Look at my photograph, now several years old, just there to the right. It does not shame me that the reader sees a white male physician anesthesiologist. In fact, as my 60th birthday hurtles towards me, and it readily becomes apparent that I am very close to joining the demographic of the “old,” white male physicians, you will still see me hold my head as high as the arthritis in my back will allow. There are some who are older, many others who are wiser, but it is undeniable: when people see me, they see an old, white male. Obviously, my true demographic is more complicated than that, and we’ll expound on that in a moment.

As is pointed out in Dr. Claude Brunson’s excellent article “Fostering Diversity Within ASA Leadership,” in 25 years, the U.S. will no longer...

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