About Us

The Association of Anesthesia Clinical Directors was formed in October 1988, by a group of anesthesia clinical directors who were invited to the ASA annual meeting in San Francisco to discuss clinical anesthesia and O.R. Management. At this meeting, it was obvious that the management problems of each individual were universal to all, and that common solutions could be found through association and dialogue.

The purpose of the society is to provide a forum for anesthesiologists whose primary responsibility is operating room management. We recognize that given the changing health care environment in which we practice, operating room efficiency, productivity, and cost containment are increasingly vital to our survival. The AACD offers physicians with an interest in the business aspect of operating room management an opportunity to share ideas with colleagues, meet anesthesiologists who have more experience than they in this area, and share in a common forum for the discussion of problems.

President's
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Dear AACD Members,
Welcome to the Association of Anesthesia Clinical Directors!

I am pleased to serve as your president for the 2015-17 term. You will find considerable information on this website about what’s happening around the nation in the field of Clinical Anesthesiology. AACD advocates for unparalleled perioperative operational efficiency.

AACD’s unique expertise in all operational areas of the hospital allows us to influence members and institutions improve operational processes for those we serve. The AACD will assist the physician anesthesiologist to drive conversations in the rapidly changing health care system. From the bedside to C-suite, we can provide leadership in ways no other entity can.

AACD is also in the process of updating our Vision and Mission Statements and have drafted the following:

VISION: Unparalleled Perioperative Operational Efficiency

MISSION: Rooted in the belief that anesthesiologists are the uniquely qualified physicians within the hospital who have expertise in all operational areas of the hospital both clinically and administratively, the AACD is committed to helping all members and institutions leverage our unique perspectives and global view to improve operational processes for those whom we serve. Because we serve with the unique ability to coordinate operational activities in the operating rooms, intensive care units, nontraditional anesthetizing locations, and with the advent of perioperative surgical home, traditional med-surg floors, data driven improvements in efficiency will contribute to superior patient care and safety as well as secondary financial stewardship for each institution.
The AACD will assist the physician anesthesiologist to drive conversations in the rapidly changing health care system. From the bedside to C-suite, we can provide leadership in ways no other society can.
If you have suggestions or input regarding our newly drafted statement, please don’t hesitate to contact the AACD office.

We do need you! If you are not already a member, please join the AACD. Feel free to contact me or anyone on the board. This is your opportunity to get involved! Together, we can help the AACD to stay strong, we can further help it grow, and blossom.

I would love to hear from you and meet many of you over the next year. I encourage you to join me at the 2016 Perioperative Leadership Summit in Miami, Florida at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel on March 4-6.

Thank you and I look forward to working with you serving the AACD.

Best regards,
James Rowbottom, MD
AACD President

- Mission Statement

Rooted in the belief that anesthesiologists are the uniquely qualified physicians within the hospital who have expertise in all operational areas of the hospital both clinically and administratively, the AACD is committed to helping all members and institutions leverage our unique perspectives and global view to improve operational processes for those whom we serve. Because we serve with the unique ability to coordinate operational activities in the operating rooms, intensive care units, nontraditional anesthetizing locations, and with the advent of perioperative surgical home, traditional med-surg floors, data driven improvements in efficiency will contribute to superior patient care and safety as well as secondary financial stewardship for each institution.

Board of Directors

2015-2017 AACD Board of Directors

  • President
    James Rowbottom, MD
    Chairman Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
    Vice Chairman Clinical Affairs
    Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
    CWRU School of Medicine
    Anesthesiologist-in-chief
    University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
    Email: james.rowbottom1@UHhospitals.org

 

  • President Elect
    Paul St. Jacques, MD
    Quality & Patient Safety Director
    Department of Anesthesiology
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Email: paul.stjacques@vandrebilt.edu

 

  • Secretary
    Scott Engwall, MD,MBA
    HS Clinical Professor & Chair
    Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care
    Medical Director of Perioperative Services
    University of California, Irvine
    Email: sengwall@uci.edu

 

  • Treasurer
    Lisa Judge, MD
    VA Puget Sound Hospital
    16660 S. Columbian Way Mail Stop S-112- AMES
    Email: lisamjudge@gmail.com

 

  • Executive Development Officer
    Michael Smith, MD
    Prof. Anesthesia Service, Inc. (Summa Health System)
    Email: mikepublication@gmail.com

 

  • Immediate Past President
    Sunil Eappen, MD
    Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
    Email: sunil_eappen@meei.harvard.edu

2015-2017 AACD Directors At-Large

  • Norman Randolph, MD
    University of Pennsylvania (Perelman School of Medicine)
    Email: norman.randolph@uphs.upenn.edu

 

  • Salvatore Vitale, MD
    Chairman, Department of Anesthesia
    Wyckoff Medical Center
    Email: sgvitale@me.com

 

  • Jason Lane,  MD
    Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
    Department of Anesthesiology
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Email: jason.s.lane@vanderbilt.edu

 

  • Bassam Kadry, MD
    Assistant Professor
    Co-Director of OR Management Fellowship
    Stanford Medical Center
    Email: bkadry@stanford.edu

 

  • Rebecca Barnett, MD
    Perioperative Services Director
    Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
    Email: barnettr@uphs.upenn.edu

2015-2017 AACD Resident/Fellow and CRNA Representatives

  • Sean Rowland, CRNA, MS
    Email: sean.rowland@uphs.upenn.edu

 

  • Nabila Choudury, MD
    CA-1, PGY-2
    UT Southwestern Dept of Anesthesiology & Pain Management
    Email: NABILA.CHOUDHURY@phhs.org