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encouraged other anesthesiologists to actively seek
positions of leadership in their practice groups and
within their health systems.
Murali N. Naidu, MD, FACS, CEO of the
Doctors Hospital of Manteca, recognized that
anesthesiologists in private practice are not
compensated for time out of the operating room. But
he encouraged CSA members to think creatively how
to lead systems change by incorporating non-surgical
duties into practice group contracts and seeking ways
to share in the financial savings.
" As a community-based hospital, I need
anesthesiologists to leverage their expertise
and systems approach to reduce length of stay
and improve patient outcomes, " Dr. Naidu said.
" Anesthesiologists are uniquely positioned to do
this by managing pre-op care and post-op recovery,
including more effective pain management and opioid
prescriptions. "
In 2021, I am optimistic that CSA leaders and
members can leverage the enhanced status and
visibility of anesthesiologists to more effectively
position their profession in the eyes of the public,
policy makers and health care leaders. You are an
essential part of the solution to improved patient
outcomes, while reducing costs to the system and
positioning anesthesiology for success in future
value-based compensation systems.

CSA Physician Leaders and Staff
Work Together
Like anesthesiologists in the field, your CSA leadership
and staff have had to adapt to an ever-changing
environment and seek ways to enhance the value we
deliver to CSA members.
Shortly after the initial shutdown to " slow the spread " ,
CSA leaders and staff made the difficult but obvious
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Diego in April and the subsequent Hawaii meetings
scheduled for July, October, and February. Instead,
CSA's Education Programs Division chose to offer
speakers the opportunity to post their presentations
on the CSA website, and later hosted an opportunity
for residents to present their abstracts in a virtual
setting. EPD Chair Richard Applegate, MD, FASA,
recently announced that the April 2021 Annual
Meeting will be held virtually over two days, April 1718 for a nominal fee to members. Please visit CSA's
website www.csahq.org for details.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the CSA Executive
Committee established a COVID-19 Task Force to
develop a web platform to host relevant material
for CSA members to assist them in managing their
patients, practices, and personal lives during a very
difficult time. Special thanks to CSA leaders - Drs.
Christina Menor, Eugenia Ayrian, Rita Agarwal,
Christopher Tirce, and Ron Pearl - for their invaluable
efforts.
CSA leaders and staff also established a Webinar
Task Force to develop and implement relevant webbased content for a variety of CSA member segments
including residents, young physicians, and those
interested in information and resources relevant to
diversity, equity, and inclusion.
In June, the CSA House of Delegates approved the
formation of a standing committee dedicated to
justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. The new
committee - known naturally as JEDI - is chaired
by Odi Ehie, MD, has already developed a webinar
program, and is working with the CSA Women in
Anesthesia Task Force to develop content around
mentoring and career development.
In addition to moving CSA's educational meetings
online, under the direction of LPAD Chair Antonio
Hernandez Conte, MD, MBA, FASA, CSA leaders and
staff moved all of CSA's governance meetings online
in 2020 as well. These included the spring and fall
Board of Directors meetings, the June and November


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