The City of Brotherly Love will be a locus of expertise, energy, and education on October 18-22, 2024, when thousands of anesthesiologists gather to boost their knowledge of current practices and standards. Attendees will discover new ways to improve clinical practices and patient care, exchange ideas with industry thought leaders, and soak up the learning at anesthesiology's most impactful and interesting event, hosted in one of the country's most dynamic, family-friendly cities. The weekend will be loaded with opportunities to reconnect with peers and make new connections. The information on tap for this year's meeting is truly exceptional. Lectures, workshops, and hands-on learning opportunities will address the most salient trends and topics in anesthesiology, from the opioid crisis and workforce shortages, to POCUS, ERAS, and physician well-being. The curated selection of speakers presenting at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2024 is guaranteed to inform and inspire. It all starts with our featured lectures and the experts who will present them.

Sam Quinones, this year's keynote speaker, is a well-travelled journalist with deep insights into health care challenges across the globe. Mr. Quinones's work explores the roots and consequences of the opioid crisis, delving into the diverse and complex factors that contributed to the epidemic, including the earlier overprescription of painkillers, pharmaceutical marketing tactics, and the current influx of extremely inexpensive and highly potent fentanyl analogues from China entering the U.S. Mr. Quinones fears a backlash against pharmaceutical fentanyl that could challenge our anesthetic supply. Known for his in-depth analysis, compelling storytelling, and call-to-action for addressing the opioid crisis, Mr. Quinones's unique expertise is sure to be of deep value to the anesthesiology community. As nearly daily prescribers of opioids, anesthesiologists are obligated to understand the risks of opioid use and overuse and to defend the use of opioids for patients who suffer from perioperative pain.

This year's John W. Severinghaus Lecture on Translational Science will be offered by Henrik Kehlet, MD, PhD. A surgeon who truly understands the importance of anesthesiology and the relevance of anesthesia care to outcomes, Dr. Kehlet is an accomplished and acclaimed pioneer who has spent his career working to enhance surgical outcomes. His research has been pivotal in understanding mechanisms of disease and pathophysiology. Coined the “father of ERAS,” Dr. Kehlet pioneered fast-track surgery, was involved in preemptive analgesia, the development of our understanding of chronic pain following surgery, and he has won numerous awards from surgical and anesthesiology societies. He was the recipient of the 2014 ASA Excellence in Research Award. ERAS has now moved into the mainstream and has significantly improved outcomes, but some patients still are left behind. His Severinghaus Lecture will address the importance of a personalized approach to ERAS and how to improve the outcome of those outliers.

Henrik Kehlet, MD, PhD

The Emery A. Rovenstine Memorial Lecture will be presented by Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MSHCA, FACHE, FASA, who served as ASA President during the COVID-19 pandemic. Viewed as a brilliant leader and health care executive at Driscoll Children's Hospital and Driscoll Health even before the pandemic, her leadership of ASA and the country during COVID-19 was unparalleled. Dr. Peterson's work to shepherd the country and our community through the early days of the pandemic, while prioritizing safety and the human touch, elevated the level of respect physicians and the public have for anesthesiologists. Dr. Peterson has also employed her deep knowledge of the business side of health care to help ASA tackle workforce shortage issues.

Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MSHCA, FACHE, FASA

Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MSHCA, FACHE, FASA

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Top-notch speakers like Sam Quinones, Dr. Henrik Kehlet, and Dr. Mary Dale Peterson may be reason enough to join us in Philadelphia, but our carefully crafted list of experts is just the tip of the iceberg. ANESTHESIOLOGY 2024 will offer deep and varied expertise and education paired with a wide range of networking opportunities. The host city itself is one of Lonely Planet's top global destinations for 2024. Philadelphia offers a diverse selection of museums, foodie favorites, and historical destinations. Its family-friendly activities – the Adventure Aquarium, Independence Seaport Museum, Franklin Institute science museum, and more – make Philly the perfect destination for anesthesiologists and their families. To ensure everyone is well cared for and attendees can learn, network, and enjoy time with family, ASA will once again offer childcare on site.

There are a million reasons to join us, and one simple way to get started. Registration is now open – visit to sign up today!