“Up is not an easy direction. It defies gravity, both cultural and magnetic.”

– U.S. Navy Captain D. Michael Abrashoff, best-selling author and ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2015 Opening Session speaker

I’d like to thank Chief Quality Officer Richard Dutton, M.D. for his June report on our progress in data collection through the Anesthesia Quality Institute, and also Chief Advocacy Officer Manuel Bonilla for his July update on the accomplishments of our advocacy and legislative teams. ASA is busy on many fronts, and I feel it’s important for our members to hear from the executive team members who work to serve your interests and to help improve the value of your membership and the standing of the society. In reference to Captain Abrashoff’s quote above, we’re constantly striving to take ASA in only one direction: “up.”

Part of our key responsibilities as leaders is to undertake what Captain Abrashoff calls, “listen aggressively.”...

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