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Monitor authors are often featured in national and health care media. Read their thought leadership pieces and mentions in other publications here.


2023 – August 31  |  February  |  January


Meghan Lane-Fall at forefront of NIH maternal health initiative


August 31

Meghan Lane-FallThrough the new Maternal Health Research Centers of Excellence initiative, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will fund 10 centers of excellence research, a data innovation hub, and an implementation science hub to support research to reduce pregnancy-related complications and deaths and promote maternal health equity.

Within the implementation science hub, ASA member Meghan Lane-Fall will co-lead efforts to bring the research findings of these 10 centers into clinical practice and community settings.

“While there have been great strides and increased focus in advancing our understanding of maternal health, especially in the last few years, without the ability to integrate our knowledge and findings into practice, there is no benefit to patients,” said Dr. Lane-Fall.

The implementation science hub is called AMETHIST@Penn, which stands for Achieving Maternal Equity and Transforming Health through Implementation Science and Training.

Dr. Lane-Fall was the author and coauthor of two ASA Monitor articles in 2021:

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February 2023

Emily Methangkool

February 3

Emily Methangkool

Dr. Methangkool is one of the newest members of the ASA Monitor Editorial Board – and one of the most media-savvy. She currently serves as Vice Chair of Quality and Patient Safety at the UCLA Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine and is Director of the Social Media Ambassador Program for the APSF. In the past two years, she has written or co-written articles as an APSF representative (Look-alike Vials – A Continuing Threat to Patient Safety) and feature articles on patient safety (What’s Next for Patient Safety in Non-OR Anesthesia? Exploring Opportunities for Teamwork and Redesigned Incident Reporting Systems for Patient Safety).

Along with an active and robust social media presence, Dr. Methangkool has recently been featured in high-profile health care media outlets, including:

MedPage Today: Anesthesia Outside of the OR: Cause for Patient Safety Concerns?, which also included a sidebar piece with Dr. Methangkool.
KevinMD: Speak Up for Safety in Health Care, in which she and co-authors Karolina Brook and Aalok Agarwala explored high-reliability organizations and creating a culture of patient safety.

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January 2023

Samer Narouze

January 20

Samer NarouzeIn a January 2022 Subspecialty News article, Samer Narouze and co-author Angie Stengel informed ASA Monitor readers that the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine had formally changed its name to ASRA Pain Medicine, calling the new name “a refreshed brand story and logo that evokes our attention to the entire pain continuum.” And just this month, Dr. Narouze and Ms. Stengel shared news about ASRA Pain Medicine’s growth over the past year, including being officially seated in the AMA House of Delegates, representation in RVS Update committee meetings, and big increases in abstract submissions to their Annual Pain Meeting.

Dr. Narouze and his ASRA Pain Medicine colleagues have often been sought out by the media over the years, but with the publication of the society’s “ASRA Pain Medicine consensus guidelines on the management of the perioperative patient on cannabis and cannabinoids” earlier this month, Dr. Narouze has been a key contact lately for major media outlets, including:

USA Today: Heavy marijuana use should be disclosed before surgery, new guidelines say
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Cannabis interactions prompt new guidelines from anesthesiologists
UPI: Cannabis screening urged before surgeries requiring anesthesia
Forbes: New guidelines advise disclosing cannabis use before surgery
MedPage Today: Screen all surgery patients for cannabis use, new guidelines say

ASA Monitor authors like Samer Narouze are increasingly appearing in the news, and we’re excited to spotlight these experts and amplify their messages in ASA Monitor Today!

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