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Editorial introductions

Section Editor(s): Guasch, Emilia; Wenk, Manuel; Hansen, Tom G.; Ellis, John E.

Current Opinion in Anesthesiology: June 2019 - Volume 32 - Issue 3 - p vii–viii
doi: 10.1097/ACO.0000000000000740

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 Section Editors for this issue.

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Emilia Guasch

Dr Emilia Guasch graduated in Medicine in 1986 from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain and trained in anesthesia in Madrid from 1989 - 92. She developed an early interest in obstetric anesthesia, working in Hospital Universitario La Paz. Madrid, Spain, since 1993, one of the biggest maternal university hospitals in Spain, with nearly 10000 deliveries during many years. Dr Guasch′s PhD was about comparison of different anesthetic techniques in vitro fertilization techniques and its relation to fertility outcomes. This PhD Project was published in the Spanish Journal of Anesthesia (REDAR) and received the National Anesthesia Prize “Fidel Pagés Prize”. Since 2003, Dr Guasch has been Honorary Professor in the School of Medicine in Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She has published articles in national and international journals. She is one of two editors in both editions of National Spanish Protocols in Obstetric Anesthesia. Since 2007, she has been Head of Division at Hospital Universitario La Paz, Madrid, Spain. Since 2013, Dr Guasch has been Vice-President of SEDAR (Spanish Society of Anesthesia and Reanimation) and since 2015, she has been a member of ESA Obstetric Anesthesia subcommittee. In 2018, she was elected as Honorary Secretary of the European Board of Anesthesia (EBA). Dr Guasch received a grant for doing an observership in Oxford University Hospitals, United Kingdom, in 2012, and she received 8 grants from the American Austrian Foundation in Salzburg, Austria.

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Manuel Wenk

Manuel Wenk is Professor of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the University Hospital Münster, Germany. He currently holds the position of Senior Consultant at the Department and is an expert in Obstetric Anesthesia. He is the representative for the German Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care (DGAI) for the Obstetric S3-level guidelines of the German, Austrian, and Swiss societies and the German S1-level guidelines for Obstetric Anesthesia. Furthermore, he is elected member of the Board of the ‘Obstetric Anesthesia’ committee of the DGAI.

After German Board certification in Anesthesiology in 2008, Manuel spent two years in Perth, Australia, at the Royal Perth Hospital's Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine and the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital's Department of Intensive Care’ heavily involved in both research and clinical work. He still considers his time Down Under as ‘the most influential and valuable experience’ of his career.

Manuel is actively involved in various research fields and has published in high ranking journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, PAIN and Medical Education. He has just received the Silver Quill Award for the most downloaded paper in medical education in 2018.

Manuel's other role is as an educator. He is the supervisor for curricular Anesthesia and Intensive Care medical education at the University of Münster School of Medicine, Germany and is responsible for all the educational activities of the Department.

Manuel and his wife, Melanie, have been married for 16 years and are extremely proud of their four kids Max, Kalle, Wim and Marie.

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Tom G. Hansen

Tom G. Hansen, MD, PhD, is a Consultant Paediatric Anaesthesiologist and Head of Paediatric Anaesthesia at the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Odense University Hospital, Denmark. He is an Associate Professor in Paediatric Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care at the Department of Clinical Research – Anaesthesiology at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.

Tom G. Hansen's research interests include: paediatric anaesthetic pharmacology, outcome following anaesthesia and surgery in children, neurotoxicity and the developing brain, and neonatal anaesthesia. He is an Associate Editor of the European Journal of Anaesthesiology, a Member of the Editorial Board of Pediatric Anesthesia and a co-Chairman of the European Safe Tots Anaesthesia Research Initiative (EuroSTAR).

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John E. Ellis

Dr John E. Ellis was born and raised in New York City, USA. He was educated at the Hotchkiss School, Harvard College, and the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, USA. He is a proud graduate of the Anesthesiology residency at the University of Virginia, USA, under Dr Robert Epstein. He completed fellowship training in Vascular and Transplant Anesthesia at the University of Chicago, USA, under Dr Michael Roizen. Additionally, he was a Health Studies Scholar, then Core Faculty, under the auspices of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Chicago.

He has served the Food and Drug Administration as Advisory Panel Member, Anesthetics and Life Support Drugs, and as Advisory Panel, Special Consultant, for the Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee. He served for two decades on the University of Chicago's Physicians Assistant Committee. He has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students, residents and fellows, and junior faculty members at several institutions. After a distinguished 20-year career at the University of Chicago, conducting FAER, industry, and NIH funded research and directing the section for vascular and thoracic anesthesia, he retired from clinical practice. He has recruited a number of internationally distinguished scholars to write about issues of coexistent medical disease in anesthesiology and the perioperative environment.

He has been an editor of Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia and ad hoc reviewer for Anesthesiology, Anesthesia and Analgesia, and Journal of Clinical Anesthesia. He was founding Vice President of the Society for Cardiovascular Anesthesia Foundation. As a member of the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA), he served as a Counselor and representative to Council of Academic Societies (CAS) of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He is a patron of the arts on the Southside of Chicago, where he resides, and served for 10 years as a Trustee of the Hotchkiss School.

Dr Ellis currently holds appointments in the Anesthesia Departments at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Miami, USA. He has written and lectured internationally on issues of perioperative myocardial ischemia and infarction, obesity and sleep apnea, and issues of wellness and burnout in anesthesia providers. He has given a score of ASA Refresher Courses and been a Visiting Professor at even more institutions. He is passionate about education, having directed over 40 continuing medical education conferences around the world.

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