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ADVOCACY
REMARKS BY ASSEMBLYMEMBER AKILAH WEBER, MD
Inspire CSA Members and Residents
at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2021
Antonio Hernandez Conte, MD, MBA, FASA, Chair, CSA Legislative and Practice Affairs Division,
Chair, GASPAC Board and Felipe Perez, MD, FAAP, FASA, Chair, CSA Legislative Affairs Committee
he CSA hosted its first ever All Member
Reception during ANESTHESIOLOGY 2021,
the American Society of Anesthesiologists
Annual Meeting, held October 9-13 in San Diego. Titled
" Margaritas, Mariachis and Membership, " the reception
was attended by approximately 200 CSA members,
residents, and special guests.
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One of those special guests was State
Assemblymember Akilah Weber, MD (D-San Diego),
whose 79th Assembly District includes the cities of
Bonita, Chula Vista, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National
City, and San Diego.
Gynecology Division at Rady Children's Hospital in
San Diego. Dr. Weber was elected to the California
Assembly in a special election to replace her mother,
Shirley Weber, after her appointment as California's
Secretary of State. Prior to her election, Dr. Weber
also served as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive
Sciences at UCSD.
In her comments to CSA members, Dr. Weber said she
is often asked why she entered politics. " The answer
is simple, " she said. " As physicians, we are natural
advocates for our patients. We are listeners, we
analyze their needs and provide them with necessary
treatment, while also giving them comfort and
encouragement. I apply the same set of advocacy tools
when representing my constituents in the California
State Assembly. "
Dr. Weber also remarked that she is drawn to medicine
and to politics as a way to address health disparities
among underrepresented Californians, disparities
which frequently adversely impact individuals'
educational and economic achievement.
Drs. Pearl and Yost with Assemblymember Akilah Weber, MD.
One of only three physicians in the state legislature, Dr.
Weber is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist
and Founder & Director of the Pediatric & Adolescent
Dr. Weber noted, " Achieving equity in health care
services and outcomes is essential if all Californians
are to achieve their full potential in life, which is
essential if California is to achieve its full potential as
a state. "
Through its political action committee GASPAC, CSA
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