The 2017 ASA/APSF Ellison C. Pierce, Jr., Patient Safety Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Robert K. Stoelting, M.D. Dr. Stoelting has chosen the topic “Anesthesia Patient Safety: Closing the Gap Between Perception and Reality” for his lecture.

This annual honorary lecture was established by the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) and ASA to recognize and sustain the memory of the founding president of APSF and past president of ASA (1984), Ellison C. (Jeep) Pierce, Jr., M.D. It was Dr. Pierce’s vision and unwavering commitment to anesthesia patient safety that led to the formation of APSF in 1985 as the first medical specialty foundation devoted solely to addressing patient safety. Today, the medical specialty of anesthesiology, ASA and APSF are recognized pioneers in advocating for patient safety, as APSF strives to achieve its vision that “no patient shall be...

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