Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine
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Current Committee Membership:

Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs:


Nominating Committee:

Frances Chung

Frances Chung, MBBS – Chair is Professor of Anesthesiology at University of Toronto and Medical Director, Ambulatory Surgical Unit, University Health Network. She was past president of Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA). Her research interest is in perioperative management of OSA and she has published extensively in this area. She developed the STOP-Bang questionnaire, a widely used OSA screening tool ( Her research was recognized by multiple awards including Research Recognition Award from Canadian Anesthesiologist’s Society, Distinguished Services Award from SAMBA. and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s McLaughlin-Gallie Visiting Professorship for 2013.



Conference and Education Committee:

Girish JoshiGirish Joshi, MB, BS, MD, FFARCSI – Chair is Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas.  He is also the Director of Perioperative Medicine and Ambulatory Anesthesia at Parkland Health and Hospital Systems, Dallas, Texas. He is the Past President of SAMBA and serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists and the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. He is also a member of the Procedure Specific Pain Management (PROSPECT) Group, which is an international collaboration of anesthesiologists and surgeons that formulates evidence-based recommendations for postoperative pain management specific to different surgical procedures.

Roop KawRoop Kaw, MD – Co-Chair is Associate Professor with the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and holds joint appointments with the Departments of Hospital Medicine and Outcomes Research. His research focuses on novel predictors of cardiopulmonary risk in patients undergoing Cardiac and Non-cardiac surgery. He directs the Research Committee with the Department of Hospital Medicine and is a member of Outcomes Research consortium, anesthesia’s largest international academic research organization. He has been funded by the NINDS (NIH) for studying the incremental risk of Sleep Apnea in cardiac surgical patients. Dr. Kaw has published more than 30 scientific papers as well as presented more than 50 scientific abstracts nationally and internationally.



Abstract Subcommittee:

Malin Jonsson Fagerlund, MD, PhD – Chair

Weingarten, Toby photoToby Weingarten, MD – Co-Chair is an associate professor of anesthesiology.  He received his undergraduate degree in engineering summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University, and medical degree from The Ohio State University.  He completed his residency and fellowship training at Mayo Clinic and has been on staff since 2005.  He has published over 90 articles in peer reviewed journals.  His primary area of interest is outcomes following anesthesia including factors that are associated with duration of anesthetic duration.

Scientific Update Subcommittee:

Susana Vacas, MD, PhD – Chair

Membership Committee:

Stavros Memtsoudis, MD, PhD  – Chair is an anesthesiologist and intensivist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. His research interest lies in the evaluation  of perioperative outcomes utilizing population based data. He has published in the field of outcomes in perioperative sleep apnea patients and is currently conducting clinical studies to elucidate mechanisms that may lead to increased risk for complications in this patient population.

 Babak MokhlesiBabak Mokhlesi, MD – Co-Chair is Professor of Medicine and the director of the Sleep Disorders Center and Sleep Medicine Fellowship program at the University Of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine. During the last few years his research has focused on obstructive sleep apnea, especially in patients with obesity hypoventilation syndrome and cardiometabolic consequences of REM-related OSA. He is also interested in perioperative outcomes of patients with sleep-disordered breathing as well as sleep in hospitalized patients. Dr. Mokhlesi’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition to authoring several book chapters and articles, Dr. Mokhlesi sits on the editorial board of Chest and the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine and is a reviewer for the journals Amer J Resp Crit Care Med, Sleep, and JAMA.

Newsletter Subcommittee:

RamachandranSatya Krishna Ramachandran, MD, MBBS – Chair is an assistant professor in Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan. He is the director of Perioperative Quality Improvement and has published widely on prediction of early postoperative cardio-respiratory morbidity and risk modification in sleep apnea.

wong-%208965_5x7[1]Jean Wong, MD – Co-Chair is currently an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Toronto, and Staff Anesthesiologist at University Health Network in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Her research interests are in perioperative medicine including obstructive sleep apnea, perioperative smoking cessation, blood conservation and ambulatory anesthesia. She is a member of the Scientific Update Subcommittee and the Co-Chair of the Newsletter Committee of the Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine. She is the current Chair of the Ambulatory Section of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society. She is also a member of the Annual Meeting Committee and Newsletter Committee of the Society of Ambulatory Anesthesia.



Communication Subcommittee:

pillaMichael Pilla, MD – Chair is Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology in the Department of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN.  He is associate program director of the residency training program in anesthesiology, leads the liver transplant anesthesia team, and is a college mentor in the School of Medicine.

Research Committee:

DoufasAnthonyAnthony G. Doufas, MD, PhD – Chair is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine at Stanford University. He specializes in Neurosurgical Anesthesia while his research interests include clinical anesthetic pharmacology and perioperative outcomes in patients suffering from sleep disorders with a special focus on sleep-disordered breathing. He has published more than 60 (first/senior authorship in 45%) peer-reviewed papers. He is Associate Editor in Anesthesia & Analgesia, a member of the Outcomes Research Consortium (world’s largest, nonprofit, clinical anesthesia research organization; since 1999, and a member of the ASA Abstract Review Subcommittee on Respiration.

Roop Kaw, MD – Co-Chair (See above)



OSA Registry Subcommittee:

boldenNorman Bolden, MD – Chair  is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Case Western Reserve University, Director of Obstetric Anesthesia, and Vice-Chairman of Anesthesiology at MetroHealth Medical Center. Dr. Bolden’s research interests include perioperative complications in patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and anesthetic complications in obese parturients.

Clinical Committee: 

Bhargavi Gali, MD – Chair

Auckley DennisDennis Auckley, MD – Co-Chair is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and Medical Director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center.  His research interests include postoperative management of patients with OSA and the evaluation and management of OSA in hospitalized patients.

Guideline Subcommittee:

Frances Chung, MBBS, FRCPC – Chair (See above)
Dennis Auckley, MD – Co-Chair (See above)

Sleep Medicine Clinical Practice Subcommittee:

Tracey Stierer, MD – Chair

Obstetrics Subcommittee:

Alexandra Bullough, MD, MBChB, FRCA – Chair

Jennifer Dominguez, MD, MHS – Co-Chair

Pediatric Committee:

Kimmo Murto, MD, FRCPC – Chair
Rajeev Subramanyam, MD, MS – Co-Chair

IARS, ATS, AASM Liaison:

David Hillman, MBBS

Discussion Group Moderator

John LoadsmanJohn Loadsman, PhD is a Senior Staff Specialist and Associate Professor in Anesthetics, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and University of Sydney. His research interests include peri- operative sleep and breathing, ultrasound-guided regional analgesia techniques and publication ethics. John is an editor of the journal Anesthesia and Intensive Care.




Expressions of Appreciation For the Initial SASM Steering Committee:

The Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine (SASM) would like to express its sincere gratitude to the initial SASM Steering Committee.  The Steering Committee (Norman Bolden MD, Frances Chung MBBS, Matthias Eikerman MD PhD, Peter Gay MD, David Hillman MBBS, Shiroh Isono MD, Yandong Jiang MD PhD, Max Kelz MD, Ralph Lydic PhD) was responsible for laying the foundation for the creation of this society including its drafting of initial bylaws, incorporation in the State of Ohio, oversight for the first Annual SASM Conference, promoting a robust membership drive, and governance up to the first General Membership Meeting held in Chicago, IL in October 2011. We can’t thank this dedicated group of individuals enough!