2003-04), Treasurer (2002-03), Director (1998-present), Texas Healthcare Trustees; Treasurer (2000-06), Association for Anesthesiologist Assistants Education; and Member, Texas House of Representatives (2007-present).

Education and Honors: M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas; Internship (general surgery) and Residency (anesthesiology), University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas; Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology.

Personal Notes: Dr. Zerwas and his wife, Cynthia, live in Richmond, Texas, and have four children and two grandchildren.

President-Elect
Jane C.K. Fitch, M.D.

Professional Appointments:
Tenured Professor and Chair, John L. Plewes Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Oklahoma.

ASA Involvements: First Vice President (2012); Director (2007-2011) and Alternate Director (2006-07) for Oklahoma; Chair, Committee on Professional Affairs Review (2010-11), Committee on Governmental Affairs (2006-11), Committee on Anesthesia Care Team (1999-2003); Member, Committee on Board of Directors Orientation (2011), Committee on Economics (2003-11), Ad Hoc Committee on Health Policy (2010-11), Advisory Group on Health Policy (2011); Delegation Vice Chair (2008-10), Delegation Secretary/Treasurer (2004-08) and Delegate (2005-11), Committee on Representation to the AMA; Vice Chair (2009-10), Secretary/Treasurer (2008-09), Member (2001-11), Southern Caucus.

Affiliations: President (2004), Chair of Legislative Affairs (2004-07), Oklahoma Society of Anesthesiologists; President (2012-14); President-Elect (2010-11), Secretary-Treasurer (2009-10), Member (2008-present); Society of Academic Anesthesiology Associations/Association of Academic Anesthesiology Chairs; Member, Texas Society of Anesthesiologists; Secretary (1998), Executive Committee Member (1994-98), Connecticut State Society of Anesthesiologists; Member, Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists.

Education and Honors: M.D., AOA, University of Texas, Houston; Residency, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), Seattle; Fellowship, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesiology, UWMC; Fellowship, Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, MCP Hahnemann University, Philadelphia; Harvard School of Public Health Program for Chiefs of Clinical Services (2003); Harvard Medical School/AAMC Executive Development Seminar for Associate Deans and Department Chairs (2004).

Personal Notes: Dr. Fitch and her husband John live in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Immediate Past President
Jerry A. Cohen, M.D.

Professional Appointments:
Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville.

ASA Involvements: President (2012), President-Elect (2011), First Vice President (2010); Director (2005-09) and Alternate Director (2001-05) for Florida; Delegate (1996-present), Alternate Delegate (1990-96) House of Delegates; Board of Directors (2001-present); Chair, Division of Administrative Affairs (2009-10); Chair, Section on Professional Standards (2003-09); Joint Commission Hospital Professional Technical Advisory Committee (2002-08), Vice Chair (2006-08); member, Standards and Survey Procedures Committee (2006-08); ASA Representative (2002); Member, Committee on Information Management (1998-2009), Committee on Patient Safety and Education (1999-2009), Committee on Quality Management and Departmental Administration (1999-2009). Affiliations: President (1995-96), First Vice President (1994- 95), Second Vice President (1993-94), Florida Society of Anesthesiologists; NASA Medical Support Team (1983-88); Board of Trustees, Quality Assurance Committee of the Board (1993-2000), Associate Chief of Staff (1993-2000), Shands Hospital at the University of Florida; Dean’s Quality Board (2007-11), University of Florida.

Education and Honors: M.D., University of Miami School of Medicine; Rotating Internship, Anesthesiology Continuum, Emory University Affiliated Hospitals; Anesthesiology Residency, Emory University Affiliated Hospitals; Fellowship, NIH Research, Division of Anesthesia Research, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University; Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology; American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians; National Board of Medical Examiners; M.S. (Biology), Emory University.

Personal Notes: Dr. Cohen and his wife, Sherry, live in Gainesville, Florida. They have three grown children.

First Vice President
John P. Abenstein, M.D.

Professional Appointments:
Consultant in the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesiology, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Mayo College of Medicine, and Faculty, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Mayo Graduate School, Rochester, Minnesota.

ASA Involvements: Speaker, House of Delegates (2009-2012); Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates (2003-08); Alternate District Director (1998-02), Delegate (1996-02), Member, Reference Committee (1998, 2000, 2001) and committees on Governmental Affairs and Equipment and Facilities.

Affiliations: President (1997-98), President-Elect (1996-97), Vice-President (1995-96), Secretary-Treasurer (1992-95) and Executive Committee (1992-present), Minnesota Society of Anesthesiologists; State Delegate, ASA Legislative Conference (1996-present); American Medical Association – Alternate Delegate (2003-present); member, Political Action Committee (2000-08), Chair (2001), member (1999), Reference Committee, Legislative Committee (1996-2002, 2010-present), Minnesota Medical Association.

Education and Honors: M.D., Loyola Stritch School of Medicine; Internship, Residency and Fellowship (cardiac anesthesiology), Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois; Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology, recertified 2001, 2009; Certified Parliamentarian, American Institute of Parliamentarians.

Personal Notes: Dr. Abenstein and his wife, Sandra, live in Oronoco, Minnesota, and have two children.

Vice President for Scientific Affairs
Arnold J. Berry, M.D., M.P.H.

Professional Appointments:
Professor of Anesthesiology, Director, Office of Continuing Medical Education, Assistant Dean for Education, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta.

ASA Involvements: Vice-President for Scientific Affairs (2010-present); Section on Annual Meeting: Chair, Committee on Annual Meeting Review (2004), Section on Annual Meeting (2003), Task Force on Annual Meeting Opportunities (2002-05), Committee on Scientific Papers (2001), Committee on Scientific Exhibits (1986-88), and Subcommittee on Patient Safety (1997); Chair, Task Force of Infection Control (1990- 97), Committee on Occupational Health (1997-2001), Section on Society Subspecialties (2006-present); Representative to ABA-ASA Joint In-Training Council (1999-2007).

Affiliations: President (2007), President-Elect (2006), Vice President (2005), Georgia Society of Anesthesiologists; Alternate Director (2009); Delegate to ASA House of Delegates (1997-2009); Senior Examiner (1996-present), American Board of Anesthesiology; Executive Committee (2008-10), Board of Directors (2002-present), Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research; Vice President (1988-90), Society for Education in Anesthesia; ASA Representative (2007-08), Council on Medical Specialty Societies; Board of Directors (2006-11), ACCME.

Education and Honors: M.D., University of Pennsylvania; Medical Internship, Anesthesia Residency, Cardiac and Research Fellow, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; M.P.H., Emory University; ACCME Hero Service Award (2007); SEA-Duke Award for Excellence and Innovation in Anesthesia Education (2009).

Personal Notes: Dr. Berry and his wife, Heleen, live in Atlanta, Georgia and have three sons.

Vice President for Professional Affairs
Norman A. Cohen, M.D.

Professional Appointments:
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland.

ASA Involvements: Vice President for Professional Affairs (2012-present); Delegate (1997-2011), House of Delegates; Director (2007-11) and Alternate Director (2005-07), Board of Directors; Chair, Ad Hoc Task Force on Accountable Care Organizations (2010-11), Ad Hoc Committee on Large Group Practice (2009-10), Section on Professional Practice (2007-11), Committee on Economics (2005-07); Member, Advisory Group on Health Policy (2011-present), Committee on Large Group Practice (2011-present), Ad Hoc Task Force on Health Policy (2010-11), Committee on Representation to AMA (2008-11), Committee on Practice Management (2008-11), Committee on Professional Education Oversight (2008-11), Committee on Representation to AMA (2008-present); Chair, Five-Year Review E/M Workgroup (2005-06), Representative (2003-08), Alternate Representative (2000-03), AMA-RVS Update Committee. Affiliations: President (2009-11), President-Elect (2007-09), Secretary (2005-07), Webmaster (2004-11), Executive Committee (2003-11), Oregon Society of Anesthesiologists; Board of Trustees (2008-present), Oregon Medical Association; Health Net Physician Advisory Committee (2006-11), American Medical Association; Executive Committee (1996-2002), Webmaster (1996-2002), Montana Society of Anesthesiologists.

Education and Honors: M.D., The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; Residency, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; Intern in Internal Medicine, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore; ASA Bertram W. Coffer Excellence in Government Award (2010); Chief Resident, Duke University Department of Anesthesiology (1989-90).

Personal Notes: Dr. Cohen and his wife, Michelle, have one daughter and live in Portland, Oregon.

Secretary
Linda J. Mason, M.D.

Professional Appointments:
Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics, Department of Anesthesiology, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California.

ASA Involvements: Assistant Secretary (2009-2012); Board of Directors (2006-present); Delegate from California Society of Anesthesiologists (2001-09); Director from California (2006-09); Chair, Abstract Review Subcommittee on Pediatric Anesthesia (2007-09); Member, Educational Track Subcommittee on Pediatric Anesthesia (2005-present); Chair, Educational Track Subcommittee on Pediatric Anesthesia (2007-2010); Chair, Reference Committee on Scientific Affairs (2008); Chair, Section on Representation (2009-12); Member, Committee on Pediatric Anesthesia (2005-10); Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Large Group Practice (2010-11); Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Society Management Contracting (2009); Chair, Committee on Membership (2012-present); Secretary, Western Caucus (2007-09).

Affiliations: President (2004-05), President-Elect (2003-04), Immediate Past President (2005-06), Executive Committee (2000-09), Board of Directors (2000-09), California Society of Anesthesiologists; President (2008-10), Association of Anesthesiology Subspecialty Program Directors; Member, Association of University Anesthesiologists (2005-present), Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (1997-present), and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee for Anesthesiology (2010-present).

Education and Honors: M.D., Loma Linda University School of Medicine; Medicine Internship and Anesthesiology Residency, Loma Linda University Medical Center; Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Diplomate and Recertification, American Board of Anesthesiology; Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Society.

Personal Notes: Dr. Mason and her husband Traian Cojocaru, M.D. live in Redlands, California.

Assistant Secretary
Jeffrey Plagenhoef, M.D.

Professional Appointments:
President, Anesthesia Consultants Medical Group, Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Dothan, Alabama.

ASA Involvements:
Director, Alabama Society of Anesthesiologists (2005-present); Founding Member (2008) and Chair (2008-present), Board of Directors, Anesthesia Quality Institute and National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry; Chair (2005-10), Committee on Anesthesia Care Team; Member, Committee on Finance (2007-present), ASAPAC Independent Expenditure Unit (2011-present), Ad hoc Committee on State Component Society Advocacy and Funding Assistance (2011-present), Ad Hoc Committee on Electronic Health Records (2011-present), Ad Hoc Committee on Health Policy Research (2010-present); Member (2004-10) and Secretary (2009-10), ASAPAC Executive Board.

Affiliations: Immediate Past President (2003-05), President (2001-03), President-Elect (1999-2001; 2003-05), Secretary- Treasurer (1997-99), Alabama State Society of Anesthesiologists; President (1997-99), Vice President (1995-97), Secretary-Treasurer (1993-95), Houston County Medical Society; Member, College of Counselors (2001-present) and Annual Meeting House of Delegates (2000-present), Medical Association of the State of Alabama.

Education and Honors: M.D., Medical College of Georgia; B.S., Michigan State University; Internship, Lloyd National Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama; Residency, University of Alabama at Birmingham (Chief Resident in 1991); Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology; Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners.

Personal Notes: Dr. Plagenhoef lives in Dothan, Alabama, and has three adult children.

Treasurer
James D. Grant, M.D.

Professional Appointments:
Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Beaumont Health System, Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Attending Staff, Beaumont Hospitals, Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak and Troy, Michigan.

ASA Involvements: Treasurer (2010-present); Assistant Treasurer (2006-2010); Chair, Section on Fiscal Affairs (2010-present); American Medical Association Section Council on Anesthesiology (2000-present); Member, Board of Directors (2002-06), Alternate Director for Michigan (1999-2002), Secretary, Midwest Caucus (2002-06); Delegate, House of Delegates (1995-98), Alternate Delegate, House of Delegates (1993-94); Member, committees on Annual Meeting Site Selection, Communications, Governmental Affairs, Economics, Young Physicians, Membership, Legislative Review, Annual Meeting Oversight and Annual Meeting Reference Committee (1998, 2002-05). Affiliations: President (1999-00), President-Elect (1998-99),Secretary-Treasurer (1996-98), Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists; Delegate (2008-present) and Alternate Delegate (2000-07) from the Michigan State Medical Society to the American Medical Association House of Delegates; Member, Finance Committee (2005-present), Legislative Review (2004-05), and Vice Chair (2007-11) and Chair (2011-present), Board of Directors, Michigan State Medical Society; Chair, Michigan Doctors Political Action Committee (2004-06).

Education and Honors: M.D., Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan; Residency in Anesthesiology, Northwestern University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois; Diplomate and Certificate of Recertification, American Board of Anesthesiology; Awarded the Michigan Doctors Political Action Committee Distinguished Service Award in 2006.

Personal Notes: Dr. Grant and his wife, Lisa Grant, M.D., live in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, with their two children.

Assistant Treasurer
Mary Dale Peterson, M.D.

Professional Appointments: Staff Anesthesiologist, Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Corpus Christi, Texas; Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesia, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; Vice President, Driscoll Children’s Health System; President and CEO, Driscoll Children’s Health Plan.

ASA Involvements: Assistant Treasurer (2010-present); Director (2003-10), Alternate Director (2002-03) and Delegate (1996-2002) for Texas; Board of Directors (2003-present); Vice Chair, Western Caucus (2006-2010); Chair, Committee on Physician Resources (2008-2009), Reference Committee on Professional Affairs (2009) and Reference Committee on Legislative Affairs (2002); Member, Strategic Planning Workgroup (2010), Ad Hoc Committee on Society Management Contracting (2010), Committee on Membership (2007-present), Committee on Governmental Affairs (2003-05, 2006-09). Affiliations: President (1999-2000), President-Elect (1998-99), Secretary (1996-98), Executive Committee (1996-present), Texas Society of Anesthesiologists; Council of Socioeconomics (2007-present), Border Health Coalition (2007-present), Ad Hoc Medicaid Committee (2001-present), Committee on Membership (2004-07), Texas Medical Association; Obesity Task Force (2003-08), Community Health Services (2002-03), Texas Pediatric Society.

Education and Honors: M.D., University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston; Anesthesiology Residency and Chief Resident, UTMB; M.S., Health Care Administration, Trinity University, San Antonio. Certificate of Recertification (2009) and Critical Care Medicine (1991), American Board of Anesthesiology; PALS Instructor, Affiliate Faculty, American Heart Association (1992-present); inducted by Texas Society of Anesthesiologists into the Betty P. Stephenson Circle of Friends.

Personal Notes: Dr. Peterson and her husband, Rafael Coutin, M.D., live in Corpus Christi, Texas along with the youngest of their three sons.

Speaker, House of Delegates
Steven L. Sween, M.D.

Professional Appointments: Chair/Medical Director, Member, Board of Directors and Staff Anesthesiologist (Cardiac), Physician Specialists in Anesthesia, PC, Atlanta, Georgia.

ASA Involvements: Vice Speaker, House of Delegates (2008-12); Delegate, House of Delegates (1993-2008); Alternate (1997-99) and Member (2000-08), Board of Directors; Chair (2004-08), Secretary (2001-04), ASA Southern Caucus; Member, Committee on Governmental Affairs (1998-2004, 2006-09), Committee on Economics (2002-08), Committee on Practice Management (2002-09).

Affiliations: Delegate to MAG Legislative Council (1997- present), Chair, Governmental Affairs Committee (1994-2004) and Political Action Committee (1994-2004), Georgia Society of Anesthesiologists; President (1997), President-Elect (1996), Vice President (1995), Greater Atlanta Society of Anesthesiologists; Delegate, House of Delegates (1996-2000), GAMPAC Board of Directors (1999-2008), Medical Association of Georgia; Fellow (1991-present), American College of Chest Physicians.

Education and Honors: M.D., University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis; Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship, Emory University, Atlanta; Anesthesiology Residency, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York; Family Practice Residency, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Registered Parliamentarian, National Association of Parliamentarians.

Personal Notes: Dr. Sween and his wife, Barbara, live in Atlanta and have two daughters.

Vice Speaker, House of Delegates
Ronald L. Harter, M.D.

Professional Appointments:
Jay J. Jacoby, M.D., Ph.D. Pro-fessor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.

ASA Involvements: Director (2009-present), Alternate Director (2006-09), Board of Directors; Chair, Committee on Bylaws (2010-present), Committee on Medical Students and Residents (2002-09), Committee on Young Physicians (1998-2002); ASA Delegate, AMA House of Delegates (2008-2011), AMA Young Physicians’ Section (2002-03); Member, Committee on Bylaws (2007- 12), Committee on Medical Students and Residents (2002-12), Committee on Membership (2000-10).

Affiliations: President (2002-03), President-Elect (2001-02), Vice President (2000-01), Secretary-Treasurer (1997-2000), Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists; President (1995-2002), Columbus Society of Anesthesiologists.

Education and Honors: M.D., Ohio State University; B.S., Capital University; Residency, Georgetown University; Certification in Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology.

Personal Notes: Dr. Harter and his wife Kathy live in Dublin, Ohio, and have five children.






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