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July 1, 2013 Volume 77, Number 7
Anesthesiology in the News


Member Achievements
ASA member Christopher E. Young, M.D. was installed as the 159th president of the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) on April 6, 2013. Dr. Young, active in surgical mission work in Central and South America for the past two decades, will represent TMA’s more than 8,000 members.

ASA member Kenneth Elmassian, D.O. was installed as the 148th president of the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) on April 27, 2013. Dr. Elmassian plans to focus his presidency on advocacy, leadership and communication among the more than 15,000 physicians in his state to protect the physician-patient relationship.

Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) appointed eight members to the Texas Medical Board, including ASA member Scott Holliday, D.O. on May 13, 2013. Dr. Holliday completed his anesthesiology residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. He is reappointed for a term to expire in April 2019.

The Sheridan Healthcare National Allied Health Scholarship for anesthesiologist assistant students was awarded to ASA member Travis G. Lundell. A 2014 Master of Science candidate at the University of Missouri - Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Mo., Mr. Lundell received the scholarship for his exemplary clinical and leadership skills.

ASA member Michael T. Flanagan, M.D., president of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA), addressed counselors and delegates at the MASA annual business meeting. Dr. Flanagan stressed his commitment to maintaining patient access to care and the need for physicians to come together to help advance the practice of medicine.

The Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) honored ASA member Andrew J. Pate, M.D. in its March/April 2013 issue. Dr. Pate’s passion for organized medicine and commitment to preserving the practice of medicine was highlighted as well as his advocacy and public education initiatives.

New ASA Headquarters
On April 26, the Daily Herald reported on the groundbreaking of ASA’s new headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill. The construction of the three-story, 70,000-square-foot building will be completed in spring 2014 to accommodate nearly 200 employees.

New Approach to Chronic Pain
In a NBC-10 segment on May 2, 2013, ASA member Anita Gupta, M.D. explained how many chronic pain patients are finding a new approach to treating pain effective. The multimodal approach incorporates both pain medication and interventional pain management procedures.

Healthy Restaurant Choices
ASA member Nina Singh-Radcliff, M.D. discussed how to order healthy at both fast food and family-style restaurants in a Fox News segment on May 19, 2013. Dr. Singh-Radcliff discussed how many Italian restaurants have the highest calorie counts.

Common Path to Unconsciousness
The Scientist Magazine highlighted a study from the June issue of Anesthesiology on May 22, 2013. The University of Michigan study found a common path to unconsciousness in the brain. The study provides evidence that frontal-parietal connectivity may be the common mechanism by which all anesthetics induce loss of consciousness.

Pain and Patient Experience
ASA member Tong (T.J.) Gan, M.D., M.H.S., F.R.C.A. discussed the challenges of managing pain in the June issue of OR Manager. Dr. Gan explained while anesthesiologists know how to treat pain, the implementation process could be improved.

For a complete list of news clips, please visit the ASA press room at bit.ly/MhHpMr.





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