SAN FRANCISCO – The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced Beverly K. Philip, M.D., FASA, has been named first vice president of the ASA. Dr. Philip was elected at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2018 annual meeting in San Francisco and will serve for one year.
Dr. Philip is founding director of the Day Surgery Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School in Boston.
“I am excited and honored to be elected first vice president of ASA,” said Dr. Philip. “This is an important time for the specialty. From the opioid crisis and the anesthesia drug shortages that are affecting patient care, to the importance of advocating for physician-led anesthesia care teams, it is critical now more than ever to demonstrate physician anesthesiologists’ value and the important role we serve in this challenging and changing health care landscape. In my new position, I will continue to collaboratively address these issues.”
As first vice president, Dr. Philip will serve as a member of the ASA Executive Committee, which consists of the president, president-elect, first vice president and immediate past president. The Executive Committee expedites, executes and administers the policies adopted by the ASA House of Delegates and ASA Board of Directors.
Dr. Philip has served ASA in numerous roles, most recently as ASA vice president for scientific affairs. She has also chaired ASA’s Committee on Annual Meeting Oversight, Committee on Quality Management and Departmental Administration, and Committee on Ambulatory Surgical Care. Additionally, Dr. Philip has been a member of several ASA committees, including the Committee on Communications, Committee on Governmental Affairs, Committee on Standards and Practice Parameters, and the Perioperative Surgical Home Steering Committee. As ASA vice president for scientific affairs, Dr. Philip also served ex officio on the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
In addition to her duties at ASA, Dr. Philip is president of the International Association for Ambulatory Surgery (IAAS). She also served as president of the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) from 1991-1992 and the Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists from 2008-2009.
Dr. Philip received her Bachelor of Arts from Queens College, CUNY, in New York and her Doctor of Medicine from Upstate Medical University, SUNY, in Syracuse, New York. She completed her anesthesiology residency and a research fellowship in anesthesia at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Philip is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and National Board of Medical Examiners.
She resides in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts with her husband, James Philip, M.E.E., M.D., FASA.
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