Advocacy 

 Advocacy 

 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.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT                                        
Gary F. Tzeng, MD

PRESIDENT-ELECT                            
Ori Gottlieb, MD                      

VICE PRESIDENT                                
Sean Adams, MD

SECRETARY
Adamina Podraza, MD                         

TREASURER                                       
Brian Birmingham, MD

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT           
Scott Jellish, MD, PhD                  


ASA DIRECTOR                               
Joseph W. Szokol, MD            

ASA ALTERNATE DIRECTOR
Asokumar Buvanendran, MD

SPEAKER                                
Tripti C. Kataria, MD, MPH      

VICE-SPEAKER                      
Jason Mitchell, MD

ASSISTANT SECRETARY      
Pierre Levan, MD

ASSISTANT TREASURER      
William Hauter, MD

District Directors
Adam Young, MD
Mina Oftadeh, DO
Charles Kim, MD
Lisa Solomon, DO

Alternate District Directors
Steven Cohn, MD
Michael Ander, MD
Ajay Gopalka, MD
John Sudkamp, MD


PAST PRESIDENTS
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

LATEST ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS

The Legislative Journey to Independent PracticeIn most other states, Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) already have full practice authority to diagnose, treat, and prescribe. Currently, there are 24 states and the District of Columbia that d...
PLEASE DONATEOn behalf of all Illinois Anesthesiologists, the Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists has made an organizational donation to the Red Cross to help our colleagues and their patients that have been affected by the natural disasters that h...
​ISA members Active in the Community  ISA members meet with US Senator Tammy Duckworth during the 2017 ASA Legislative Conference in DC. ISA members meet with US Congressman ...
  • Rothenberg

    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

    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

    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

    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. - ISA Secretary

  • Tzeng

    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. - ISA President-Elect

Awards

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. http://www.isahq.org/ISACommunity/ISAAwards/DistinguishedServiceAward/tabid/89/Default.aspx
CAN WE HAVE A FORM TO SUBMIT?

Who would you like to nominate? Tell us why? Contact us at contact@isahq.org

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. http://www.isahq.org/ISACommunity/ISAAwards/McQuistonAward/tabid/123/Default.aspx

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. http://www.isahq.org/ISACommunity/ISAAwards/RalphWatersAward/tabid/124/Default.aspx