President John M. Zerwas, M.D. called to order the opening session of the 66th meeting of the ASA House of Delegates (HOD) at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco at 8 a.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2013. There were 380 properly credentialed delegates seated, easily comprising a necessary quorum. The proceedings of the HOD were prefaced by guiding and inspirational words of invocation, this year provided by Father Dick Sparks, CSP, of Old St. Mary’s Cathedral. Thomas H. Swygert, M.D. then led members of the HOD in the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” During his opening remarks, Dr. Zerwas recognized the many honored guests present, representing anesthesia and medical societies from across the globe.

The winners of the 2013 Resident Research Essay Awards were acknowledged. They received their awards in conjunction with the ASA Celebration of Research program...

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