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Executive Director Report
David Butler

2020: All About
Innovation
and Adaptation...
It's clear that 2020 was an
unusual and difficult year
for you as an individual,
for your practice, for your
facilities and most certainly for your patients.
While many Californians " sheltered in place " due to
state and local restrictions relative to the COVID-19
pandemic, anesthesiologists and other health care
professionals leaned into the crisis and devoted their
knowledge, talents and insights to fight this grave
disease and serve your patients and communities.
Since joining CSA in 2015, I have often heard
members say they feel as though anesthesiologists
are relatively invisible and taken for granted by
administrators, policymakers and others. They
express concern that since the specialty of
anesthesiology has made surgical procedures safer
over the years, it has become easier for mid-level
providers to claim they provide the same level of
care as a physician who has trained to specialize in
anesthesiology.
From what I have observed and witnessed, the
performance of anesthesiologists working on the
front lines of the COVID-19 response provides
CSA leaders and members with an immense
opportunity to showcase the essential value that
anesthesiologists deliver to your patients, to your
peers and to the success of the health care system.

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During CSA's annual Board of Directors planning
meeting in early January, we heard from three
leaders in health care who described the many
valuable contributions anesthesiologists have made
during the fight against COVID-19. They credited the
inherent qualities that anesthesiologists possess:
a commitment to collaboration and innovation;
advancing a team-based systems approach to health
care delivery; and treating the " whole patient " by
managing all biological functions and systems,
before, during and after surgery.

Anesthesiologists are the stars!
" Anesthesiologists are the stars of our organization! "
exclaimed Diana R. Shiba, MD, Chief Governmental
Relations Officer for the Southern California
Permanente Medical Group.
" Anesthesiologists jumped right into the COVID
crisis managing airways, then led the effort to adapt
equipment and ICUs to meet ever-changing needs,
and later managed patient progress and surgical
schedules to reintroduce elective cases. " Shiba
concluded, " Anesthesiologists have a lot of good will
in the bank and are well positioned to lead us into the
future. "
David Entwistle, President and CEO, Stanford
HealthCare, noted that, " As inherent problem solvers,
anesthesiologists are well positioned to help lead
health care organizations outside of the operating
room. " He cited CSA President-Elect Ron Pearl, MD,
PhD, FASA, and CSA Past President Sam Wald, MD,
MBA, FASA, as examples. " Anesthesiologists promote
a culture of safety and vigilance, manage pathways of
care and constantly innovate, " noted Entwistle, who



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