Dr. Hannah Wunsch has been selected as the 2016 ASA Presidential Scholar. Although Hannah’s primary appointment is now in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto, she completed all of her training at Columbia in my department, was on the Columbia faculty until 2014 and still maintains an active appointment in the department at Columbia. I was therefore delighted to act as the nominating chair. (I should note that as of July 1, 2016, I became the E.M. Papper Professor Emerita of Anesthesiology.) Hannah is an outstanding candidate for this award, and I can imagine no better individual to be honored by ASA for her contributions to research within anesthesia and critical care medicine.

Hannah was one of the first Apgar scholars at Columbia. We created the Apgar Scholars Program at Columbia in 2002 specifically to attract...

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