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.
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 and served in those roles until his retirement in 2020.
Dr Butterworth 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 2018, the Medical Society of Virginia honoured Dr Butterworth with the Clarence A. Holland, MD 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 anesthetics, regional anesthesia, 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.
Professor Kai Zacharowski, MD PhD ML FRCA FESAIC holds the position of the Ordinarius and has been the Director of the Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy at the University Hospital Frankfurt, Germany, since 2009. From 2006 to 2008, he held the position of Chair of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the University Hospital Bristol, UK. His research, teaching, and consulting interests are in both clinical and basic aspects of patient safety, patient blood management and clotting, big data in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine, innate immunity, cardiovascular and critical care medicine. Professor Zacharowski received his MD from the German University of Mainz, Germany and his PhD from Queen Mary, University of London, UK (where he was working with the Nobel laureate Prof Sir John Vane who discovered how aspirin works). Since 2016, he is one of the few members of the oldest academy of science in the world, Leopoldina.
His scientific contributions are published in peer-reviewed journals such as Nature Medicine, Lancet, NEJM and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (in PubMed has currently over 500 contributions listed (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=zacharowski)) and were awarded with numerous awards for Innovative Clinical Research (e.g. in 2021 the Exzellenz-Award, in 2020 the Future Medicine Science Award, in 2018 the MSD Gesundheitspreis (3rd), in 2016 the German Price for Patient Safety, in 2015 the Humanitarian Award together with the US-Presidents Barack Obama and Joe Biden, in 2014 the Lohfert Award for Patient Safety and in 2012 the United States Air Forces - Medal of Distinction).
He is serving as Editor-in-Chief for Current Opinion of Anesthesiology and the Journal of Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine as well as an Editorial Board member of numerous journals in critical care medicine, emergency medicine and anaesthesia. He is also the CEO of the Lohfert Foundation and the Founder and CEO of the PBM Foundation.
From 2014 to 2018, Prof Zacharowski was serving as President of the Multiple Joint Committee Intensive Care Medicine (UEMS) (https://www.uems.eu/) and as ESAIC Council Member for Germany (http://www.esahq.org/about-us/the-esa/council). From 2013 to 2018, Prof Zacharowski was serving as a delegate for Germany UEMS Section & European Board of Anaesthesiology and, from 2013 to 2020, as Deputy Medical Director of the University Hospital Frankfurt, Germany.
Prof Zacharowski was serving as President of the European Society of Anaesthesiology & Intensive Care for the years 2020–2021 and practicing anaesthesia and critical care medicine in Frankfurt, Germany.
Nirvik Pal, MBBS, MD, FASE is an Associate Professor in Anesthesiology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA, and serves as the Program Director for the Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship. He is double board-certified in Anesthesiology in India and the USA. He earned his medical graduation (MBBS) and post-graduation in Anesthesiology (MD) degree in India, after which he worked extensively for 3-years as a Senior Resident in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology (Fellowship equivalent) at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. After completion, he did advanced training for another year in Adult Cardiac Anesthesiology at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is certified in Adult Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography by the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE) and serves as a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE). He worked as a Visiting Professor in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at Washington University in St Louis for almost 3-years before completing his residency in Anesthesiology and ABA certification.
Dr Pal is internationally trained in providing anesthesia for complex congenital cardiac surgery, advanced adult cardiac surgeries, mechanical devices for heart failure surgeries, and advanced thoracic surgeries, including lung transplantation. He is a peer reviewer for Research Grants and a member of the Guidelines Writing Committee at the Society of Cardiac Anesthesiologists (SCA). He is a member of the Clinical Circulation Committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). He is an Associate Editor for journal Seminars in Cardiovascular Anesthesiology (SCVA). He serves as a peer reviewer for several scientific journals, including Lancet and British Medical Journal. At VCU, he is a member of the Institutional Board Review (IRB) for Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA.
Dr Pal's research initiatives have primarily included outcomes analysis in the real-world application of clinical anesthesiology and cardiac surgery. He takes a keen interest in critical appraisal of scientific literature and clinical trials. He is a strong believer in post-processing peer review for all clinically relevant articles published. Along with his multiple original studies, he has successfully generated multiple contemporary critical appraisals in the form of letter-to-editor, commentary, opinion, and editorials in the highest impact medical journals like NEJM, JAMA, and Circulation. He is a passionate mentor for trainees and early career junior faculty in building a scientific career.
Dr Perry completed his residency in Anesthesiology and fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, USA, and Harvard Medical School, USA, in 2007, and completed a Master's Degree in Translation and Clinical Research at Harvard Medical School, USA, in 2009. In 2011, he joined the Minneapolis Heart Institute in Minnesota, USA, and returned to academic medicine in 2018 as the Academic Chief of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia and the Adult Cardiothoracic Fellowship Program Director in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Minnesota, USA. Dr Perry's overarching professional objective has been to improve clinical, operational and financial outcomes by identifying and optimizing variability in clinical care delivery and operational efficiency in and around the cardiac operating room. As an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at University of Minnesota, USA, he is committed to growing a cardiothoracic research program and clinical fellowship program that will serve as a foundation for meeting the Institution for Healthcare Improvement's Triple Aim of the most up-to-date and cost-effective care for the patients in our community.