FAER Academic Champions

First established in 2020, the FAER Academic Champions program seeks to strengthen the bonds between FAER and academic anesthesiology departments as well as increase awareness of FAER grants, programs, fundraising efforts, and accomplishments. The goal of this program is to form closer, two-way relationships between FAER and departments of anesthesiology.

The impact early-career support and grant funding can have on one’s ability to pursue a career in anesthesiology research is tremendous. FAER awards provide recipients critical time and financial support to bridge this gap early on in their career. This is where the FAER Academic Champions program comes in.

FAER Champions work closely with FAER and the Champion’s department as a two-way conduit of information on FAER grants, programs, fundraising efforts, and accomplishments. Suggested FAER Champion responsibilities include (bur are not limited to):

  • Share and promote information within the department about FAER grants, programs, and showcase FAER successes.
  • Communicate with the department about how motivated individuals can support FAER, financially or otherwise.
  • Identify future scholars in the department and provide individual counseling and direction for how FAER can support them.
  • Facilitate mentorship (focused on FAER programs) of residents, junior faculty, and medical students.

FAER recognizes that it takes more than money to support the future of our specialty. It takes a shared vision. Our hope is that each Academic Champion will foster a dialogue between FAER and their department, allowing a more powerful, expansive vision to emerge and guide our specialty and investment in the future.

Participating in the FAER Academic Champions Program

Anesthesiology department chairs are asked to nominate one faculty member to serve as a Champion for their department. Nominees are to be submitted to Bram Harris, FAER Development/Communications Coordinator. Questions regarding this program can also be submitted to Bram Harris at the listed email.

Contact BramHarris@faer.org to nominate a FAER Academic Champion, request the Champions Toolkit, or with any questions you have regarding this program.

Current FAER Academic Champions

To follow is a list of current FAER Academic Champions, including their home institution and the year their terms began. Thank you to all these Champions and their departments for their commitment to the future of anesthesiology.

FAER Academic Champion Institution Term Began
Karsten Bartels, MD, PhD, MBA University of Nebraska Medical Center 2021
Frederic T. Billings IV, MD Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 2021
Wei Chao, MD, PhD University of Maryland School of Medicine 2021
Catherine L. Chen, MD University of California, San Francisco 2020
David J. Clark, MD Stanford University Medical Center  2021 
Elizabeth K. Cotter, MD University of Kansas Medical Center  2021 
Lauren K. Dunn, MD, PhD
University of Virginia 2021
David M. Eckmann, MD, PhD Ohio State University 2021
J. Daniel Eloy, MD Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School 2021 
Stuart Forman, MD, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital 2020
Ashraf S. Habib, MSc, BCh, MB, FRCA Duke University School of Medicine 2021
Medhat S. Hannallah, MD, FRCA Georgetown University Hospital 2021
Ellen S. Hauck, DO Temple University School of Medicine 2021
Krista Highland, PhD National Capital Consortium, USUHS 2021
Ashish K. Khanna, MD, FCCM, FCCP, FASA Wake Forest School of Medicine 2021
Andrea M. Kurz, MD Cleveland Clinic Anesthesiology Institute 2021
Jenny Kwak, MD, FASA Loyola University Medical Center 2021
Danny Muehlschlegel, MD, MSc, FASA Brigham and Women's Hospital 2020
Guido Musch, MD University of Massachusetts Medical School 2021
Aaron J. Norris, MD, PhD Washington University School of Medicine 2021
Ala Nozari, MD, PhD Boston University Medical Center 2021
Donald H. Penning, MD, MS, FRCPC Henry Ford Health System 2021
Kane O. Pryor, MBBS Weill Cornell Medicine 2021
Sadeq Ali Quraishi, MD Tufts Medical Center 2021
Andrei D. Sdrulla, MD, PhD Oregon Health & Science University 2021
Bradford B. Smith, MD Mayo Clinic Phoenix 2021
Michael M. Todd, MD University of Minnesota Medical School 2021
Soban Umar, MD, PhD David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA 2021
Anna Woodbury, MD Emory University
2021