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Editor(s): Van Aken, Hugo; Butterworth, John F.; Groban, Leanne

Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology: February 2021 - Volume 34 - Issue 1 - p v-vi
doi: 10.1097/ACO.0000000000000951
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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 15 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 Editors of the journal and the Section Editors for this issue.


Hugo Van Aken

Hugo Van Aken

Dr Hugo Van Aken has been Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy at University Hospital Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany since August 1995, and became Professor Emeritus in August 2016. From 1986 to 1995, he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University Hospital Bonn, Germany from April 2015 to September 2019. Since June 2019, he has been Medical Director and CEO of the University Hospital of Münster.

From 1999 to 2011, he served as member of the Board of Trustees of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). From 2001 to the end of 2006, he was President of the German Academy of Education in Anesthesiology (DAAF). From 2000 to 2004, he was President of the European Academy of Anesthesiology (EAA). Following the amalgamation of the three major European anesthesia organizations, he served as Secretary of the new European Society of Anesthesiology (ESA) from 2005 to 2006. From 2008 to 2011, he was Chairman of the National Anesthesia Societies Committee (NASC) of the ESA. From 2007 to 2008, he was President of the German Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive-Care Medicine (DGAI). Since 2009, he has been the Secretary General of the DGAI. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Executive Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiology (WFSA) and Liaison Officer for the World Health Organization (WHO) as member of the Executive Committee of the WFSA. Since 2013, he has been the Founding Chairman of European Patient Safety Foundation (EUPSF).

Dr Van Aken has been an honorary member of the American Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA) since 1990. In 1992, he became a honorary member of the Polish Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive-Care Therapy, and in 2000 he was made an honorary member of the Belgian Society of Anesthesia and Resuscitation. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Anesthetists (FRCA) and a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists (FANZCA). In 2003, he was elected as an honorary member of the Association of Anesthesiologists of Georgia and as an honorary member of the American Society of Anesthesiology. In 2007, he was awarded an honorary membership to the Czech Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive-Care Medicine and in 2009, an honorary membership to the German Society of Internal Medicine as well as honorary membership of the Dutch Society of Anesthesiology. In 2009, he was also appointed as a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina). In 2012, he became an honorary member of the Chinese Society of Anesthesiology. In July 2015 he received, for his outstanding activities in the medical field, especially the introduction of teaching CPR in schools (Kids save lives program), the Cross of Merit (First Class) of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Dr Van Aken has authored more than 606 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, fluid management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, intestinal microcirculation and sepsis.

John F. Butterworth

John F. Butterworth

After graduating from the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, Virginia, USA in 1979, Dr Butterworth served as trauma research fellow in the Division of Neurological Surgery at VCU. He completed his surgical internship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, USA. He completed his residency in anesthesiology and a research fellowship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts, USA, before joining the obstetric anesthesia staff at the Brigham. He moved to the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, North Carolina, USA in 1985. In his 20 years at Wake Forest, Dr Butterworth served as vice chair for research, section head of cardiothoracic anesthesia in the Department of Anesthesiology and Director of the Office of Clinical Trials Research for the medical school. In 2005, he moved to the Indiana University School of Medicine, USA and served as the R. K. Stoelting Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia. In 2011, he returned to VCU as Professor and Chairman of the Anesthesiology Department. He has served on the board of the International Anesthesia Research Society, including a term as chair. He has also served on the boards of directors of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and the Medical Society of Virginia as well as a trustee of the Richmond Academy of Medicine, USA. In addition, he served on the board and as president of the North Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists and on the board of the Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists. In June 2020, he retired as Chair of the VCU Department of Anesthesiology.

In 2018, the Medical Society of Virginia honoured Dr Butterworth with the Clarence A. Holland, M.D. award. The award recognizes MSV member physicians who have high personal integrity and have been outstanding leaders in their fields.

Dr Butterworth has had an active research career with more than 150 publications in refereed journals. His interests are in local anesthetic and cardiovascular pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, management and outcomes. He has written or edited several textbooks, monographs and numerous book chapters. He currently serves on the editorial boards of several journals: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Anesthesia and Analgesia, Anesthesiology, and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and is co-editor in chief of Current Opinion in Anesthesiology.


Leanne Groban

Leanne Groban

Dr Leanne Groban is a physician-scientist conducting basic and clinical research as a Professor of Anesthesiology at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. She earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, USA and completed subspecialty training in cardiothoracic anesthesia at Bowman Gray School of Medicine, USA (now known as Wake Forest School of Medicine). After spending over a decade providing perioperative care and anesthesia to older patients undergoing heart surgery, she brought her echocardiographic skills and interest in the aging heart to the laboratory.

As Director of the Cardiac Aging Laboratory, Dr Groban is exploring the mechanisms driving diastolic dysfunction, the precursor to heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and the most common form of heart failure in postmenopausal women. Her lab investigates the pathways by which estrogen maintains cardiac structure and function during aging, which may reveal new therapeutic strategies to slow the pace of diastolic dysfunction after estrogen loss. She also leads an interdisciplinary team of clinical investigators focused on how unique risk factors of older patients, such as mobility/disability, can be used to predict adverse surgical outcomes (complications, hospital stay, nursing home placement), in order to better inform and optimize their perioperative care, including prehabilitation.

Dr Groban is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER), American Geriatrics Society Dennis Jahnegan award, the Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars in Aging Research award, and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation award. Her research has received over 15 years of consecutive support from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, in addition to funding from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Dr Groban has authored over 120 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, as well as two textbooks on echocardiography. Besides leading a productive research program, Dr Groban remains enthusiastically involved in medical student teaching and the professional development of junior faculty, while encouraging their interest in aging-related research.

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