2020 SPA Board of Directors Elections

Meet the Candidates

PRESIDENT

Nina Deutsch, MD

Dr. Deutsch

Dr. Deutsch

Name and City/State of Hospital or Institution for which you work
Children’s National Hospital
Washington, DC

Hospital/Institutional Titles
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics
Director, Division of Cardiac Anesthesiology

 

Name and City/State of College attended; degree and year obtained
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA  
Bachelor of Arts in Biology, 1995

Name and City/State of Medical School attended, degree and year obtained
University of Texas-Houston
MD, 1999

Name and City/State of Hospital where Internship was completed; type and dates attended; degree and year obtained       
Mercy Medical Center, University of Maryland
Baltimore, MD
Internship in Internal Medicine, July 1999-June 2000

Name and City/State of Hospital where Anesthesiology Residency was completed; dates of training
Johns Hopkins University Hospital
Baltimore, MD
July 2000- June 2003

Name and City/State of Hospital where Fellowship training was completed (if applicable); type and dates of Fellowship
Children’s National Medical Center
Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship, July 2003-July 2004

Name and City/State of Hospital/University where additional training was completed; type and dates of training
N/A

 Prior involvement in SPA (Board, Committee, etc.)

  • SPA Education Committee, 2011-present
  • Reviewer on the PBLD selection committee, 2011-present
  • Co-chair, Annual Meeting in New Orleans, 2014
  • Chair, Annual Meeting in San Diego, 2015
  • Secretary/Treasurer, 2016-2018
  • Finance and Membership Committee- 2016-Present
  • Executive Committee, 2016-Present
  • Myron Yaster Lifetime Achievement Award Committee, 2016-2018
  • SPA Board of Directors Strategic Planning Retreat, Phoenix, 2018
  • President-Elect, 2018 – present
  • Education Committee, Chair 2018-present
  • COPPA, Chair 2019-present
  • GME Task Force 2019-present
  • WELI Co-chair 2018 - present

Involvement with other national/international (pediatric) anesthesia organizations
From 2015-2018, I was a member of the ASA Pediatric Education Track committee.  In this role, I participated in the development of the clinical forum sessions for the ASA 2016-2019 meetings.  For the last two years, I have facilitated the submissions for the ASA Pediatric POCUS workshop.  I also served on the Editorial Board for the ASA Refresher Course Publication from 2017-2018.

I have been a member of the Society of Education in Anesthesia since 2007 and served as the Associate Chair of its Research in Education Committee from 2013-2015.  In 2015, I assumed the chair position.  In this role, I am tasked with overseeing the review and selection of the research and curriculum abstracts to be presented at the annual meeting, as well as the selection of the best abstract awards.  I am also a member of the selection committee for the SEAd Grant, a monetary grant supported by SEA that aims to support anesthesiology education projects.

Since 2011, I have been a member of the ABA Pediatric Boards Committee as a question writer and am now an Associate Editor involved in the development of the board exams.  In 2014, I also became an examiner for the ABA Part II Oral Board Exam.  Both of these positions will continue for the foreseeable future.

Examples of your collaborative and interpersonal skills
Daily, in both my clinical and academic work, I demonstrate strong interpersonal and collaborative skills. Currently, I am the Director of Cardiac Anesthesiology, which requires me to represent my clinical team in the Children’s National Heart Institute (CHNI).  In this center, I work continuously with the chiefs of cardiac surgery, intensive care, and cardiology to improve upon and further develop an outstanding care model within our hospital.  Representing my division amongst this group, I have a strong working relationship with the other leaders.  This role has often required me to both negotiate for my team and compromise with others to achieve our goals. 

Within my own division, I have developed several strong academic collaborations.  My ability to work with others, understand their needs, and support their academic goals has resulted in several successes for the team, including publications and clinical recognition.

Within SPA, I feel that my strong interpersonal skills have been essential in my various roles.  As a Program Chair, through my time as Secretary/Treasurer, and now as President-Elect, I have the pleasure of working with a diverse and outstanding group of individuals that come together with various ideas and experiences.  I have worked with both CCAS and SPPM through the education efforts of the Society.  Furthermore, I have had the pleasure of leading the new COPPA as we look to build strong relationships with other organizations and Societies. I hope to continue to foster this collaboration through good communication and recognition of various individual’s strengths as I continue to serve SPA. 

Leadership experience
Currently, I am the Director of Cardiac Anesthesiology at Children’s National Hospital.  In addition to my clinical work, this leadership role requires me to oversee a team of seven anesthesiologists that have subspecialized in the care of children with congenital heart disease.  Since assuming this role, our clinical service has continued to expand to include not only cardiac surgical cases but also the care of these children in cardiac catheterization, combined MRI/catheterization, and non-cardiac surgeries. As stated above, my role as a leader continues to grow within the CHNI, as I represent and lead a larger clinical care group beyond my own division.  

Furthermore, I am an academic mentor to my division as the Vice Chief of Academic Affairs for the Division of Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine.  In this leadership role, I have been able to identify the strengths of various individuals and foster these to help them build an academic career outside of the clinical work that they do.  This has resulted in several clinical studies and publications. I look forward to continuing this work on a larger scale.

VICE PRESIDENT

James J. Fehr, MD

Dr. Fehr

Dr. Fehr

Name and City/State of Hospital or Institution for which you work
Stanford University School of Medicine
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Palo Alto, CA

Hospital/Institutional Titles
Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics

Formerly at:
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
St. Louis, Missouri

Name and City/State of College attended; degree and year obtained
1984, BS Biomedical Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Name and City/State of Medical School attended, degree and year obtained
1988, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Name and City/State of Hospital where Internship was completed; type and dates attended; degree and year obtained
1988-1992 Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency

Name and City/State of Hospital where Anesthesiology Residency was completed; dates of training
1992-1994, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD

Name and City/State of Hospital where Fellowship training was completed (if applicable); type and dates of Fellowship
1994-1997, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD
Combined Pediatric Anesthesiology and Pediatric Critical Care Fellowships

Name and City/State of Hospital/University where additional training was completed (if applicable); type and dates of training
1988 (2 months) Hospital de Tropicales Infecciones,
Universidad Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Perú

Prior involvement in SPA (Board, Committee, etc.)
I was elected as a member of the Board of Directors of the SPA in 2014 and completed my four-year term in 2018. I was then elected to the SPA Executive Committee as the Secretary-Treasurer in 2018 and will complete my term this year. I became the chair of the SPA Quality and Safety Committee in 2019, a position I held until the Spring 2020 SPA meeting. I was the Program Chair for the October 2014 meeting in New Orleans and have been active in the Education Committee.  In 2019 I also became a member of PALC. I have helped organize the audiovisual capture of the meetings, have helped recruit speakers, have contributed lectures to IRPA that were not uniformly panned, and have developed deep and lasting friendships with other SPA members.

Involvement with other national/international (pediatric) anesthesia organizations
I am a member of the Academy of Anesthesiology. I am also a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a member of IARS and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. I am not actively involved in any leadership positions in any of these organizations as I barely have time to finish my Lucky Charms most mornings.

Examples of your collaborative and interpersonal skills

  • I spent the last 20 years of my life working in the domains of pediatric anesthesiology and pediatric critical care, particularly pediatric cardiac anesthesia and CICU. The challenges of working with intense and stress providers, perfectionist and abrupt caregivers, and worried and overwhelmed parents and family have taught me patience, resilience and the importance of good communication.
  • In August 2019, I became the Division Chief of Pediatric Anesthesiology at Stanford University and Anesthesiologist-in-Chief of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. I lead a group of over 60 pediatric anesthesiologists and pain psychologists and represent and advocate for the interest of our patients, our trainees, and our faculty at the department, hospital, and school of medicine.
  • Selected as director of the pediatric simulation center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where students, residents and staff learn to better communicate with others through modeled behavior, feedback and guided reflection.
  • Selected as the Assistant Ombuds for Washington University School of Medicine from 2016-2019, where I witnessed the suffering of talented and stressed individuals and provided a reflective ear and supportive guidance to help them navigate their personal and professional options.
  • I have been married to my wife Anne, a Professor of Child Psychiatry at Washington University, for 24 years and we have learned humility together through the raising of three headstrong boys.

Leadership experience

  • Anesthesiologist-in-Chief, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital August 2019 to present
  • Division Chief Pediatric Anesthesiology, Stanford School of Medicine August 2019 to present
  • At Large Member, SPA Board of Directors 2014-2018
  • Secretary-Treasurer SPA, 2018-present
  • Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiologist-Intensivist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital 1998-2019
  • Director of Pediatric Simulation Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital 2009-2019
  • Assistant Ombuds Washington University School of Medicine 2016-2019
  • Medical Officer, National Disaster Medical System since 2003
    • Served in New Orleans following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005
    • Served in Arecibo, PR following Hurricane Maria in 2017

SECRETARY-TREASURER

Peggy Penny McNaull, MD

Dr. McNaull

Dr. McNaull

Name and City/State of Hospital or Institution for which you work
North Carolina Children’s Hospital
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC

Hospital/Institutional Titles
Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics, UNC School of Medicine
Associate Chief Medical Officer, Quality and Safety, UNC Medical Center
Director of Quality, UNC Faculty Physicians            

Name and City/State of College attended; degree and year obtained
Georgia Baptist College of Nursing
Atlanta, GA
Bachelor of Science of Nursing, 06/1996

Name and City/State of Medical School attended, degree and year obtained
Louisiana State University, School of Medicine
New Orleans, LA
MD, 05/2003

Name and City/State of Hospital where Internship was completed; type and dates attended; degree and year obtained        
University of North Carolina Hospitals
Chapel Hill, NC
Clinical Base Year, 06/2003 - 06/2004

Name and City/State of Hospital where Anesthesiology Residency was completed; dates of training
University of North Carolina Hospitals
Chapel Hill, NC
06/2004 - 06/2007

Name and City/State of Hospital where Fellowship training was completed (if applicable); type and dates of Fellowship
University of North Carolina Hospitals
Chapel Hill, NC
06/2007 - 06/2008

Name and City/State of Hospital/University where additional training was completed (if applicable); type and dates of training
Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, TX
Pediatric Cardiovascular Anesthesiology, 07/2008 - 12/2008

Prior involvement in SPA (Board, Committee, etc.) If applicable – please provide a brief description of these activities

  • SPA Board of Directors, At-large member, 2016-present
  • SPA Task Force on the Future of Pediatric Anesthesia Graduate Medical Education, Co-Chair, 2018 - present
  • Hospital Leadership - Ask the Experts (Invited/Panel Presentation).  Given at SPA Winter meeting, 02/20
  • Women’s Enrichment and Leadership Initiative, Mentor 2018 – present
  • Practical Opioid Stewardship: What is a Pediatric Anesthesiologist’s Role in the Opioid Crisis?  (Invited/Oral Presentation).  Given at SPA Winter meeting, 03/19
  • SPA/AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology Winter Meeting, March 2018, Program Chair
  • SPA/AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology Winter Meeting, March 2017, Workshop Coordinator
  • SPA 29th Annual Meeting, Fall 2015, Co-chair – PBLD Coordinator
  • SPA/AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology Meeting, March 2015, Invited Session Moderator
  • SPA/AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology Meeting, March 2013, Junior member of planning committee
  • Education Committee, 2012 - present
  • Problem Based Learning Discussions Submission Reviewer, 2012 - present
  • The Myth of the Third Space (Invited/Oral Presentation).  Given at SPA spring meeting, 04/2011          

Involvement with other national/international (pediatric) anesthesia organizations. If applicable – please provide a brief description of organization. Please include past, present, and anticipated future leadership roles, with effective dates

  • ABA, Advanced Exam Committee, 2020 – present          
  • ABA, Advanced Exam Question Editor, Part II Examination 2016 – present  
  • ABA, Applied Exam Examiner 2015 – present                 
  • ABA, Advanced Exam Question Writer, Part I, II, and In-training Examinations
  • Pediatric Anesthesia Leadership Council (PALC), 2010 – 2018
  • CCAS, Meeting 2015, Invited Session Moderator
  • Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication in a 3-month-old s/p Norwood Procedure (Invited/Oral Presentation).  Given at Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society meeting, 02/2012

Examples of your collaborative and interpersonal skills
As a leader in quality and safety for my organization, it is imperative that I possess strong interpersonal skills and am able to collaborate across all disciplines.  I am a participatory leader and pride myself in always modelling the way, whether it be providing care to patients in the ORs, encouraging evidence-based quality improvement at a system-wide level, or leading an organization.  I am a “people person” and I strive to treat every person with whom I interact with the utmost respect.  These skills have afforded me the honor and privilege of leading numerous successful teams across my organization including those dedicated to Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, Opioid Stewardship, and Mortality Reduction. 

Leadership experience

  • Director of Quality, UNC Faculty Physicians, 2019-present
  • Associate Chief Medical Officer (ACMO) for Quality and Safety, UNC Hospitals 2018-present
  • Vice Chair for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, UNC Department of Anesthesiology, 2014-2020 
  • Division Chief for Pediatric Anesthesiology, UNC Department of Anesthesiology, 2009-2018

DIRECTOR CANDIDATES

Aditee P. Ambardekar, MD

Dr. Ambardekar

Dr. Ambardekar

Name and City/State of Hospital or Institution for which you work
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Parkland Memorial Hospital and Children’s Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Hospital/Institutional Titles
Associate Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Anesthesiology Residency Program Director
Parkland Hospital Director of Burn Anesthesia

Name and City/State of College attended; degree and year obtained.
University of Maryland, College Park, B.S. Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics 2000
College Park, Maryland

Name and City/State of Medical School attended, degree and year obtained
University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Medicine, MD 2004
Baltimore, Maryland

Name and City/State of Hospital where Internship was completed; type and dates attended; degree and year obtained       
George Washington University, Internal Medicine, July 2004-June 2005
Washington, District of Columbia

Name and City/State of Hospital where Anesthesiology Residency was completed; dates of training
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, July 2005- June 2008
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Name and City/State of Hospital where Fellowship training was completed (if applicable); type and dates of Fellowship
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, July 2008-June 2009
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Name and City/State of Hospital/University where additional training was completed (if applicable); type and dates of training
Master’s in Education, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania (2014-2016)

Prior involvement in SPA (Board, Committee, etc.)  If applicable – please provide a brief description of these activities
SPA Task Force on Graduate Medical Education, Education Sub-Committee:  As a group, we have been tasked to understand the current state of and future directions for pediatric anesthesiology training programs in the setting of recent work-force trends, accreditation requirements, and other forces.  I have co-led a small group of educators, who have designed and will facilitate a consensus-building approach to better understand what our community believes should be the state of pediatric anesthesiology fellowship programs moving forward. 

Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Initiative:  Mentee

SPA Simulation Interest Group:  This is a collaborative group of simulation educators who work on various aspects of pediatric anesthesiology simulation program development, education, and research.  Most recently, we have had a manuscript accepted in Pediatric Anesthesia that describes Simulation Program Utilization in Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Programs.

PAPDA:  Former member of PAPDA as an Associate Program Director for Pediatric Anesthesia at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
           
Involvement with other national/international (pediatric) anesthesia organizations. If applicable – please provide a brief description of organization.  Please include past, present, and anticipated future leadership roles, with effective dates
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) -- This national committee ensures quality of the country’s training programs based on accreditation requirements.
Anesthesiology Review Committee
Member (2016 - present)
Vice Chair (2018-present)
Chair (July 2020 to June 2023)

American Board of Anesthesiology
New Oral Board Examiner (2016-2019)
Associate Examiner for the Applied Exam (2019-present)

OpenAnesthesia, Pediatric Anesthesia Section -- Develop and manage content in the Pediatric Anesthesia section with monthly podcasts on key topics in pediatric anesthesia, interviews with experts in our field, and quarterly virtual Grand Rounds.
Section Co-Editor (2017 to present)

American Society of Anesthesiologists
Committee on Pediatric Anesthesia -- Member (2017-present)

Association of University Anesthesiologists
Associate Member -- (2018-present)

Examples of your collaborative and interpersonal skills
Two tenets of simulation-based education include teamwork and communication skills.  As an experienced simulation educator at my previous and current institutions, a Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesia (MOCA) instructor, an active educator at our institution’s Simulation Center, and course director for an on-site Simulation Facilitator’s Course, I rely on, use regularly, and mentor/teach about collaborative teamwork and interpersonal skills.

Leadership responsibilities locally and nationally have given me the opportunity to exercise my collaborative and interpersonal skills.  For example, we have developed a path forward on the Task Force for GME to convene a consensus-building process in pediatric anesthesiology with several education leaders across the country.

Leadership experience
National:
ACGME responsibilities as Vice Chair (2018-2020) and upcoming Chair (2020-2023) have given me the opportunity to be a leader in Anesthesiology education at a national level. 

Local/Institutional Leadership Experience:

  1. Residency Program Director, UT Southwestern Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management (2018-present).  As PD for an 80-resident program in a large, matrixed institution, I engage with institutional leaders at several of our hospital partners to ensure high quality and safe education for our residents.
  2. As the Director of Burn Anesthesia at Parkland Hospital, I have had to engage clinical leaders and hospital leaders to build a safer pediatric program for the burn-injured children and establish clinical protocols for their care.
  3. Leadership Certificate Program, UT Southwestern Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management, (2019-present)

Sean S. Barnes, MD

Dr. Barnes
Dr. Barnes

Name and City/State of Hospital or Institution for which you work
Johns Hopkins / Baltimore, MD

Hospital/Institutional Titles
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Name and City/State of College attended; degree and year obtained
University of Chicago / Chicago, IL; BA in Biology / 2004

Name and City/State of Medical School attended, degree and year obtained
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine / Chicago, IL / MD, 2010

Name and City/State of Hospital where Internship was completed; type and dates attended; degree and year obtained    
Johns Hopkins / Baltimore, MD; Combined Pediatrics and Anesthesiology Residency; attended 2010-2015 earning board certification in both Pediatrics and Anesthesiology

Name and City/State of Hospital where Anesthesiology Residency was completed; dates of training
Johns Hopkins / Baltimore, MD; Combined Pediatrics and Anesthesiology Residency; attended 2010-2015

Name and City/State of Hospital where Fellowship training was completed (if applicable); type and dates of Fellowship
Johns Hopkins / Baltimore, MD; Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship; 2015-2017
Johns Hopkins / Baltimore, MD; Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship; 2017-2018           

Name and City/State of Hospital/University where additional training was completed (if applicable); type and dates of training
Johns Hopkins / Baltimore, MD; Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology Fellowship; 2018      

Prior involvement in SPA (Board, Committee, etc.)  If applicable – please provide a brief description of these activities
In 2016, I championed the creation of a special interest group for pediatric anesthesia trainees. The SPA Pediatric Anesthesia Trainee Group was established in collaboration with the SPA Board of Directors (BOD). I served as the Pediatric Anesthesia Trainee Group Chair for two years. In this role I attended all BOD meetings advocating for trainee interests. Additionally, I worked closely with the Pediatric Anesthesiology Program Directors Association (PAPDA) president to host joint events at annual conferences. Lastly, I created bylaws and an election process for future Pediatric Anesthesia Trainee Group leadership.

I have been a member of the SPA Communications Committee since 2015. I have authored multiple newsletter contributions and have worked closely with Dr. Sean Flack in expanding the society’s social media presence. In 2019, I was appointed Vice Chair of the committee and in 2020, I was appointed Chair.

In 2018 I served on the SPA Strategic Planning Committee. We advocated for the addition of a media expert to manage and coordinate media infrastructure. Ultimately this resulted in hiring Steve Peterson & Associates to help coordinate social media initiatives across SPA, CCAS, and SPPM.

In 2019, I was asked to join the Committee on Public and Professional Affairs (COPPA). The goal of COPPA is to work with other societies to develop an appropriate mechanism whereby advocacy issues can be vetted and consensus statements developed. This committee is working to develop a mechanism by which advocacy work for SPA will be communicated to the members and the general public.
           
Involvement with other national/international (pediatric) anesthesia organizations. If applicable – please provide a brief description of organization.  Please include past, present, and anticipated future leadership roles, with effective dates
I am involved in three additional anesthesia and critical care organizations – the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Critical Care (AAP SOCC), the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society (CCAS), and ANESTHESIOLOGY journal.

I have been an AAP SOCC Social Media Ambassador since 2016. In this program we coined the hashtag #PedsICU to curate content relevant to pediatric critical care on the social media platform Twitter. In a given week, this hashtag is included in 2400 tweets by 1000 participants, resulting in over 6 million impressions.

Additionally, I have been an active member within the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Society Communications Committee. In 2018, I was able to lead the expansion of their social media presence by creating and curating the official CCAS Twitter account. Additionally, I have contributed to multiple newsletters.

Recently, I was invited to join the ANESTHESIOLOGY Social Media Ambassador Program. Through this program, I plan to disseminate journal content and spark discussion of particular interest to pediatric anesthesiologists by leveraging social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

I have no anticipated future leadership roles within these organizations at this time.

Examples of your collaborative and interpersonal skills
Collaborative and interpersonal skills are often put to the test during our daily jobs as pediatric anesthesiologists. However, a recent encounter at the SPA Annual meeting exemplifies my collaborative and interpersonal skills. At the meeting I was approached by SPA Women's Empowerment and Leadership Initiative (WELI) to help establish their social media presence.

After a brief in person conversation, we laid out a strategy to effectively and efficiently achieve this goal. I provided recommendations on creating a taskforce and suggested SPA WELI members who were already active on Twitter. Recognizing that the SPA WELI leadership had a better understanding of their members’ strengths, I assumed a supportive role providing content expertise. Working with SPA BOD and SPA WELI leadership, we were able to create and launch a SPA WELI Twitter account within one month of the Annual Meeting. 

Leadership experience
As outlined above, within SPA my leadership experience includes serving as the SPA Pediatric Anesthesia Trainee Group Chair for two years and currently serving as the Chair for the SPA Communications Committee.

I have served various leadership roles at Johns Hopkins within the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (ACCM). As a resident, I served on the ACCM Milestones Evaluation Committee, lead the ACCM Residency Education Committee and was elected Chief Resident. During fellowship I organized our PICU’s Weekly Case Conference, was active in the Johns Hopkins PICU Leadership Council, and served as the Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship Scheduler.

Currently, I co-lead the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia Consult Service and serve as the Pediatric ACCM Lead for the Pediatric Esophageal Treatment Center. Lastly, I am the Johns Hopkins PICU Up! delirium component lead. In this role, I lead quality improvement initiatives in both our PICU and PCICU to decrease the incidence and severity of delirium impacting our critically ill children.

On a more personal note, I serve as one of the Adult Committee Members for my daughter, Harper’s, Cub Scout Pack.

Melissa Brooks Peterson, MD

Dr. Brooks Peterson
Dr. Brooks Peterson

Name and City/State of Hospital or Institution for which you work 
Children’s Hospital Colorado / University of Colorado School of Medicine – Department of Anesthesiology, Aurora, CO.

Hospital/Institutional Titles
Associate Professor

Name and City/State of College attended; degree and year obtained
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (double major), 2002.

Name and City/State of Medical School attended, degree and year obtained
University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI; Doctor of Medicine Degree with Distinction in Research, 2006.

Name and City/State of Hospital where Internship was completed; type and dates attended; degree and year obtained
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI; Transitional Year Program and Chief Resident, 2007.         

Name and City/State of Hospital where Anesthesiology Residency was completed; dates of training Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; 2007-2010.

Name and City/State of Hospital where Fellowship training was completed (if applicable); type and dates of Fellowship
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia / University of Pennsylvania Hospital / Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA; 2010-2011.
           
Name and City/State of Hospital/University where additional training was completed (if applicable); type and dates of training
NA

Prior involvement in SPA (Board, Committee, etc.) If applicable – please provide a brief description of these activities

  • SPA Meeting Program Chairperson, Meeting Planning Committee Director, 2019 Winter Meeting, Houston, TX. Served as the chairperson for our biggest meeting at the time with 1200 attendees. Responsible for chairing the meeting planning committee (2018-2019), expanding workshop offerings substantially, and bringing in novel plenary curricula for our membership. Also responsible for bringing a real NASA Astronaut suit to our ballroom!
  • SPA Meeting Co-Chair, Chair for Workshops, 2018 Winter Meeting, Phoenix, AZ.
  • SPA Meeting Co-Chair, Chair for Problem-Based Learning Discussions, 2017 Winter Meeting, Austin, TX.
  • SPA Meeting Planning Committee, Shadow to Program Chair (Kirk Lalwani), 2016 Winter Meeting, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO.
  • SPA Young Turks Program, 2015 Winter Meeting, Phoenix, AZ.
  • SPA Finance and Membership Committee, 2018 – present.
  • SPA Education Committee Member, 2011 – present.
  • SPA Quality and Safety Committee Member, 2011 – 2019.

Involvement with other national/international (pediatric) anesthesia organizations. If applicable – please provide a brief description of organization. Please include past, present, and anticipated future leadership roles, with effective dates

  • Colorado Society of Anesthesiologists, Board Member and Officer, 2013 – present.
  • International Aerodigestive Society Board Member, present.
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists, House of Delegates for State of Colorado, 2019 – present.
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists, Reference Committee Member, Committee on Professional Affairs, 2019.

Examples of your collaborative and interpersonal skills

  • The best examples of my collaborative and interpersonal skills are evident in my long-time involvement and dedication to the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (SPA), mostly on the Education Committee and in the Meeting Planning capacity. In those roles, it was imperative for me to remain thoughtful, detail-oriented, willing to hear many different ideas before making decisions or formulating a plan, and then executing successfully on that plan. I display a great degree of enthusiasm for the SPA in its current state, and also have the energy, time and vision to propel the organization where we want it to be in the next 5-10 years.
  • In my local Anesthesiology community in Colorado, I am an active board member and officer for the Colorado Society of Anesthesiologists (CSA) which guides policy, advocacy, and governance for our State and liaises with the American Society of Anesthesiology to participate in governance and committee work at the national level. We work diligently to protect the interests of all of our members, as well as advocate for Anesthesiologists at the State and National level.
  • At Children’s Hospital Colorado I work as the Pediatric Faculty liaison for our Otolaryngology Department and our sickest/most complex airway cases. I am highly involved clinically and in leadership for our multidisciplinary Aerodigestive Team (also sit on the Board of Directors for that society). I have recently finished a six-year run as the Associate Director for Visitors’ Education and active member of the Education Committee for the Section of Pediatric Anesthesiology at Children’s Colorado.
  • I asked a few of my colleagues at Children’s Colorado, at the SPA, and the CSA to describe me, specifically focused on my interpersonal and collaborative skills. Here is what I received:
    • “passionate, determined, driven, committed”
    • “collaborative, extremely conscientious, kind and thoughtful of fellow colleagues and friends…  ALWAYS willing to go above and beyond to get the job done, dedicated to the enhancement of our society”
    • “extremely effective collaborator in the areas of education, research, and scientific publication, interpersonal skills include service to organized medicine... and as a tireless advocate for patient safety, especially in pediatric anesthesia”
    • “loyal, collaborative, eager to help”

Leadership experience

  • SPA Meeting Program Chairperson, Meeting Planning Committee Director, 2019 Winter Meeting, Houston, TX.
  • SPA Meeting Co-Chair, Chair for Workshops, 2018 Winter Meeting, Phoenix, AZ.
  • SPA Meeting Co-Chair, Chair for Problem-Based Learning Discussions, 2017 Winter Meeting, Austin, TX.
  • Colorado Society of Anesthesiologists, Board Member and Officer, 2013 – present.
  • International Aerodigestive Society Board Member, present.
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists, House of Delegates for State of Colorado, 2019 – present.
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists, Reference Committee Member, Committee on Professional Affairs, 2019.
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology Liaison to Department of Otolaryngology, Department of Anesthesiology, Section of Pediatric Anesthesiology, Children’s Hospital Colorado, 2013 – present.
  • Medical Director, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), Department of Anesthesiology, Section of Pediatric Anesthesiology, Children’s Hospital Colorado, 2014-2016.

Christina D. Diaz, MD, FASA, FAAP

Dr. Diaz
Dr. Diaz

Name and City/State of Hospital or Institution for which you work.
Medical College of Wisconsin/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI

Hospital/Institutional Titles
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

Name and City/State of College attended; degree and year obtained
University of Denver, BA 1998 – Denver, CO

Name and City/State of Medical School attended, degree and year obtained
Baylor College of Medicine, MD 2003 – Houston, TX

Name and City/State of Hospital where Internship was completed; type and dates attended; degree and year obtained       
07/01/2003 - 06/30/2004 Internal Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, WI

Name and City/State of Hospital where Anesthesiology Residency was completed; dates of training
07/01/2004 - 06/30/2007 Anesthesiology, Medical College of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, WI

Name and City/State of Hospital where Fellowship training was completed (if applicable); type and dates of Fellowship
08/2007 - 07/2008 Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship, Medical College of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, WI

Name and City/State of Hospital/University where additional training was completed (if applicable); type and dates of training
N/A

Prior involvement in SPA (Board, Committee, etc.) If applicable – please provide a brief description of these activities

  • SPA 30th Annual Meeting, Program Chair
  • Online Intensive Review Pediatric Anesthesia, Program Co-Chair,
  • SPA Education Committee, Member
  • PBLD reviewer

Involvement with other national/international (pediatric) anesthesia organizations. If applicable – please provide a brief description of organization.  Please include past, present, and anticipated future leadership roles, with effective dates
I have served the Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologist (WSA) Board of Directors since 2012 in the roles of Delegate and District 1 Director. I currently serve the WSA as their Secretary/Treasurer. I have also served as a Delegate to the House of Delegates at the American Society of Anesthesiologist (ASA) annual meeting since 2012. I hold a position on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) – Section of Anesthesia and Pain (SOA) since 2018.  I serve on the Committee on Pediatric Anesthesia, Committee on Anesthesiologist Assistant Education and Practice, and Educational Track Subcommittee on Pediatric Anesthesia for the ASA.

Examples of your collaborative and interpersonal skills
I have been involved in teaching conflict resolution strategies at national meetings since 2009 and to incoming housestaff for the Medical College since 2012. As part of my various roles in education and committee work, I have had a special interest in identifying different conflict personality types, negotiation styles, and communication patterns. This knowledge can be applied to debriefing after a simulation session, defusing a situation in the operating room, giving feedback after a difficult day, or achieving the right balance in advocating for your patients.

Leadership experience
At a national level, I have served in various leadership roles including chair of the 30th Annual SPA Meeting and the chair of the Midwest Anesthesia Resident Conference 2020. Regionally, my prolonged commitment to the Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologist has required both a time commitment and dedication to advocacy for our patients and specialty. Locally, I served the last 10 years as the Assistant Program Director and Children’s Hospital Site Director for the Anesthesiology residency. I also serve as the Housestaff Health and Welfare Committee Chair and run the pediatric fellowship simulation program. Regardless of my role, all these positions have required a dedication to the work, flexibility, an eagerness to work with others, diligence and time, and the commitment to complete my accepted tasks.

Vidya Tinku Raman, MD, MBA, FASA, FAAP

Dr. Raman
Dr. Raman

Name and City/State of Hospital or Institution for which you work
Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH

Name and City/State of College attended; degree and year obtained
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY
BS in 1993 Magna cum Laude

Name and City/State of Medical School attended, degree and year obtained
Albany Medical College, Albany, NY
MD in 1996

Name and City/State of Hospital where Internship was completed; type and dates attended; degree and year obtained
Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
Pediatrics Residency 1996-1999

Name and City/State of Hospital where Anesthesiology Residency was completed; dates of training
Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, MD
1999-2002

Name and City/State of Hospital where Fellowship training was completed (if applicable); type and dates of Fellowship
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Pediatric anesthesia 2003-2005

Name and City/State of Hospital/University where additional training was completed (if applicable); type and dates of training
N/A

Prior involvement in SPA (Board, Committee, etc.) If applicable – please provide a brief description of these activities

  • Pediatric Perioperative Surgical Home, Chair 2016-current
  • Research Committee, member 2016-current
  • Education Committee, member 2015-current
  • Bioinformatics Committee, member 2014-current
  • Difficult Airway Committee, member 2014-current
  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee, member 2019-current
  • Conservation Committee, member 2020-current

Involvement with other national/international (pediatric) anesthesia organizations. If applicable – please provide a brief description of organization.  Please include past, present, and anticipated future leadership roles, with effective dates.

American Society of Anesthesia (ASA)
The American Society of Anesthesia is an educational, research, and scientific society organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology.

  • ACE Editorial Board- (ASA): member, 2017-2020
  • Medically Challenging Cases and Scientific Advisory Committee (ASA): member, 2015-current
  • Guidelines Committee (ASA): member, 2017-2019
  • PBLD Committee (ASA): member, 2016

Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine (SASM)
The mission is to advance standards for clinical problems shared by Anesthesiology and Sleep Medicine, including perioperative management of sleep disordered breathing, and to promote interdisciplinary communication, education, and research in matters common to anesthesia and sleep.

  • OSA Pediatric Executive Committee (SASM) 2013-current

International Society for the Perioperative Care of the Obese Patient
The mission is advance perioperative management of obesity internationally.

  • Executive Committee (ISCOP) 2016-current

Examples of your collaborative and interpersonal skills
At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, for more than a decade, I have been the director of PreAdmission Testing (PAT). During that time and prior to the pandemic, the number of patients has grown from 20,000 to almost 40,000 patients. It was important to involve various medical and surgical fields in the discussion, especially if the patients live far away. In this collaboration, we worked with all services and disciplines to formulate our perioperative guidelines. We have also reached out nationally to seek expertise from other institutions. We were among the first to set up Telemedicine.

Whether it is values-based healthcare or obstructive sleep apnea, I have reached out nationally and internationally to collaborate with qualified and experienced clinicians.

Leadership experience
I have been the Director of Nationwide Children’s PAT over the last decade. My title and responsibilities changed to become the Senior Executive Director of Faculty Mentoring and Clinical Guidelines Management. I have worked within our department and the hospital to ensure that we have the latest evidence-based guidelines.

Recently, I oversaw our Task Force for COVID and Anesthesia. From the ground up, it was extraordinary to work with the talented group of people to prepare for this pandemic. We learned a great deal about air exchanges, HEPA filters, donning/doffing, and simulation. In the background, clinical activity, albeit reduced, still was ongoing, all amid a constant barrage of information and misinformation. Our team managed to take the lead and interface with outside departments who looked to us for guidance. This was not a perfect exercise and done in a time-pressured manner. I have never been so proud to be with a group. I have been excited to share some of our work with other institutions nationally and internationally.

Leadership is not about being the loudest nor the smartest in the room. It is being present and being able to listen. I learned important lessons in leadership during my MBA at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. From various CEOs of multibillion-dollar companies to humble academicians, the common theme for success was the ability to listen and know that leadership is a work in progress. There is no magic formula, and there is a need to constantly reevaluate and commit. Those are the qualities I hope to bring to any leadership position I assume. 

Kasia Rubin, MD, MBA

Dr. Rubin
Dr. Rubin

Name and City/State of Hospital or Institution for which you work
Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH

Hospital/Institutional Titles
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Division Chief, Pediatric Anesthesiology

Name and City/State of College attended; degree and year obtained
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; BA, 2000

Name and City/State of Medical School attended, degree and year obtained
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH; MD, 2003

Name and City/State of Hospital where Internship was completed; type and dates attended; degree and year obtained   
University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH; Surgery 2003 - 2004         

Name and City/State of Hospital where Anesthesiology Residency was completed; dates of training
Case Western Reserve University, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH; Anesthesiology 2004 - 2007

Name and City/State of Hospital where Fellowship training was completed (if applicable); type and dates of Fellowship
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH; Pediatric Anesthesiology 2007 - 2008           

Name and City/State of Hospital/University where additional training was completed (if applicable); type and dates of training
Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Bloomington, IN; MBA, 2015 - 2017

Prior involvement in SPA (Board, Committee, etc.) If applicable – please provide a brief description of these activities

  • Education Committee 2010 – Present
  • Program Shadow, Winter Meeting 2016
  • PALC 2016 - Present
  • WELI 2018 - Present
  • Program Co-Chair, Annual Meeting 2019
  • Program Chair, Annual Meeting 2020

Involvement with other national/international (pediatric) anesthesia organizations. If applicable – please provide a brief description of organization. Please include past, present, and anticipated future leadership roles, with effective dates

  • American Board of Anesthesiology, Examiner for Applied Exam, 2014 - Present
  • National Commission for Certification of Anesthesia Assistants, test question writer and editor, 2012 – 2016
  • American Society of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Surgical Home Learning Collaborative Pediatric Team Champion, 2014 - 2016

Examples of your collaborative and interpersonal skills

  • Covid-19 has been a proving ground for collaboration. Early on during the crisis, I brought together the nursing, surgical and anesthesia teams and developed a single narrative of information, emphasizing the collective goal of health care provider and patient safety. These initial talks, before they devolved into system-wide administrative meetings, facilitated a transparent exchange of information and initial development of best practices. We met daily and with the help of the Case Western Reserve University Innovation group, an acrylic intubation box was designed based on information on social media. These boxes were donated for our use in the operating rooms, emergency rooms, and intensive care units in our system. Furthermore, early in the crisis, two colleagues and I developed an improved intubation technique for use on asymptomatic carriers, preserving PPE and minimizing contamination. This technique was videotaped and posted on my Twitter account, resulting in about 45,000 views between mid-March to mid-April.
  • With colleagues in pediatric anesthesia and intensive care, along with two nurse practitioners, we maintain a comprehensive pediatric pain service. At its core, our service embodies collaborative and interpersonal skills among the care providers. Not only are many of the patient interactions dependent on high level communication between the physicians and chronic pain patients, but the organization of the service line requires multidisciplinary collaboration. Maintaining and growing the various services provided to patients has required collaboration across many disciplines and has led to the development of opioid stewardship programs, in addition to the comprehensive pain management that is offered for our inpatient population.

Leadership experience

  • Division Chief, Pediatric Anesthesiology 2016 – Present: Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital exists as a children’s hospital under the umbrella of an adult hospital, University Hospitals of Cleveland, providing me a unique experience and challenges leading the division. I have been fortunate to lead a team of 10 pediatric anesthesiologists and have enjoyed planning, implementing, hiring, directing, evaluating, and growing our pediatric anesthesiology activities and services within the hospital.
  • Fellowship Director, Pediatric Anesthesiology 2013 – 2016: As the fellowship director, I led our recruiting and selection as well as aided the fellows in matching their learning needs with the available clinical caseload. The fellowship during my tenure developed a multidisciplinary educational program with fellows from surgical intensive care, pediatric intensive care, and pediatric anesthesiology. In addition to their clinical training, I aided in establishing and promoting a program in which the fellows completed courses at Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management in healthcare finance, process improvement, patient relations, emotional intelligence, and appreciative inquiry. This curriculum allowed the fellows to graduate with excellent clinical abilities as well as a set of skills to help them advance in leadership roles in their future careers.
  • Anesthesia Leadership Team, Pediatric Pain Service 2011 – Present: Along with two other colleagues in pediatric anesthesia and pediatric intensive care, we developed the inpatient pediatric pain service, managing all complex pediatric pain needs for medical and surgical patients. As a team, we have provided the clinical management of these patients during the perioperative period as well as during inpatient stay and have written all pain related policies. This has led to a significant culture change where pain management is a true priority for the institution, as reflected by achieving the certification of Rainbow Babies & Children’s as a ChildKind Institution.

Judit M. Szolnoki, MD, MS, PSL

Dr. Szolnoki
Dr. Szolnoki

Name and City/State of Hospital or Institution for which you work
USAP Nevada, Las Vegas, NV - current
Nemours Children’s Hospital, Orlando, FL - July 2020

Hospital/Institutional Titles
Sunrise Children’s Hospital Medical Director of Children’s Anesthesia, Las Vegas, NV - current Chair of Anesthesiology, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Orlando, FL - July 2020

Name and City/State of College attended; degree and year obtained
Grew up in Hungary where after completing high school I immediately attended a 6-year medical school (no college system at that time)

Name and City/State of Medical School attended, degree and year obtained
Semmelweis University of Medicine, MD 1995

Name and City/State of Hospital where Internship was completed; type and dates attended; degree and year obtained        
SUNY Upstate Medical School, University Hospital, Syracuse, NY 07/1998-06/1999, Urology

Name and City/State of Hospital where Anesthesiology Residency was completed; dates of training.
SUNY Upstate Medical School, University Hospital, Syracuse, NY 07/1999-062002 Anesthesiology

Name and City/State of Hospital where Fellowship training was completed (if applicable); type and dates of Fellowship.
University of Colorado, The Children’s Hospital Colorado (currently known as Children’s Hospital Colorado), Aurora, CO  08/2007-07/2008 Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship

Name and City/State of Hospital/University where additional training was completed (if applicable); type and dates of training
SUNY Upstate Medical School, University Hospital, Syracuse, 07/2002-10/2002 Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL - Patient Safety Leadership Master’s Program 07/2013-05/2015

Prior involvement in SPA (Board, Committee, etc.) If applicable – please provide a brief description of these activities

  • Member of Quality and Patient Safety Committee - member for several years, regularly attend meetings and contribute to discussions
  • Pediatric Difficult Airway SIG - member since inception
  • Pediatric Difficult Airway Workshop Faculty
  • PALC - past member

Involvement with other national/international (pediatric) anesthesia organizations. If applicable – please provide a brief description of organization. Please include past, present, and anticipated future leadership roles, with effective dates
ISPA - International Symposium on the Pediatric Airway is a multidisciplinary conference put together every 2-3 years. The program aims to pull in all specialties concerned with the pediatric airways including anesthesiologists, intensivists, otolaryngologists, and pulmonologists. I have been co-organizer of the meetings since 2011.

Examples of your collaborative and interpersonal skills

  • Professionalism Conference and Workshop - PALC organized workshop to provide a comprehensive lecture series related to topics in professionalism to program directors (train the trainer). I contributed on the topic of “second victims” and impaired physicians.
  • I have facilitated communication between PALC and a national anesthesia private practice group that takes care of a significant number of children in the community. The collaboration will strengthen the presence of private practice pediatric anesthesiologists within SPA and will bring the resources and knowledge that SPA provides to practices that previously had no easy access to it. This will result in better care of children nationwide.
  • I am a trained professional coach, earned my certificate from Erickson Coaching International in 2018.

Leadership experience

  • Interim Chair of Pediatric Anesthesiology Children’s Hospital Colorado 04/2014-07/2017
  • Medical Director of Children’s Anesthesia, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Las Vegas, NV 09/2017-present
  • Chair, Sunrise Health GME Consortium's CLER committee, 10/2017 - present

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