Dr. Striker interviews Manuel Bonilla, Chief Advocacy Officer, about ASA's federal advocacy efforts. Find out why advocacy matters, learn about ASA's current priorities and go inside ASA's efforts to tackle issues like drug shortages with lawmakers in this episode of Central Line. Recorded October 2019.
Adam Striker, MD, 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.
Manuel Bonilla, Chief Advocacy Officer
Manuel Bonilla is the Chief Advocacy and Practice Officer (CAPO) in the Washington, DC office of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). In this, Manuel oversees the organization’s advocacy division which includes departments covering federal and state legislative, regulatory and political affairs content areas. He serves as ASA’s senior in-house lobbyist to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate and his staff provide support for the operations of ASAPAC, that nation’s largest physician political action fund at over $4 million per election. Manuel also works with ASA’s Chief Quality Officer and Chief Health Policy Officer on issues related to economics and practice innovation, quality and quality reporting and analytics and research services.
Manuel has over two decades of experience in health care legislation and politics. He began his career in Washington, D.C. as a U.S. Senate health care legislative aide. Following Manuel’s time on Capitol Hill, he worked as a Congressional lobbyist for the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Manuel is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and has a M.S. in Health Care Management from Marymount University.