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Editorial introduction

Editor(s): Jevtovic-Todorovic, Vesna; Urman, Richard D.

Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology: August 2022 - Volume 35 - Issue 4 - p v-vi
doi: 10.1097/ACO.0000000000001166
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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 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.


Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic

Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic

Vesna Todorovic is the inaugural CU Medicine Endowed Chair and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA. Dr Todorovic received her graduate education at the University of Belgrade, Serbia (MD) and the University of Illinois, Chicago (PhD), USA and completed residency training in anesthesia at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, USA. She earned an MBA from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA and received the Harold Carron Professor of Anesthesiology Endowment from the University of Virginia Health System during her time on the faculty there.

Dr Todorovic is a practicing anesthesiologist and has been working simultaneously as a clinician scientist for over 25 years. Dr Todorovic has developed three major lines of research: anesthetics as neurotoxins, the management of chronic pain and the mechanisms of anesthesia-induced developmental neurodegeneration. Dr Todorovic's research is federally funded and has resulted in over 140 peer-reviewed publications and 11 patents. She has received numerous grants from organizations such as the National Institute of Health, March of Dimes, the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association.

Dr Todorovic served as the Chair of the National Institute of Health's Surgery, Anesthesiology and Trauma study section. She also serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology and the Associate Editorial Board for British Journal of Anaesthesia. In addition, she serves as an Associate Editor for Anesthesiology. Dr Todorovic was a member of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Anaesthetic Pharmacology from 2007 and served as the Chairman in 2015.

In her role as a PI, Dr Todorovic has mentored and trained over 60 graduate students, medical students and post-docs. As Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, her focus extends to the mentorship and growth of junior faculty, expanding clinical programs, increasing collaboration with the School of Medicine and surrounding community.

Richard D. Urman

Richard D. Urman

Richard D. Urman, MD, MBA, FASA is a staff anesthesiologist at the Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and Associate Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, USA, where he also received his MD and MBA degrees.

He serves as Associate Chair for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and as a Medical Director for Procedural Sedation Services at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. In addition, he is the founding co-Director of the Center for Perioperative Research and the Director of the Perioperative Medicine Fellowship. He has edited a dozen textbooks, including the one on non-operating room anesthesia (NORA) entitled Anesthesia Outside the Operating Room (Cambridge Press, 2018) and has published papers on NORA safety, efficiency and outcomes. He is currently funded by the NIH, NSF, AHRQ and the industry. His research interests include pharmacology, acute pain management, patient safety and efficiency in the perioperative and periprocedural setting. He also serves as the scientific reviewer for the Department of Defense and sits on the FDA Analgesics panel. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia and Anesthesia & Analgesia.

Dr Urman is active in the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia, where he serves as Assistant Treasurer and member of the executive committee. He is also Treasurer of the Society for Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement (SPAQI) and Treasurer of the Association of Anesthesia Clinical Directors (AACD).

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