ASA Member Spotlight



Can you think of a colleague or mentor who has particularly inspired you in your career? Nominate them for our next Member Spotlight! This quick-hit Q&A series is designed to highlight the breadth of professional and personal experience among ASA's membership. Everyone has a story to tell - nominate a friend today.


  • Ever since his grandfather’s surgeon invited him to visit the OR as a teenager, Ty Slatton, MD, FASA, has had the bug. Now he’s bringing that enthusiasm to his work with medical students, exposing them to the realities and opportunities of practicing ...

  • For Michael Fabbro, DO, the “busyness” of a thriving cardiac surgery service served as inspiration to pursue a business degree. In this ASA Member Spotlight, he discusses how hard work, smart management, and a commitment to mentoring the next generation ...

  • @John Sudkamp took a circuitous route to anesthesiology following a stint in the Navy and a two-year hitch as a surgery resident. He’s since landed right back where he started, near his hometown in south-central Illinois, where he now practices in a ...

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  • Prepping for surgery is a daily occurrence for anesthesiologists, but for many patients it’s uncharted and potentially scary territory. In this ASA Member Spotlight, perioperative medicine specialist Jeanna Blitz, MD, FASA, highlights the power of a collaborative, ...

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  • Amber Brooks, MD, is an anesthesiologist and researcher studying chronic pain in older minority populations. She’s also an educator and mentor. In this ASA Member Spotlight, she shares her insights on guarding against bias in patient care, the future ...

  • Studying disparities in children’s oral health may seem like an unconventional choice for an anesthesiologist, but for Helen Lee MD, MPH, it’s a calling. In this ASA Member Spotlight, Dr. Lee discusses her research at the intersection of medicine and ...

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  • Assuming the top job in any organization has its challenges — and that’s before taking COVID into account. For ASA President Beverly Philip, MD, FACA, FASA, a healthy sense of adventure helps keep things in perspective. In this Member Spotlight, Dr. Philip ...

  • The standard of medical care shouldn’t change depending on who and where you are in the U.S., but that’s the reality for millions of Americans. Young physician Adam Milam, MD, PhD, has made it his mission to study the underlying factors that contribute ...

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  • Catherine Kuhn, MD, knows there are some in the medical community who still view “burnout” as a sign that certain physicians just can’t cut it. In this Member Spotlight, she tells ASA Community how she’s working to counteract the old thinking both personally ...

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  • William Hartman, MD, PhD, hasn’t only been on the front lines of the global pandemic – he’s been at the forefront of U.S. clinical trials to treat and vaccinate against COVID-19. In this ASA Community Member Spotlight, he takes us behind the scenes of ...

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  • Mark Polak, DO, FASA, has consistently gone the extra mile in his career, earning his certification in pediatric anesthesiology at the earliest opportunity. In this ASA Community Member Spotlight, he shares his experience serving as the solo anesthesiologist ...

  • Julie Freed, MD, PhD, splits her professional time between cardiac anesthesiology and vascular biology, with a couple other high-profile roles thrown in the mix. In this Member Spotlight, she tells ASA Community about her practice, her research, and her ...

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  • Now Residency Program Director at Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. @Annemarie Thompson has seen her professional life come full circle since earning her MD from Duke nearly 25 years ago. In this ASA Member Spotlight, she discusses how medical ...

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  • The medical school years are tough by any standard. For @Jared Sharza , the COVID-19 pandemic put his academic training on pause at the exact moment his clinical rotations were set to begin. In this Member Spotlight, he shares how working as an EMT at ...

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  • Robert Gaiser, MD, FASA , always wanted to be a doctor - just ask his mom. In this Member Spotlight, Dr. Gaiser shares how his laser focus on a medical career and anesthesiology as a specialty hasn't stopped him from engaging with his community on a ...

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  • Nominated by @Mary Gibbons , MD: “Of the three women residents I knew in residency, I went to Columbia for a cardiac fellowship, my co-chief went to a critical care fellowship, and the third went to a pediatrician cardiac fellowship. Other attendings ...

  • Dr. Alessia Pedoto is an Italian transplant who has spent most of her anesthesiology career in New York, where she completed her residency and has practiced for more than 20 years. In this Member Spotlight, she tells ASA Community about her initial culture ...

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  • This past summer, Dr. Lee Fleisher was tapped as Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) at CMS - responsible for the quality of care for 147 million Americans. In this Member Spotlight, he tells ASA ...

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  • Member Spotlight: @Robert Koebert , MD, FASA Nominated by: @James Mesrobian , MD, FASA Reason for Nomination: "He is a great advocate and wonderful example of an ‘older’ anesthesiologist who remains engaged." (Is there an ASA member you'd like ...

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  • Member Spotlight: @Lois Connolly , MD, FASA Nominated by: @Jesse Ehrenfeld , MD, FASA Reason for Nomination: "She created and leads a highly successful AA training program!" (Is there an ASA member you'd like to nominate for a Spotlight? ...

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  • Member Spotlight: @Tracey Straker , MD, MPH, MS, FASA Nominated by: @Crystal Wright , MD, FASA Reason for Nomination: "She's director of the ASA Mentoring Program and has done remarkable work!" (Is there an ASA member you'd like to nominate ...

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