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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Brzezinski, Marek; Buerkle, Hartmut; Scher, Corey

Current Opinion in Anesthesiology: April 2019 - Volume 32 - Issue 2 - p v–vi
doi: 10.1097/ACO.0000000000000711

Current Opinion in Anesthesiology was launched in 1988. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of anesthesiology is divided into 16 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Section Editors for this issue.

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Marek Brzezinski

Marek Brzezinski is a Professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at the University of California, San Francisco, USA. He earned his medical degree and PhD from Westfaelische Wilhelms-University in Muenster, Germany. He completed his internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, and his anesthesia residency at the University of Chicago. He completed fellowships in critical care medicine and cardiothoracic anesthesia at Massachusetts General Hospital, USA and Duke University, USA, respectively.

His clinical research examines how anesthetic agents and surgical stress affect cognition and neuropsychiatric symptoms in the elderly.

Additionally, Dr. Brzezinski is a nationally recognized medical educator and a member of the prestigious Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators at UCSF. He completed two fellowships in education at the University of California, San Francisco: the Teaching Scholar Program and the Humanistic Teaching Program Fellowship. His research in education focuses on creating and studying faculty development tools in order to improve communication and feedback skills for students and staff.

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Hartmut Buerkle

Dr Hartmut Buerkle, M.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the University Medical Center Freiburg, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany.

After completion of his residency and fellowship-trainings in different hospitals he joined Prof. Tony Yaksh group for a postdoc-fellowship in Experimental Anesthesiology at University of California, San Digeo, USA. Thereafter he became staff member, specialist and Associate Professor in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the the Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy at University Hospital Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany. He did his professorial thesis on central and peripheral neuronal sensitisation processes during acute painful interventions in 1999. Dr Buerkle served as Professor and Chair at the Academic Medical Center Memmingen, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Memmingen, Germany, before he was appointed to his current position at the University of Freiburg in 2010.

He has received several international research and teaching awards (IARS, ESA) during his ongoing academic career. Dr Buerkle is author of more than 110 articles in current content listed journals and many chapters in national and international textbooks and has a variety of major research interests including regional anesthesia, airway management, pain therapy, organ-protection and ethics. He serves as editor and reviewer in national and international medical journals.

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Corey Scher

Dr Corey Scher graduated from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara School of Medicine in Mexico in 1980. He completed a pediatric residency at a Cornell affiliated hospital and anesthesiology at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City, USA. Dr Scher has spent the last 38 years in the university academic anesthesiology setting, including Tulane University School of Medicine, USA, Emory University School of Medicine, USA, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA and currently at the New York University School of Medicine, USA. His current academic status is Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology. He has been rewarded with his commitment to resident and medical student education with the coveted “Teacher of the Year” or “Faculty of the Year”, award thirteen times. Dr Scher has a national reputation for his creative and innovative educational curriculum for teaching anesthesia in the operating room. His mentorship has always included students in and outside of the United States.

During his tenure at Tulane University, he was appointed to the title of Program Director whose role was to create each class of residents of that was diverse with the highest level of intellectual curiosity. Dr Scher has mentored over 250 residents, guiding the trajectory of each resident's professional life after residency.

For the last 8 years, Dr Scher has shifted his practice to the historical and legendary public hospital, Bellevue Hospital in New York City, USA. He has participated as an Editor and chapter writer for “Anesthesia for Trauma-New Evidence-New Challenges” (Springer 2014), “You’re Wrong, I am Right-Dueling Authors Reexamine Classic Teachers in Anesthesia” (Springer 2017) and Section Editor for Trauma and Transfusion in Current Opinion of Anesthesia for both 2018 and 2019. He is also an author in Clinical Anesthesia 8th Edition. (Wolters Kluwer 2017).

Dr Scher has several clinical manuscripts and abstracts focused on clinical research over a wide range of topics. His clinical expertise is in solid organ transplant, trauma and pediatric anesthesia. He has held a wide array of leadership positions including, chief resident in both of his pediatric and anesthesiology residencies, Director of a Liver Transplant Anesthesia Fellowship at Mount Sinai, Program Director for two residencies (Tulane and Albert Einstein). Director of Pediatric Anesthesia, and Director of the medical student anesthesia workshop.

Dr Scher has lectured worldwide. He is fluent in Spanish and has lectured on liver transplantation at the Mexican Society of Anesthesiology (Mexico) and similarly in Nicaragua. He helped develop a global outreach program at Tulane University where residents practiced anesthesiology in various cities in the United Kingdom. At the age of 64, he has no plans of retiring as he embraces his academic and clinical life. He clearly states that nothing in retirement could captured his enthusiasm and need to provide patient centered care. He will continue to write and expand his global out-reach initiative.

Dr Scher has been with his wife Lisa for over 50 years. She has kept him focused in his medicine life and has been his biggest fan in the numerous marathons he has run. His writing in medicine and outside athletic life allow to endure the rigors of practicing anesthesia in a public hospital.

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