Lee A. Fleisher, M.D., is Robert D. Dripps Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, and Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, and Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

David E. Longnecker, M.D., is Robert D. Dripps Professor Emeritus, Anesthesiology and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Norig “Skip” Ellison, M.D., 1996 ASA President, passed away on October 21, 2016. An ardent champion of the specialty and of ASA, his presidential tenure was marked by a persistent focus on membership recruitment and retention, for urging members toward involvement and continuous education, and for a prescient determination that anesthesiologists embrace roles as peri-operative leaders.

Dr. Ellison’s leadership in cardiac anesthesia as section chief, mentor, and motivator of faculty and physicians-in-training left an enduring legacy in the operating rooms of the University of Pennsylvania. His pride for and commitment to the specialty,...

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