The ASA Monitor sat down with Dr. William L. Lanier, a key opinion leader in anesthesiology, for his insights on the specialty. Dr. Lanier is a Professor of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic and the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and has been a Division of Neuroanesthesiology faculty member for the past 37 years. From 1993-1994, he was president of the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care, and from 1999-2017 he was the editor-in-chief of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. He received the Distinguished Service Award from SNACC in 2014 and the Distinguished Service Award from the Council of Science Editors in 2015. Dr. Lanier's original research has focused on neuroprotection, cerebral physiology, and clinical neuroanesthesiology. He also has published and lectured extensively on the quality of medical evidence, medical ethics, and professionalism.

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