Education & Community 

 Education & Community 

Who we are

We are a membership organization of Illinois anesthesiologists focused on furthering patient safety and the practice of our discipline through education, representation and advocacy for our members. We also provide our member physicians with opportunities to connect as a community through events and networking opportunities.

Over the past century, physician anesthesiologists have advanced patient safety through innovative research, science and technology advancements. Whether in the operating room, procedure room, intensive care unit or pain clinic, physician anesthesiologists are committed to delivering the safest medical care that every patient deserves before, during and after surgery.

Even though anesthesia is safer than ever, the administration of anesthesia is a complex and technically demanding medical procedure. It requires a physician who has the extensive medical education (up to 14 years) and clinical training (12,000-16,000 hours) to evaluate your medical condition, recommend an appropriate anesthesia plan, diagnose and treat problems that might surface during a procedure, and make critical, split-second decisions that can save your life.

Who is in charge of your life? You have a right to know. Before undergoing a surgical procedure, you need to know who will be providing your anesthesia and ask for your physician anesthesiologist. Be sure your physician anesthesiologist is aware of your prior anesthesia and medical history, as well as any medications you currently take.

For more information visit When Seconds Count.


Ori Gottlieb, MD

Sean Adams, MD                      

VICE PRESIDENT                                
Tripti Kataria, MD

Adamina Podraza, MD                         

Brian Birmingham, MD

Gary Tzeng, MD                 

ASA DIRECTOR                               
Joseph W. Szokol, MD            

Asokumar Buvanendran, MD

Jason Mitchell, MD     

Adam Young, MD

Pierre Levan, MD

William Hauter, MD

District Directors
Steven Cohn, MD
Mina Oftadeh, DO
Charles Kim, MD
Lisa Solomon, DO

Alternate District Directors
Barbara Jericho, MD
Michael Ander, MD
Ajay Gopalka, MD
John Sudkamp, MD

1948‑49           W. Allen Conroy, MD
1949‑50           William O. McQuiston, MD
1950‑51           Charles Anderson, MD
1951‑52           Bryce K. Ozanne, MD
1952‑53           Lewis Hitchner, MD
1953‑54           Herman J. Nebel, MD
1954‑55           Frank M. Grem, MD
1955‑56           William O. McQuiston, MD
1956‑57           Bernard Stodsky, MD
1957‑58           James A. Felts, MD
1958‑59           Huberta Livingston, MD
1959‑60           Lawrence Ruttle, MD
1960‑61           Harold L. Harris, MD
1961‑62           Ernest F. Kreutzer, MD
1962‑63           Richard Lyons, MD
1963‑64           Max Sadove, MD
1964‑65           James A. Felts, MD
1965‑66           Arthur T. Shima, MD
1966‑67           Ernest Dewhirst, MD
1967‑68           Vincent J. Collins, MD
1968‑69           Max Sadove, MD
1969‑70           John F. McKeage, MD
1970‑71           Raymond Rose, MD
1971‑72           Alon P. Winnie, MD
1972‑73           Edward S. Evenson, MD
1973‑74           E. Trier Morch, MD, PhD
1974‑75           Adel A. El‑Etr, MD
1975‑76           R. Merle Stauffer, MD
1976‑77           Henri S. Havdala, MD
1977‑78           Edward A. Brunner, MD
1978‑79           M. Ramez Salem, MD
1979‑80           Anthony Ivankovich, MD
1980‑81           Ronald F. Albrecht, MD
1981‑82           Robert B. Dodd, MD
1982‑83           Bernard Wetchler, MD
1983‑84           Herbert M. Epstein, MD
1984‑84           William Gottschalk, MD
1984‑85           Behrooz Zahed, MD
1985‑86           Michael Cristoforo, MD
1986‑87           Behrooz Zahed, MD
1987‑88           J. Perry Jordan, MD
1988‑89           Morton Shulman, MD
1989‑90           Susan Polk, MD
1990‑91           Edward T. Toyooka, MD
1991‑92           Naomi Sidell, MD
1992-93           Gary A. Draper, MD
1993-94           Hugh C. Gilbert, MD
1994-95           Jeffery Vender, MD
1995-96           Rodney C. Osborn, MD
1996-97           Andranik Ovassapian, MD
1997-98           Steven C. Hall, MD
1998-99           Sandra Drewes, MD
1999-00           Kenneth J. Tuman, MD
2000-01           Jeffrey L. Apfelbaum, MD
2001-02           John Paul McGee, II, MD
2002-03           Timothy R. Lubenow, MD
2003-04           David M. Rothenberg, MD
2004-05           W. Stephen Minore, MD
2005-06           Usharani Nimmagadda, MD
2006-07           John E. Szewczyk, MD
2007-08           Joseph W. Szokol, MD
2008-09           Wendy B. Binstock, MD
2009-10           Ralph Glasser, MD
2010-11           Asokumar Buvanendran, MD
2011-12           Eric Werner, MD
2012-13           Edward Yaghmour, MD
2013-14           Thomas W. Cutter, MD
2014-15           Timothy W. Starck, MD
2015-16           George G. Hefner, MD
2016-17           W. Scott Jellish, MD
2017-18           Gary F. Tzeng, MD


My Reflections of 2018 Gary Tzeng, MDAfter hard-fought legislative challenges, Illinois finally has significant Workman's Comp reform that enforces the late-payment penalties and advances the process (beyond paper and mail delivery) into the digi...
Gary Tzeng, MDAs always, the ASA Annual Meeting was full of meaningful educational, workshop and networking opportunities. SF remains a beautiful city that surprised this year’s attendees with great weather and yet challenged us with a labor dispute/...
At the House of Delegates' meeting, I took off my suit jacket and put on my lab coat. I hung a stethoscope around my neck and introduced myself as Dr. Gottlieb. I encouraged all of you to do the same when meeting your patients. I suggested that while...
  • Rothenberg


    I have been involved with the ISA for almost 30 years and have seen the organization provide outstanding platforms for the education of our constituency, and most importantly, been at the forefront for advocacy in protecting the well-being of our profession.

    David M. Rothenberg, M.D. - District 1

  • Buvanendran


    The power of anesthesiologists working together against influences that adversely affect our practice, is priceless. Complaining does not affect change - get involved!

    Asokumar Buvanendran, M.D. - ASA Alternate Disctrict Director

  • Hulata


    Payments and reimbursements are constantly changing. ISA is a great place to know how to prepare as well as shape the future.

    David Hulata, M.D. - Disctrict 11

  • Adams


    My practice had a tedious challenge with EPIC documentation of post anesthesia notes which no one seemed able to efficiently resolve. I called a neighboring colleague that I met at an ISA meeting who already implemented EPIC at their practice. They happily solved my problem in ten minutes which would take hours and numerous emails otherwise. My professional network has grown through the events ISA provides.

    Sean Adams, M.D. - District III

  • Tzeng


    The ISA has been so fulfilling to me and my practice! The ISA has helped my practice strategize for the future through its educational conferences, provided opportunity for me to develop amazing personal and professional relationships, and helped me grow as a physician advocate by providing opportunities and skills to effectively educate legislators about the critical role of physicians and especially anesthesiologists. ISA continues to be invaluable for my professional and personal growth as such a physician and anesthesiologist. My involvement in the ISA allows me the unique opportunity to shape and steer our profession and my future by being a proactive participant rather than a passive audience in today's changing medical landscape.

    Gary Tzeng, M.D. - District III


Distinguished Service Award - presented to those physicians or scientists who have made outstanding contributions to this Society and/or the field of anesthesiology in the State of Illinois. Click here to for a list of previous recipients.

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Nominations for the Award may be submitted by an Active, Honorary, or Life member of this Society to the most recent Past President at least sixty days prior to the annual meeting of the House of Delegates. Current ISA officers are not eligible for selection.

William O. McQuiston Award - presented to an outstanding clinical anesthesiologist who has made and communicated significant contributions to the practice of anesthesiology in the spirit of William O. McQuiston, MD. Click here for a list of previous recipients.

Ralph Waters Award - awarded to a physician or scientist who has made outstanding contributions to the field of anesthesiology as a medical discipline in the spirit of Ralph M. Waters, MD. Candidates are selected by the Ralph Waters Commission. Click here for a list of previous recipients.