ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019 FAER Sponsored Events

FAER Swimming with Sharks: How Anesthesiologist Inventors Can Move Their Ideas Forward
Saturday, October 19
2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Orange County Convention Center, Room W314AB


  • Barrett Larson, M.D.; Founder and CEO, Leaf Healthcare, Palo Alto, CA
  • Pamela P. Palmer, M.D.; Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder, AcelRx, San Francisco, CA
  • Wendye Robbins, M.D.; Blade Therapeutics, Inc., San Francisco, CA
  • Steven L. Shafer, M.D.; Co-Founder, Aesculapius Systems, Pharsight, Signature Therapeutics, Menlo Park, CA

Anesthesiology has a long history of innovation, entrepreneurship and close interactions between academicians, private practitioners and industry to bring new concepts to the clinical arena and better care for our patients. This session will use the Shark Tank™ format, with innovators presenting inventions at various stages of the development process to a panel of industry experts.

These experts, each experienced and involved in developing such innovations and bringing them to market, include Dr. Barrett Larson of Leaf Healthcare, Dr. Pamela Palmer of AcelRx, Dr. Wendye Robbins of Blade Therapeutics, and Dr. Steven Shafer of Aesculapius Systems, Pharsight and Signature Therapeutics. The panelists and their assigned presenter will discuss the feasibility, progress, funding and potential obstacles that must be addressed to move forward with the proposed invention. The goal of this session is to educate attendees regarding the multiple steps involved in the development process and provide resources for those who hope to advance the specialty through innovations. A blend of education and inspiration, Swimming with Sharks promises another informative afternoon with FAER. 


  • Pedro L. Gambus, M.D., Ph.D.; Hospital Clinic, Universidad De Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • James G. Hecker, M.D., Ph.D.; Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Joshua Herskovic, M.D.; Guidance Airway Solutions, LLC, Chicago, IL
  • Arthur Wallace, M.D., Ph.D.; University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

FAER/eSAS: A Day for New Researchers
Sunday, October 20
8:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. | Orange County Convention Center, Room W415CD

This collaboration between FAER and the Early-Stage Anesthesiology Scholars (eSAS) expands on the FAER Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF) and Resident Scholar Program (RSP) Research Symposium, held annually at ANESTHESIOLOGY®. This symposium consists of paper poster presentations given by participants from FAER’s MSARF and Resident Scholar programs. It provides these early-career physicians an opportunity to discuss and receive feedback on their research projects from both their peers as well as the senior physician-scientists moderating their presentations.

This year, education sessions organized by eSAS will precede FAER’s medical student and resident poster presentations, creating a day fully dedicated to the growth of early-career physician-scientists. The session topics range from the current opioid epidemic to the difficulties faced by physicians conducting research while simultaneously completing their clinical training and residency.

eSAS’ sessions will offer up-and-coming physician-scientists the chance to hear insights from more senior anesthesiology researchers about the best ways to pursue a career in research. The complementary nature of the content presented by FAER and eSAS is sure to be a great boon to all present, making this Day for New Researchers a must-attend for all aspiring physician-scientists.


  • The Role of Anesthesiologists in Current Major Healthcare Issues: The Opioid Epidemic
  • Science Advocacy in Anesthesiology: The Perioperative Brain Health Initiative
  • Research and Residency (Panel)
  • FAER MSARF Poster Viewing and Moderated Presentations
  • Team Science and Pathways to Productivity as an Academic Anesthesiologist (Panel)
  • FAER RSP Poster Viewing and Moderated Presentations

Learn more about the Day for New Researchers.

19th FAER-Helrich Research Lecture: Anesthetics, Surgery and Alzheimer's Disease; Hypotheses Come and Go
Monday, October 21
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Orange County Convention Center, Room W414CD

The FAER-Helrich Research Lecture recognizes outstanding scholarship by a scientist and is part of FAER’s ongoing effort to encourage early-career anesthesiologists and trainees to consider careers in research and teaching.

Speaker: Roderic G. Eckenhoff, M.D., Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Fundamental molecular mechanisms research identified anesthetic-amyloid beta interactions that allowed the hypothesis that anesthesia should accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Translating this to animals, and ultimately to humans, identified weaknesses in this original hypothesis but provided data for new hypotheses. This session will unravel the bench to bedside story that linked ‘POCD’ to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and that ultimately formed the basis for the ASA perioperative brain health initiative, as well as a host of questions for which answers are urgently needed.

FAER Panel: Perioperative Considerations in the Cognitively Impaired Patient
Monday, October 21
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Orange County Convention Center, Room W414CD

Moderator: Roderic G. Eckenhoff, M.D., Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Older adults are the largest, and fastest growing group of patients presenting for surgery. Many will come to the operating room with cognitive impairment, which we now know is a major risk factor for delirium and other forms of perioperative neurocognitive disorder (PND). How can we detect this risk factor and exactly what outcomes do we need to inform patients and their families of? Are there pre-, intra- and postoperative best practices that mitigate the risk in these patients, and how do we inform the providers? Finally, pre-existing cognitive impairment is more than a risk factor. Its presence challenges the tenants of informed consent, and raises ethical questions about shared decision making, and conflict of interest. This moderated panel will explore these issues to bring the listener up to date on the most current information and thinking.

  • Pre-Operative Screening for and Evaluation of Cognitive Impairment
    Catherine Price, Ph.D.
    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Optimizing Perioperative Care of the Cognitively Impaired Patient
    Miles Berger, M.D., Ph.D.
    Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Postoperative Outcomes Related to Pre-Existing Cognitive Impairment
    Stacie G. Deiner, M.D.
    Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Ethical and Legal Issues Regarding Procedural Care in the Cognitively Impaired Patient
    Emily Largent, Ph.D., J.D., RN.
    Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA