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,

I am proud to serve as your President for the 2019-2021 term.  AACD advocates for unparalleled perioperative operational efficiency, operational management in procedural areas, cost effectiveness and value-base care.  AACD’s unique expertise in all operational areas of the hospital allows us to influence members and institutions to 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 society can.

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.

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 like to encourage all members to consider become a Fellow of AACD or FAACD.  This is a unique member benefit to add this distinguished professional title after your name. 

I would love to hear from you and meet many of you over the next year. I encourage you to join me at the 2020 Perioperative Leadership Summit in Newport Beach, California at the Duke Hotel on March 6-8, 2020.

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

Best regards


Scott Engwall MD, MBA, FAACD
AACD President 2019-2021

 

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.

  • Paul St. Jacques, M.D. (2016-2019)
  • James Rowbottom, M.D. (2014-2016)
  • Sunil Eappen, M.D. (2012-2014)
  • Ashwani K. Chhibber, M.D. (2010-2012)
  • Michael P. Smith, M.D. (2008-2011)
  • Sean  Kennedy, M.D. (2006-2008)
  • Vinod Malhotra, M.D., Chair (2004-2006)
  • James D. Kindscher, M.D. (2002-2004)
  • M. Christine Stock, M.D. (2000-2002)
  • Barbara M. DeRiso, M.D., M.B.A. (1998-2000)
  • Charles J. Kopriva, M.D. (1996-1998)
  • Harry G.G. Kingston, M.B. (1994-1996)
  • William J. Mazzei, M.D. (1991-1994)
  • Robert L. Jones, M.D., M.B.A. (1989-1991)

Unparalleled Perioperative Operational Efficiency

Board of Directors

2019-2021 AACD Board of Directors

  • President
    Scott Engwall, MD,MBA, FAACD
    HS Clinical Professor & Chair
    Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care
    Medical Director of Perioperative Services
    University of California, Irvine
    Email: Sengwall@uci.edu
  • President Elect
    Rebecca Barnett, MD
    Senior Vice President & Medical Director, Perioperative Services
    Thomas Jefferson University & Hospital
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
    Email: rebecca.barnett@jefferson.edu
  • Secretary
    Mitchell Tsai, MD, MMM, FASA
    Associate Professor
    University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine
    Burlington, VT
    Email: mitchell.tsai@uvmhealth.org
  • Treasurer
    Salvatore Vitale, MD
    Chairman, Dept. of Anesthesia
    Wyckoff Heights Medical Center
    Niskayuna, NY
    Email: sgvitale@icloud.com
  • Executive Development Officer
    Michael Smith, MD
    Prof. Anesthesia Service, Inc. (Summa Health System)
    Email: mikepublication@gmail.com
  • Immediate Past President
  • Paul St. Jacques, MD
    Quality & Patient Safety Director
    Department of Anesthesiology
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center
    Email: paul.stjacques@vandrebilt.edu

2019-2021 AACD Directors At-Large

  • Thomas E. Schulte, MD, FAACD
    Associate Professor
    University of Nebraska Medical Center
    Email: teschulte@unmc.edu
  • Vincent Cowell, MD, FAACD
    Temple University
    Email: Vincent.cowell@tuhs.temple.edu
  • Steven Boggs, MD, FAACD
    The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    Email: stevendaleboggs@gmail.com
  • Kenneth Rosenfeld, MD
    Stony Brooke University Hospital
    Email: Kenneth.rosenfeld@stonybrookmedicine.edu
  • Andrew Serdiuk, DO, FAACD
    Moffit Cancer Center
    Email: Andrew.serdiuk@moffiit.org
  • Andrew Franklin, MD
    Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
    Email: Andrew.franklin@uvmc.org

2019 AACD SONORIA iCORMET Representatives

  • Mark Weiss, MD
    University of Pennsylvania
    Email: mark.weiss@uphs.upenn.edu
  • Michael Kochman
    University of Pennsylvania
    Email: michael.kochman@uphs.upenn.edu
  • Richard Urman, MD, FAACD
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    Email: rurman@bwh.harvard.edu