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you need to practice today, and you can do it in your
pajamas at any hour of the day or night.
In the past, one had to choose between excellent
lectures taking place simultaneously, only to find out
the one lecture you wanted to hear was full or sold
out (after you finally found the lecture hall deep in
some obscure wing of an endless convention center).
The on-demand, virtual environment for lectures,
panels, and point/counterpoint discussions is a
definite positive for the virtual annual meeting. Also
impressive were the special lectures.
Starting with our own Surgeon General, Jerome
Adams, MD, MPH, listening to him speak makes
one proud to be an anesthesiologist! The keynote
speeches by NIH physicians, Frances Collins, MD,
PhD, and Deborah Birx, MD, (Coronavirus Task Force
member) were timely and excellent! The Rovenstine
lecture was delivered by Joanne Conroy, MD, who
has been a champion of diversity (including her
leadership in Times Up Healthcare) and expert on
disruption. Her lecture was inspirational and very well
received. The CSA was well represented by speakers,
moderators, abstract, and lecture presenters.
One incredibly special moment from the Annual
Meeting: " our own " Patricia Kapur, MD, (former Chair
at UCLA, former CSA officer, and former Chair of
the ABA) was awarded the 2019 ASA Distinguished
Service Award (our highest honor)! Congratulations
and well deserved!
As an added bonus, California resident and former
ASA and CSA President, Daniel Cole, MD, FASA, was
nominated for the Distinguished Service Award for
2021. Congratulations, Dr. Cole!

Governance
Elections: There were no contested elections.
The slate of candidates for the ASA Administrative
Council are as follows:

PRESIDENT:

Beverly Phillip, MD, FASA
PRESIDENT ELECT:
Randy Clark, MD, FASA
FIRST VICE PRESIDENT:
Michael Champeau, MD, FASA
SPEAKER:
Ronald Harter, MD, FASA
VICE SPEAKER:
Patrick Giam, MD, FASA
SECRETARY:
Kenneth Elmassian, MD, FASA
ASST. SECRETARY:
Kraig S de Lanzac, MD, FASA
TREASURER:
Donald Arnold, MD, FASA
ASST. TREASURER:
Jay Mesrobian, MD, FASA

VICE PRESIDENT FOR PROFESSIONAL AFFAIRS:

Jeffrey Meuller, MD, FASA

VICE PRESIDENT FOR SCIENTIFIC AFFAIRS:

Andrew Rosenberg, MD, FASA

House of Delegates
The House of Delegates could only be described
as a slow-moving train wreck. The ASA chose to
use a dual platform for the House of Delegates and
Reference Committees which included one platform
for the presenters/moderators and another platform
for testimony and deliberation. This dual platform
model created exceedingly long lag times between
testimony and time the audience/speakers were
hearing the testimony, not to mention the difficulty
in changing platforms to be able to testify or suggest
amendments to positions.
The problems were foreseeable, as the same dual
platform model was used for the August ASA BOD
with similar difficulties. Despite the valiant efforts
of Vice Speaker Patrick Giam, MD, FASA, who
showed a Zen-like patience for the lag times and
incompatibility of the model with deliberative

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