Advocacy

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                                        
Sean Adams, MD

PRESIDENT-ELECT                            
Tripti C. Kataria, MD, MPH                      

VICE PRESIDENT                                
Brian Birmingham, MD

SECRETARY
Adamina Podraza, MD                         

TREASURER                                       
William Hauter, MD

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Ori Gottlieb, MD                 

ASA DIRECTOR                               
Joseph W. Szokol, MD            

ASA ALTERNATE DIRECTOR
Asokumar Buvanendran, MD

SPEAKER                                
Jason Mitchell, MD     

VICE-SPEAKER                      
Adam Young, MD

ASSISTANT SECRETARY      
Lisa Solomon, DO

ASSISTANT TREASURER      
Charles Kim, MD

ISA DISTRICT DIRECTORS
I. Stephan Cohn, MD
II. Michael Ander, MD
III. Ajay Gopalka, MD
IV. John Sudkamp, MD

ISA ALTERNATE DISTRICT DIRECTORS
I. Barbara Jericho, MD
II. Michael Haske, Jr., MD
III. Sasha Demos, MD
IV. James Priepot, MD

ISA PAC Chair
George Hefner, MD

 

ASA Delegates

2017-2019
Asokumar Buvanendran, MD
William Hauter, MD
Ted Yaghmour, MD 

2018-2020
Charles Kim, MD
William Frame, MD
Adamina Podraza, MD

2019-2021
Sean Adams, MD
Brian Birmingham, MD
Tripti Kataria, MD
W. Stephen Minore, MD
Ori Gottlieb, MD
Timothy Starck, MD
Eric Werner, MD

ASA ALTERNATE DELEGATES 2019

Wendy Binstock, MD
Rebecca Blumenthal, MD
Sasha Demos, MD
Norbert Duttlinger, MD
Ajay Gopalka, MD
Michael Haske, Jr., MD
George Hefner, MD
Barbara Jericho, MD
Mina Oftadeh, DO
Jamie Priepot, MD
Lisa Solomon, DO
John Sudkamp, MD
Adam Young, MD

EXTRA

Alisha Bhatia, MD
Balbino Lopez, MD
Peggy Wheeler, MD

PAST PRESIDENTS

2018‑2019          Ori Gottlieb, MD
2017‑2018          Gary F. Tzeng, MD
2016‑2017          W. Scott Jellish, MD
2015‑2016          George G. Hefner, MD
2014‑2015          Timothy W. Starck, MD
2013‑2014          Thomas W. Cutter, MD
2012‑2013          Edward Yaghmour, MD
2011‑2012           Eric Werner, MD
2010‑2011           Asokumar Buvanendran, MD
2009‑2010         Ralph Glasser, MD
2008‑2009         Wendy B. Binstock, MD
2007‑2008         Joseph W. Szokol, MD
2006‑2007         John E. Szewczyk, MD
2005‑2006         Usharani Nimmagadda, MD
2004‑2005         W. Stephen Minore, MD
2003‑2004         David M. Rothenberg, MD
2002‑2003         Timothy R. Lubenow, MD
2001‑2002         John Paul McGee, II, MD
2000‑2001         Jeffrey L. Apfelbaum, MD
1999‑2000         Kenneth J. Tuman, MD
1998‑1999         Sandra Drewes, MD
1997‑1998         Steven C. Hall, MD
1996‑1997         Andranik Ovassapian, MD
1995‑1996         Rodney C. Osborn, MD
1994‑1995         Jeffery Vender, MD
1993‑1994         Hugh C. Gilbert, MD
1992‑1993         Gary A. Draper, MD
1991‑1992         Naomi Sidell, MD
1990‑1991         Edward T. Toyooka, MD
1989‑1990         Susan Polk, MD
1988‑1989         Morton Shulman, MD
1987‑1988         J. Perry Jordan, MD
1986‑1987         Behrooz Zahed, MD
1985‑1986         Michael Cristoforo, MD
1984‑1985         Behrooz Zahed, MD
1984‑1984         William Gottschalk, MD

 

1983–1984         Herbert M. Epstein, MD
1982–1983         Bernard Wetchler, MD
1981–1982         Robert B. Dodd, MD
1980–1981         Ronald F. Albrecht, MD
1979–1980         Anthony Ivankovich, MD
1978–1979         M. Ramez Salem, MD
1977–1978         Edward A. Brunner, MD
1976–1977         Henri S. Havdala, MD
1975–1976         R. Merle Stauffer, MD
1974–1975         Adel A. El‑Etr, MD
1973–1974         E. Trier Morch, MD, PhD
1972–1973         Edward S. Evenson, MD
1971–1972          Alon P. Winnie, MD
1970–1971          Raymond Rose, MD
1969–1970         John F. McKeage, MD
1968–1969         Max Sadove, MD
1967–1968         Vincent J. Collins, MD
1966–1967         Ernest Dewhirst, MD
1965–1966         Arthur T. Shima, MD
1964–1965         James A. Felts, MD
1963–1964         Max Sadove, MD
1962–1963         Richard Lyons, MD
1961–1962         Ernest F. Kreutzer, MD
1960–1961         Harold L. Harris, MD
1959–1960         Lawrence Ruttle, MD
1958–1959         Huberta Livingston, MD
1957–1958         James A. Felts, MD
1956–1957         Bernard Stodsky, MD
1955–1956         William O. McQuiston, MD
1954–1955         Frank M. Grem, MD
1953–1954         Herman J. Nebel, MD
1952–1953         Lewis Hitchner, MD
1951–1952         Bryce K. Ozanne, MD
1950–1951         Charles Anderson, MD
1949–1950         William O. McQuiston, MD
1948‑1949         W. Allen Conroy, MD

ISA House of Delegates

Saturday, April 27
8am to 12pm
ISA HQ: 20 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

Any Active status member looking to connect with the Society can self-nominate and participate in the meeting.

Bring us issues you think deserve attention and get informed.

ISA is governed by a House of Delegates which is the process we follow to elect offices and formalize a discussion into an action plan. Delegates were elected through a ballot process which has been revised to a self-nomination / registration form.

Lobby Day 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Join us in Springfield as we bring our message that patients in Illinois expect physician-led care.

LATEST ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS

ISA and ASA Efforts to Address Drug Shortages

In June of 2018, the United States had shortages on 182 drugs and medical supplies, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The list includes IV bags, injectable morphine, anesthetics, analgesics, antibiotics, electrolytes, cancer drugs, and...

Past President’s Message

My Reflections of 2018 Gary Tzeng, MD After 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 digital realm.ISA is...

Rothenberg

RothenbergI 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

BuvanendranThe 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

HulataPayments 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

AdamsMy 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

TzengThe 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

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