Drs. Kumar Belani and Ana Maria Crawford, guest editors of the April ASA Monitor, join Dr. Adam Striker for a conversation about global engagement. Listen in as they discuss the value of expanding our understanding of global health, suggest paths for deeper engagement here and abroad, and consider what we can learn from the global community about advocacy, diversity, sustainability, and more. Recorded March 2023.
Read the companion article in the ASA Monitor.
Ana Maria Crawford, MD, MSc, FASA, is associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Stanford University. She founded her department’s division of global health equity and serves as its director of global engagement strategy. Dr. Crawford has a passion for global engagement as a way to facilitate reciprocal professional development, diverse community, and equitable healthcare access. For over a decade she has worked through academic partnerships, primarily in underserved and variably-resourced areas, to promote medical education, systems change and quality improvement. She holds an honorary appointment at the University of Rwanda, chairs the California Society of Anesthesiologists - global health (CSA-GH) committee and serves on the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists education committee. She has served as a consultant to several non-profit organizations, the WHO, and the Lancet Commission for Global Health.
Dr. Crawford is the creator and editor-in-chief of the Global Anesthesia and Critical Care Learning Resource Center ("the LRC"), an online education platform offering free and open access resources for healthcare providers. Dr. Crawford believes global includes local, also working in her local community to address social barriers to health. As the proud recipient of the 2021 Kevin Malott Humanitarian Service Award, Dr. Crawford worked with the Pine Ridge Native American community in South Dakota assisting local teams preparing to care for critically-ill patients with COVID-19.
Kumar Belani, MBBS, MS, FACA, FAAP, is a distinguished international professor at the Academic Health Center, University of Minnesota, and serves as professor in the department of anesthesiology and as an adjunct professor in medicine and pediatrics in the Schools of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Belani received the 2018 University of Minnesota President’s Award for Outstanding Service, which recognizes his exceptional service and commitment to the university and community, and was inducted into the academy of excellence in the clinical sciences in 2018.
Throughout his career, Dr. Belani has served in various leaderships roles, including as president of the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia, president of the Minnesota Society of Anesthesiology, research director of Anesthesiology, executive advisory committee member for the International Medical Education and Research Program, secretary for the Society of Ambulatory Anesthesia, visiting professor at St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, professor of global health, Narayana Hrudayalaya Institute of Medical Sciences, and medical school admissions committee and scholastic standing committee, University of Minnesota.
Adam Striker, MD, FASA, is currently Chair of the ASA Committee on Communications, and is the series editor for ASA’s Central Line podcast series. He is an Associate Professor and serves as staff anesthesiologist in the Division of Cardiac Anesthesia at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and in the Division of Pediatric Anesthesia at Kentucky Children’s Hospital as part of the Joint Congenital Heart Care Program. He received his undergraduate degree in engineering from Purdue University and his medical degree from Indiana University. He completed his pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Northwestern University.
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Date of last update: March 21, 2023