Local Host Letter

Welcome to the City by the Bay! I’m confident you’ll leave ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2018 with new information, connections and a refreshed perspective about what it means to be a physician anesthesiologist in 2018 and beyond.

As your schedule allows, I encourage you to take advantage of the sights and sounds of the city in addition to enjoying the annual meeting; San Francisco is always bustling with activity. There are attractions to interest everyone who visits the beautiful Bay area. Here are a few must-see places:

  • Golden Gate Bridge: This is a not-to-miss San Francisco icon. As one of the most photographed bridges in the world, you’ll want to make sure you get your postcard picture! If you want to get up close, there are boats and cruises that sail under the bridge. There are many attractions to see on the way to the Golden Gate Bridge, such as The Palace of Fine Arts and Fort Point.   
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area: Nestled in the heart of San Francisco, this public park includes Crissy Field, a recreational ground alongside the waterfront. Another gem in this area is the historic Presidio, a former military base that is a great destination for arts and culture, featuring art hikes and The Walt Disney Family Museum.
  • Union Square: If you’re looking for a prime shopping destination, Union Square is the place. Union Square is surrounded by major department stores like Macy's and Bloomingdale's, along with a number of cafes and restaurants. It is conveniently located just walking distance from San Francisco’s Financial District.
  • The Embarcadero: Along the Embarcadero waterfront sits the Ferry Building, the Embarcadero Center and stunning views of the Bay Bridge. It is a prime destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.
  • Alcatraz Island: Check out the prison where America’s most infamous inmates were housed and made their escape. Take the tour after dark for an unforgettable experience. Be sure to book your tickets in advance, as tours fill up quickly.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf: Grab a souvenir, sample clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl or check out sunbathing sea lions at PIER 39. You’ll find the city’s best seafood and souvenir shops here.
  • Lombard Street: Coined “The Crookedest Street in the World,” Lombard Street is certainly a sight to see. Enjoy the spectacular view from the top of Lombard Street that looks out on to the San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge and Coit Tower.
  • The Painted Ladies: These iconic Victorian and Edwardian houses provide a great photo op from Alamo Square.
  • History and art museums: Lovers of culture and fine arts will enjoy various museums sprinkled across the city, including the newly renovated and expanded San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A personal favorite is the Museum of the African Diaspora; it’s kitty-corner from Moscone Center and is primarily supported by a neurosurgeon. Also worth visiting are The California Academy of Sciences and The Legion of Honor.
  • Unique dining destinations: San Francisco is home to some of the most diverse and eclectic foods from around the globe. From food trucks to upscale Michelin star restaurants, there are choices for anything your taste buds desire. Foodies will enjoy exploring the Mission, Union Square, SoMa and the Embarcadero.
  • Beyond San Francisco: If you're arriving early or staying late, consider a visit to nearby wine country or charming Monterey. There are a number of great day trips you can take from San Francisco.
I hope you enjoy your time in San Francisco during ANESTHESIOLOGY 2018.


Neal Cohen, M.D.

Neal Cohen, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.
Vice Dean and Professor
Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
UCSF School of Medicine

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