Slate of Officer and Director Candidates Announced
Online voting is open on SCA’s website for board of directors and committee candidates. Officer elections will occur at the annual business meeting on April 8, 2013.
Linda Shore-Lesserson, MD
Dr. Linda Shore-Lesserson is Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at Northshore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. Dr. Shore-Lesserson graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated magna cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. She also received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She was an anesthesiology resident and spent a specialty year in cardiothoracic anesthesia at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, American Board of Anesthesiology, and National Board of Echocardiography.
Dr. Shore-Lesserson is the Chair of the Advanced Perioperative Echocardiography Examination Writing Committee. In addition, she has served as Chair of the Program Committee for the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, served on the Board of Directors of the SCA, and is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the Society. She was the Chairperson for the Cardiovascular Track for the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists from 2007-2011. She is also a member of the Committee on Blood Management of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and sits on the scientific program committee for the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists PGA Annual Meeting. She is involved with other medical cardiovascular disciplines as the SCA liaison to the American Heart Association Surgery and Anesthesia Council. She is currently working with the STS and Perfusion societies on a paper “Best Practices in Perfusion Management”, and has served on the Intraoperative Council of the American Society of Echocardiography.
In her editorial activities, she served as a member of the Associate Editorial Board for Anesthesia & Analgesia until 2010 and she continues to review for the journal. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia having served as Section Editor of the Case Conference section and Literature Review section of this journal in the past.
Research interests lie in the field of hemostasis and thrombosis as it relates to cardiovascular disease. Research grants have been received from medical industry sources and a philanthropic organization. The results of her research have been published in high impact, peer reviewed journals. She lectures frequently at national and international scientific meetings, having accomplished more than 100 visiting professorships and invited lectures.
Christopher A. Troianos, MD
Dr. Troianos has been an SCA member since 1989, and has served on the SCA Board of Directors since 2009. He has served as Co-Director for the Comprehensive Review and Update of Perioperative Echo meeting, Chair of the SCA Economics Committee, member of the Annual Meeting Scientific Program and Nominating Committees, and faculty member for the SCA Annual, Perioperative Echo, and International Cardiovascular Anesthesiology Meetings.
He currently represents the SCA on the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Committee on Economics and as a Board member of the National Board of Echocardiography. Dr. Troianos served on the SCA Task Forces that developed training and quality improvement guidelines for Perioperative TEE, and was the lead author for guidelines in performing ultrasound guided vascular access. Dr. Troianos led the development of the SCA salary survey to provide compensation information to the membership and presented the SCA fellows on-line practice management lecture.
He is Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital, West Penn Allegheny Health System in Pittsburgh, PA.
Board of Directors (Two positions)
Alina M. Grigore, MD, MHS, FASE
Dr. Grigore is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Director of the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology.
She has been a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists since 1996. She is currently part of the CME Committee where she has been actively involved in SCA’s reaccreditation process. She is also part of SCA Foundation Development Committee, AHA Membership and Communications Committee of the Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia, AUA Scientific Advisory Board, ASE Bylaws and Ethics Committee and ASA PBLD Committee.
Dr. Grigore is also an active member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia. In the past Dr. Grigore has served on the SCA Research Committee and SCA Scientific Committee. She has been a speaker at the SCA and ASA Annual Meetings and a speaker at the SCA Annual Update on Cardiopulmonary Bypass Meetings.
As a SCA active member, Dr. Grigore has been an advocate for enhanced, active collaboration with other cardiac subspecialties and for advanced knowledge and clinical skills of cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesiologists.
Jerrold H. Levy, MD, FAHA, FCCM
Jerrold Levy is currently Professor of Anesthesiology and Deputy Chairman for Research in the Department of Anesthesiology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He is in the Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Division and an Attending Physician in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Units. He has previously served as Director or Co-Director of the Cardiac Division, and will join the faculty of Duke University in 2013.
Dr. Levy is a member of the Leadership Committee of the Council on Cardiovascular Surgery & Anesthesia of the American Heart Association and a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care. He is currently the Section Editor for Hemostasis and Transfusion Medicine for Anesthesia & Analgesia, and serves on the Editorial boards for Anesthesiology, the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia, Heart Surgery Forum, and as a consultant reviewer for many other journals. He has served on many SCA committees including the Annual Meeting Program, Newsletter, and Research Committees. He has been a frequent lecturer, contributor, and abstract reviewer for the Annual Meeting and currently serves on the Board of Directors from 2011 to the present.
Dr. Levy’s research interests include coagulation, acute inflammation and anaphylaxis, cardiovascular pharmacology, and vascular physiology and has contributed significantly to novel ideas and education regarding managing critically ill and cardiac surgical patients.
“If reelected to the Board, I want to continue the important leadership, educational, and management programs for my colleagues, and continue to develop and facilitate new initiatives important for our society’s vision to improve patient care.”
Feroze Mahmood, MD
Dr. Mahmood is currently Director of Vascular Anesthesia and Perioperative Echocardiography at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. For the last ten years, he has been the course director of two Harvard Medical School accredited continuing medical education courses. He has been involved in teaching and development of perioperative echocardiography for the last ten years and has extensively published in the peer reviewed literature on the subject. He is also a section editor of the Journal of the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia.
He has been involved in the educational initiatives of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and routinely moderated sessions and presented at these meetings. He has also been an invited speaker at multiple other national and international meetings over the years. He has served on the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Newsletter Committee, Continuing Medical Education Committee, Educational Liaison Committee and the Council of Perioperative Echocardiography of the American Society of Echocardiography.
He is a member of the program committees of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists’ Annual Meeting and the Comprehensive Review and Update of Perioperative Echo. Dr. Mahmood has been and continues to be committed to promoting excellence in education, research and patient care.
Douglas Shook, MD, FASE
Dr. Shook is the Program Director of the Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship and Associate Director of Cardiac Interventional Anesthesia Services in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
He has been a member of the SCA since 2003 and is currently serving the SCA as Co-Director for the Annual Comprehensive Review and Update of Perioperative Echo meeting, Executive Committee member of the Fellowship Program Directors Committee, Member of the Annual Meeting Scientific Program and Continuing Medical Education committees. In addition, he helped develop and currently Co-Chairs the Kaplan Leadership Grant Committee for the SCA Foundation.
Dr. Shook has been regularly speaking, moderating, and presenting his research at the Echocardiography and Annual meetings since he became a member of the society. He served as a member of the program committee for the Update of Perioperative Echocardiography (2006-2012) and directed the porcine heart dissection for the Echo meeting (2008-2012). Dr. Shook co-created and directed the Fellow Education Session at the Annual Meeting (2008-2011), which increased both SCA fellow membership in the society and attendance at the annual meeting.
He is a member of the American Society of Echocardiography Council for Perioperative Echocardiography and contributes on the Information Technology Committee. He speaks and contributes regularly at the society’s annual meeting and subspecialty meetings. He is also a committee member of the National Board of Echocardiography Basic PTEeXAM. Many of Dr. Shook’s efforts involve developing relationships across specialties and creating collaborative projects.
“As a Board Member I will strive to combine education, research, and leadership as a mission for our society and its membership. The needs of our membership should always be our focus as the future of cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesia continues to evolve. Building bridges and creating collaborative endeavors across specialties will be important for our future development as well a creating new and different ways to educate our membership.”
Mark Stafford-Smith, MD
Dr. Stafford-Smith is a clinical cardiothoracic anesthesiologist, the Director of Fellowship Education, and Director of the Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship, a faculty member of Duke Clinical Research Institute, and a Professor with tenure at Duke University Medical Center.
He graduated from Medicine at McGill University, Montreal, completing his internship and residency at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, and subsequently a two-year clinician-scientist fellowship in cardiac anesthesia, including a year in the molecular pharmacology laboratory of Dr. Debra Schwinn at Duke.
Dr. Stafford-Smith joined the Duke faculty in August of 1996. Dr. Stafford-Smith is a committed educator, active locally, nationally, and internationally on subjects related to cardiothoracic anesthesia education and cardiac surgery outcomes research. He has mentored more than 150 clinical and research fellows, authored in excess of 130 peer-reviewed publications, and is an elected member of the AUA and ACA.
He serves as an invited reviewer for more than 25 journals and granting agencies and recently stepped down from the Associate Editorial Board of Anesthesia & Analgesia.
CME Committee (Two positions)
Tara Brakke, MD, FASE
Dr. Brakke is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Medical Director of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Dr. Brakke holds numerous educational leadership roles at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). She is one of the founders and principal instructors of the Advanced and Basic Echocardiography training courses at UNMC. These programs provide residents, fellows, and practicing physicians the necessary tools and knowledge for the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of patients with complex cardiovascular disease.
As an instructor of a national training program in echocardiography and Director of the Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Division, she is knowledgeable of the continuing education needs of a practicing cardiovascular anesthesiologist.
In addition to her educational leadership roles, she is a key member in the multispecialty quality committees regarding perioperative care in cardiac patients. Dr. Brakke is a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and has been an active member since 2007.
She is eager to become more involved in the SCA as well as develop educational programs that will provide opportunities to physicians for the use of echocardiography in the clinical setting.
Alexander Mittnacht, MD
Dr. Mittnacht is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. He specializes in both adult and pediatric cardiac anesthesia, and is the Director of Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia at the Mount Sinai Medical Center New York.
He has been a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) since 1998. His research and clinical interests include fast-tracking in children undergoing congenital heart surgery, near infrared spectroscopy and in particular cerebral oximetry in children undergoing surgery for congenital heart disease and in adults undergoing procedures in the electrophysiology lab, perioperative transesophageal echocardiography and ultrasound guided vascular access.
He has been part of SCA sponsored meetings as faculty since 2003, has lectured on many topics related to pediatric and adult cardiac anesthesia, and has assisted in many workshops on transesophageal echocardiography as well as handheld ultrasound applications. He is currently finishing his term on the SCA Nominating Committee.
Raj K. Modak, MD
Dr. Modak is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He completed fellowships in cardiac anesthesia and critical care medicine at Yale and remained on as a member of the Section of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia.
Dr. Modak’s clinical duties include direct care of cardiac patients going for cardiac related surgery and intensivist coverage of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at his institution. He is the Program Director for the recently ACGME accredited Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Yale. As program director, he is continually working with residents, fellows and faculty to improve education and interests in cardiac anesthesia and critical care.
He has been engaging in SCA activities since 1999. Dr. Modak is working on research regarding mechanical properties of the human aorta and he is a member of the Yale Center for Thoracic Aortic Disease. One of his most noticeable educational works includes an anesthesia review book titled Anesthesiology Keywords Review, now in second edition. He has also been a member of the Society for Education in Anesthesia since 2007, participating on the Committees of Research in Education and Resident Curriculum.
In 2006, Dr. Modak was awarded with the Faculty Award for Excellence in Education and Leadership from his department.
Nominating Committee (Two positions)
Nikolaos (Nick) J. Skubas, MD, FASE
Dr. Skubas is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology in the Academic Educator Track at the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University in New York, NY. He has been a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists since 1997 and serves as Co-Chair of the SCA Annual Comprehensive Review & Update of Perioperative Echo Meeting.
He is a member of the NBE Basic PTEeXAM writing group committee, and the ASE Fellowship committee. Dr. Skubas has been a speaker at the SCA Annual Meeting and has served on the SCA Annual Meeting Program Committee and the ASE Council of Intraoperative Echocardiography. Since 2008 he has been a member of the Editorial Board of Anesthesia & Analgesia and an Editor since 2011.
He is a proponent of increased collaboration among anesthesiologists and other subspecialists involved in the care of the cardiothoracic and vascular surgical patient, and an advocate for the active participation of fellows and young faculty in the activities of the SCA.
Mark A. Taylor, MD, FASE
Dr. Taylor is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Temple School of Medicine and practices in Pittsburgh, PA. He serves as Vice Chairman/Chief of the Anesthesia Department and is also the Director of Cardiac Anesthesia at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, PA. He has been a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists since 1998.
He currently serves as Co-Chair of the SCA iTEE Meeting, committee member of the National Board of Echocardiography Basic PTEeXAM, and a member of the SCA Annual Meeting and Comprehensive Review and Update of Perioperative Echo Program Committees. He has served the SCA as member of the Economics and Governmental Affairs Committee. He has planned and moderated numerous workshops for the SCA, and has been a speaker at the Annual Meeting, Perioperative Echo meeting and the iTEE meeting. As an SCA member, he has been focused on developing educational programs which meet the needs of practicing cardiovascular anesthesiologist.