BOARD OF DIRECTORS







MEET OUR DIRECTORS

Get to know the 13 directors who cultivate the Board’s vision and establish the standards for our continuously evolving specialty.




Deborah J. Culley, M.D. 
President

Dr. Culley is an attending physician and vice chair of research at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and an associate professor of anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. She is the ABA’s president and serves on its Credentialing and Continuing Certification and Research Committees. Dr. Culley serves as chair of the Academic Anesthesiology Committee of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. She is a past president of the Society of Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care, serves on the executive editorial board of Anesthesiology and is currently funded by the NIA to study the effects of baseline cognitive impairment on outcomes in older surgical patients.

Andrew J. Patterson, M.D., Ph.D. 
Vice President

Dr. Patterson is professor and chair of the department of anesthesiology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. He previously served as the Larson Professor and executive vice chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. Prior to that he spent nearly two decades on the faculty at Stanford University, where he served as an associate professor of anesthesiology, chief of the Critical Care Medicine Division and director of the Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program. His clinical focus includes critical care medicine, as well as intraoperative anesthesia care for thoracic and vascular surgery. His research interests include adrenergic receptor biology, vascular biology, hemodynamic physiology and pharmacology, as well as the cardiovascular impact of sepsis. Dr. Patterson is the ABA’s vice president, chair of its Credentialing and Continuing Certification Committee and serves on its Standardized Oral Examination and Social, Technological, Economic, Environmental, and Political Factors (STEEP) Advisory Committees. He is also an ex-officio member of the Anesthesiology Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Anesthesiology.


David O. Warner, M.D. 
Secretary

Dr. Warner is a professor of anesthesiology, clinician investigator and consultant for the Department of Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he practices pediatric anesthesiology. He directs the Mayo Clinic Office of Health Disparities Research and Anesthesia Clinical Research Unit, and is the associate director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. He is the ABA’s secretary and serves on its Credentialing and Continuing Certification, OSCE, ADVANCED Exam, and Social, Technological, Economic, Environmental, and Political Factors (STEEP) Advisory Committees. Dr. Warner’s research interests include respiratory physiology, outcomes of anesthesia and surgery, tobacco control, neurotoxicity of anesthetics and substance use disorders.


Santhanam Suresh, M.D., M.B.A. 
Treasurer

Dr. Suresh is the Arthur C. King Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital). He is a professor of pediatrics and anesthesiology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He previously served as the vice chairman and director of research for the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology at Lurie’s Children’s Hospital and as chair of its Pain Practices Committee. Dr. Suresh is the ABA’s treasurer and serves on its Assessments, Research and Pediatric Anesthesiology Examination Committees. He also serves as co-chair of the SmartTots PPP Steering Committee, as chair of the Educational Track Subcommittee on Pediatric Anesthesia for the American Society of Anesthesiologists and on the board of trustees for the International Anesthesia Research Society. He is also a member of the Anesthesiology Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Anesthesiology.


Daniel J. Cole, M.D. 
Board Member

Dr. Cole is a professor of clinical anesthesiology and the vice chair for professional and business development at David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is an ABA director and serves as its executive director, professional affairs and as a member of the Credentialing and Continuing Certification, and Social, Technological, Economic, Environmental, and Political Factors (STEEP) Advisory Committees. Dr. Cole is also on the board of directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. He is a prior president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.


Rupa J. Dainer, M.D. 
Board Member

Dr. Dainer is medical director and chief strategy officer at the Pediatrics Specialists of Virginia. She served honorably as a commander in the United States Navy until her end of service in October 2015. During her time in service, she was chief of pediatric anesthesia at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. In 2009, Dr. Dainer deployed to Afghanistan to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom and then deployed to the Dominican Republic in 2013 to participate in Medical Readiness Training Exercises. She is an ABA director, and serves as chair of its Standardized Oral Examination Committee and a member of the Credentialing and Continuing Certification, Research, Pediatric Anesthesiology MOCA Minute and Pediatric Anesthesiology Examination Committees.


Brenda G. Fahy, M.D.
Board Member

Dr. Fahy is a professor of anesthesiology at the University of Florida and associate chair and division chief, Anesthesiology Critical Care. She is the medical director of Critical Care Medicine-Anesthesiology Clinical Services at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. She also serves as program director for the Combined Critical Care Adult Cardiothoracic and Critical Care Medicine Fellowships. Dr. Fahy is an ABA director and serves on its Assessments, Research and Critical Care Medicine Examination Committees. Her research interests include studies in the critically ill patient population and multidisciplinary translational research teams as well as educational studies.


Robert R. Gaiser, M.D. 
Board Member

Dr. Gaiser is the chairman for the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Kentucky where he also serves as a professor of anesthesiology in the School of Medicine. He previously served as the program director for the Department of Anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he also served as a professor of anesthesiology and critical care, as well as a staff anesthesiologist. Additionally, he was a professor within the Department of Pharmacology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and School of Nursing at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His academic interests include education and obstetric anesthesia, while he focuses his clinical work on the care of the pregnant patient. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. He is an ABA director, chair of its Assessments and Nonstandard Examinations Committees and a member of the BASIC Examination and Social, Technological, Economic, Environmental, and Political Factors (STEEP) Advisory Committees. He serves on the Committee on Continuing Certification (3C) of the American Board of Medical Specialties.


Mark T. Keegan, M.B., B.Ch.
Board Member

Dr. Keegan is a professor of anesthesiology and fulltime clinician, who works as a consultant anesthesiologist and intensivist in the operating rooms and intensive care units at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He is an ABA director and serves on the Research, Assessments, In-Training Examination, Standardized Oral Examination and Critical Care Medicine Examination Committees. He serves on the Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the American Board of Medical Specialties. He has been honored with the Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship Award and multiple critical care clinician of the year and teacher of the year awards. He has received the Mayo Critical Care Master Clinician and Educator Hall of Fame Awards and has twice received the Mayo Department of Anesthesia Distinguished Clinician Award. Dr. Keegan’s research interests include the use of prognostic scoring systems in the intensive care unit and critical care of the liver transplant recipient.


Alex Macario, M.D., M.B.A. 
Board Member

Dr. Macario a professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, and, by courtesy, health research and policy at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He also serves as vice-chair for Education and program director for the Anesthesia Residency. Dr. Macario is an ABA director, serves as chair of the Research Committee and is a member of the Credentialing and Continuing Certification and OSCE Committees. He is also a member of the Anesthesiology Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Anesthesiology. His research career has been dedicated to the economics of health care, in particular costs, quality and outcomes for patients having surgery and anesthesia.


Thomas M. McLoughlin Jr., M.D.
Board Member

Dr. McLoughlin serves as chair of anesthesiology for Lehigh Valley Health Network. He is also a professor of surgery in the Division of Surgical Anesthesiology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and a clinical professor at DeSales University. He is an ABA director, serves as chair of its Social, Technological, Economic, Environmental, and Political Factors (STEEP) Advisory Committee and is a member of its Assessments, Nonstandard Examinations and MOCA Minute Committees. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. He is the editor-in-chief of Advances in Anesthesia, which is published annually by Elsevier.


Margaret Pisacano, B.S.N., J.D.
Board Member

Ms. Pisacano is the ABA’s public member director and serves on the Credentialing and Continuing Certification, Nonstandard Examinations and Social, Technological, Economic, Environmental, and Political Factors (STEEP) Advisory Committees. She is an associate general counsel for the University of Kentucky and director of Risk Management for UK HealthCare. She is an adjunct faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Law where she supervises an Externship for law students in the UK HealthCare Department of Risk Management.  Ms. Pisacano graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 1980, and worked as a registered nurse for nine years primarily in the operating room and labor and delivery. She graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law with honors in 1989, and worked as a medical malpractice defense trial lawyer in private practice for 18 years prior to assuming the directorship of the UK HealthCare Department of Risk Management in 2007.


James P. Rathmell, M.D.
Board Member

Dr. Rathmell is the chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He previously served as chief of the Division of Pain Medicine and executive vice chair of the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In 2012, he was appointed as the inaugural Henry Knowles Beecher Professor of Anesthesia at MGH. Dr. Rathmell is an ABA director and serves on its Assessments, Pain Medicine Examination, and Social, Technological, Economic, Environmental, and Political Factors (STEEP) Advisory Committees. Dr. Rathmell’s current research interest focuses on examining the effectiveness of new and emerging treatments for pain.

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