There are multiple paths to a successful research career. In anesthesiology, there was a traditional focus on basic research, epidemiology and clinical trials. More recently, there has been a growing interest in health service and health policy research within the anesthesia community, especially within the context of health care reform and need to demonstrate value to the patients, the public and payers. It is against this background that Mark D. Neuman, M.D., M.Sc., has been selected as the 2015 ASA Presidential Scholar. He exemplifies the value of formal training and mentorship from multiple disciplines and his ability to interact with decision-makers will help ensure that questions addressed by the next generation of investigators will be used to address policy issues.

Dr. Neuman graduated from Yale University and completed his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF),...

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