Videos from ASA's Annual Meeting Opening and Plenary Sessions

ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017

Anesthesiology 2017 Opening Session: System Innovation in Surgical and Anesthesia Care
Atul Gawande, M.D., M.P.H.

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Emery A. Rovenstine Lecture: Quality Anesthesia: Medicine Measures-Patients Decide

Lee A. Fleisher, M.D.

October 23, 2017, 8:00 - 9:15 AM In this lecture Dr. Fleisher will present insights about the history of quality measurement within anesthesia that began in 1935 with the establisment of the Anesthesia Study Commissions by Henry S. Ruth, M.D.

Ellison C. Pierce Lecture: Anesthesia Patient Safety: Closing the Gap Between Perception and Reality

Robert K. Stoelting, M.D., FACA.

October 21, 2017, 1:10 - 2:10 PM. What started with a vision that “no patient shall be harmed by anesthesia” quickly became what is now the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. Join us for a review of patient safety initiatives and discover the steps necessary to reduce adverse events in the perioperative period. Strategies for closing the gap between the perception of safety and the reality that much remains to be accomplished will also be discussed.

Awards Presentation

October 23, 2017, 8:00 - 9:15 AM

John W. Severinghaus Lecture on Translational Science: Electroencephalography in Anesthesiology: Past, Present and Future

Emery N. Brown, M.D., Ph.D.

This lecture was delivered on the 80th anniversary of the publication of the paper "Effect on the electroencephalogram of certain drugs which influence nervous activity" by F.A. Gibbs, W.A. Gibbs and W.G. Lennox. Dr. Brown reviewed historical milestones in the use of electroencephalogram (EEG) as a basic science tool to understand the neurophysiology of general anesthesia and as a clinical tool for monitoring patients.

ANESTHESIOLOGY 2016                   Go to Top

Opening session: Value-Based Health Care Delivery, An Agenda for Transforming Anesthesiology

Professor Michael, E. Porter, Harvard Business School, October 22, 2016

Widely recognized as the father of modern business strategy, Professor Michael Porter is a renowned economist and according to Fortune the most famous and influential business professor who has ever lived. A leading authority on company strategy and strategic approaches to societal problems, Professor Porter’s work is renown in governments, corporations, non-profits and academic circles across the globe. A sought after teacher and the author of 19 books and more than 125 articles, his research has received numerous awards, and he is the most cited scholar today in economics and business. While Professor Porter is, at the core, a scholar, his work has also achieved remarkable acceptance by practitioners across multiple fields.

Awards Presentation

October 24, 2016, 8:00 - 9:15 AM

Ellison Pierce Lecture: Patient Safety Beyond Our Borders: Different and the Same

Alexander A. Hannenberg, M.D., Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA, USA., October 22, 2016, 10:45 - 11:45 AM

The presentation discusses the risks of anesthesia and surgery in low resource settings, the opportunities to advance the safety of surgical patients in those settings and the ways in which they relate to safety initiatives, past and present, in the developed world.

Ellison Pierce Lecture with Slide Presentation

Emery A. Rovenstine Lecture: On the Road to Professionalism

David Chestnut, M.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA., October 24, 2016, 8:00 - 9:15 AM In this lecture Dr. Chestnut will discuss challenges in defining, teaching, encouraging, and maintaining professionalism in the practice of anesthesiology. Personal attributes, commitments, behaviors, interactions, and influences that are important to the development and maintenance of physician professionalism will be discussed.

Emery A. Rovenstine Lecture with Slide Presentation

John W. Severinghaus Lecture: Lost in Translation

Daniel I. Sessler, M.D. | Cleveland Clinic Foundation

This lecture discusses things that matter. When surgical patients die, what kills them, and how anesthesia can reduce major complications and mortality. This lecture examines factors that slow progression of new knowledge from bench to bedside — and how basic scientists, clinical investigators, and clinicians can speed the process.

John W. Severinghaus Lecture with Slide Presentation


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Emery A. Rovenstine Lecture: Without Science There is Little Art in Anesthesiology

James C. Eisenach, M.D. | Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC | October 26, 2015 Special appearance: Carol Cassella, M.D., Mind to Mind Section Editor, ANESTHESIOLOGY

As physicians, we care for patients in a very particular way, applying constantly changing scientific knowledge and communicating this to patients and their families one case at a time. The best physicians are lifelong learners of science, and also honest, compassionate communicators. This lecture focuses on how you can apply practical approaches to better learn and represent science while closely listening to and communicating with those in your care.

John W. Severinghaus Translational Science Lecture: Disruptive Technology in Anesthesiology

Steven L. Shafer, M.D. | Stanford University, Stanford, CA | October 27, 2015

Anesthesiology was founded on most disruptive technology imaginable: rendering the human brain reversibly insensible. In the decades after ether we continuously introduced disruptive technology: local anesthesia, fluid therapy, new classes of drugs, and endotracheal intubation. Modern critical care can be traced directly to a disruptive invention by John Severinghaus; the blood gas machine.


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Opening Session

Michael O’Connor, M.D., John P. Abenstein, M.D., Jane C. K. Fitch, M.D., Mark Warner, M.D., Zeev Kain, M.D., M.B.A., Louisiana Governor, Piyush "Bobby" Jindal

The presentation discusses characteristics of innovations in health care that reduce costs and improve quality and accessibility; differences between an integrated vs. modular approach to innovation; and  common barriers to disruptive innovation in health care.

Emery A. Rovenstine Lecture: Health Care at the Crossroads: The Imperative for Change

Karen B. Domino, M.D., M.P.H.

The presentation discusses characteristics of innovations in health care that reduce costs and improve quality and accessibility; differences between an integrated vs. modular approach to innovation; and  common barriers to disruptive innovation in health care.

John W. Severinghaus Lecture on Translational Science: Basic Science to Clinical Practice: The Tale of Long-Acting Opioids

Evan D. Kharasch, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Kharasch is Vice Chancellor for Research, Russell D. and Mary B. Sheldon Professor of Anesthesiolgy; Director, Division of Clinical and Translations Research, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

Opioids such as methadone provide long-lasting relief of acute, perioperative, chronic and cancer pain, and are pivotal to anesthesia practice. Yet with the increase in methadone use, there has been a terrifying increase in untoward events. Only recently has there been a better understanding of methadone pharmacology, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenetics.
This lecture tells the story of how these clinical problems were studied in the basic science laboratory, how the insights gained were then verified in clinical trials, and how this new knowledge can guide clinical practice and improve clinical outcome and guide practice.


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Emery A. Rovenstine Lecture - Winning the War

The Emery A. Rovenstine Memorial Lecture will be presented by John B. Neeld, Jr., M.D. Responding to the economic reality that our nation cannot sustain ever-increasing health care costs and the need to provide best quality anesthesia care to an aging and growing population in an era of a continuing shortage of anesthesiologists, ASA has promoted the anesthesiologist-led anesthesia care team as the best model for 21st century care.

Rather than embrace the physician-led model of care and its record of patient safety and quality, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) has undertaken aggressive efforts in legislative and regulatory arenas in state capitals and Washington, D.C., with the goal of achieving a dismantling of the physician-led model of care. AANA and the nursing community are joined in these efforts by powerful and well-organized allies, including other advanced practice nurse (APN) organizations and a coalition including the American Hospital Association, AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which has assisted in funding APN coalition branches in every state. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) intervened in this debate through its actions targeting several state administrative agencies and legislatures, and Congress intervened through Section 2706 of the Public Health Service Act, the "Non-discrimination in health care" provision of the PPACA law.

The only effective counter to these efforts is definitive proof of the value anesthesiologists bring to patient care, and proof of our value demands current and valid outcome studies. Dr. Neeld will review the efforts of AANA, the economic imperative to reduce the rate of the rise of health care expenditures, the existing outcome studies in the specialty and a call for ASA to fund well designed, scientifically valid outcome studies to prove the value anesthesiologists bring to patient care.


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Emery A. Rovenstine Lecture: Safety in Numbers: The Genesis, Development, and Future of ASA Practice Parameters

Monday, October 15 | Jeffrey L. Apfelbaum, M.D.

Jeffrey L. Apfelbaum, M.D. is professor of anesthesia and critical care and chairman of the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago Medical Center and the Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Apfelbaum is a past president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia, the Society of Academic Anesthesiology Associations, the Association of Academic Anesthesiology Chairs and the Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, is the current vice chair of the Illinois State Medical Licensing Board and the Chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists' Committee on Standards and Practice Parameters. Dr. Apfelbaum was elected a member of the Association of University Anesthesiologists in 1991.

Awards Presentation

Jerry A. Cohen, M.D. President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists

Awards Presentation

2012 ASA Distinguished Service Award - Jeffrey Apfelbaum, M.D


ANESTHESIOLOGY 2011                  Go to Top

Opening Session

Atul Gawande, M.D. 
A Harvard surgeon, New York Times best-selling author and one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, Dr. Gawande is a universally recognized leader in patient safety. His tireless advocacy for patient-focused improvements in health care delivery is a tremendous complement to anesthesiologists’ work as the leaders in patient safety.

Much of Dr. Gawande’s talk at the Opening Session stems from insights generated by writing The Checklist Manifesto, including the critical importance of simple checklists, the value of teamwork and the important role that anesthesiologists play inside and outside of the operating room.

Leading Into the Future

The ANESTHESIOLOGY 2011 Emery A. Rovenstine Memorial Lecture speaker: Patricia A. Kapur, M.D., Professor and Chair from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Kapur’s professional interests have spanned cardiac anesthesiology, ambulatory anesthesiology and operating room management. She has been the department chair at UCLA since 1996, served as director of perioperative services for the UCLA Health System from 1997-2009, and has been broadly engaged for over a decade in the leadership of the UCLA Faculty Practice Group, most recently serving as cointerim president from 2009-11. Dr. Kapur has been extensively involved at the leadership level for anesthesiology professional organizations. For the ASA, she has served as chair of the Section on Education and Research under nine successive ASA presidents, chair of the Section on Annual Meeting, and chair/member of numerous ASA committees and task forces.

Special Events - John W. Severinghaus Lecture

Giulio Tononi, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Tononi is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who has held faculty positions in Pisa, New York, San Diego and Madison, Wisconsin, where he is professor of psychiatry. Dr. Tononi and collaborators have pioneered several complementary approaches to study sleep. These include genomics, proteomics, fruit fly models, rodent models employing multiunit/local field potential recordings in behaving animals, in vivo voltammetry and microscopy, high-density EEG recordings and transcranial magnetic stimulation in humans and large-scale computer models of sleep and wakefulness.

This research has led to a comprehensive hypothesis on the function of sleep, the synaptic homeostasis hypothesis. According to the hypothesis, wakefulness leads to a net increase in synaptic strength, and sleep is necessary to reestablish synaptic homeostasis. The hypothesis has implications for understanding the effects of sleep deprivation and for developing novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to sleep disorders and neuropsychiatric disorders.

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