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

Sean Adams, MD

Tripti C. Kataria, MD, MPH                      

VICE PRESIDENT                                
Brian Birmingham, MD

Adamina Podraza, MD                         

William Hauter, MD

Ori Gottlieb, MD                 

ASA DIRECTOR                               
Joseph W. Szokol, MD            

Asokumar Buvanendran, MD

Jason Mitchell, MD     

Adam Young, MD

Lisa Solomon, DO

Charles Kim, MD

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

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

George Hefner, MD


ASA Delegates

Asokumar Buvanendran, MD
William Hauter, MD
Ted Yaghmour, MD 

Charles Kim, MD
William Frame, MD
Adamina Podraza, MD

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


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


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


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 25, 2020
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.

Registration details to come. 

Lobby Day 2020

March 2020

Join us in Springfield as we bring our message that patients in Illinois expect physician-led care. Exact date will be announced when the Illinois legislative calendar is made public.


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...

Essentials from the ASA Annual Meeting 2018 in San Francisco

Gary Tzeng, MD ISA President 2017-2018 As 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...

A Message from ISA President Ori Gottlieb, MD

Ori Gottlieb, MDISA President, 2018-2019 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....


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Who would you like to nominate? Tell us why? Contact us at

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.