Leadership Advisory Board

Maya Hastie, MD, EdD

Chair, Leadership Advisory Board – Term Expires 2023

Columbia University
New York, NY

Valerie Armstead, MD, FAAP, DABA

Term Expires 2023

Temple Health University
Philadelphia, PA

Brenda Bucklin, MD

Term Expires 2022

University of  Colorado
Aurora, CO

Brenda A. Bucklin, MD, MEHP is Professor of Anesthesiology, Vice-Chair of Education in the Department of Anesthesiology, and Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Goals for joining the Board are to:

  • Increase collaboration and inclusiveness to ensure diverse and equitable representation;
  • Foster careers of AUA members to increase presence and leadership potential;
  • Foster innovative programming to promote evidence-based practice and lifelong learning;
  • Address challenges and requirements for the next generation of anesthesiologists.
Maria Bustillo, MD

Term Expires 2023

Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, NY

Dr. Maria Bustillo holds appointments as Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology in Clinical Neurological Surgery, Chief of the Division of Neuroanesthesiology, and Director of the Neuroanesthesiology Fellowship Program at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital. During her career as an academic anesthesiologist and educator, she has long championed the importance of diversity and inclusion for continued advancement of the field of medicine. Under her direction, she has built a diverse and inclusive neuroanesthesiology division at Weill Cornell Medical College, a division that is well respected not only for their knowledge and expertise, but also because of their creativity and innovation. She is honored to be a part of the AUA Leadership Advisory Board; her long-standing commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion is rooted strongly in her belief that diversity will continue to fuel innovation and improve performance of all members of our specialty.

Meghan Lane-Fall, MD, MSHP, FCCM

Term Expires 2023

Univeristy of  Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Allison Lee, MD

Term Expires 2022

Columbia Univeristy
New York, NY

I am an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Columbia University Medical Center (Division of Obstetric Anesthesia) and have been a member of the AUA since 2017. I am the Medical Director of the Margaret Wood Center for Simulation and Education and am active in both education and clinical research. I am passionate about the mission of the LAB to mentor leaders in academic anesthesiology, especially with respect to placing particular value on diversity and inclusion.

Lisa Leffert, MD

Term Expires 2023

Massachusetts General H
Boston, MA

I am an Associate Professor of Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Obstetric Anesthesia Division within the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. I also serve as the Immediate Past President of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP). Faculty development has been a life-long passion and it is an honor to work with LAB in a diverse and inclusive environment that empowers our next generation of academic anesthesiology leaders.

 
Burkhard Mackensen, MD, PhD, FASE

Term Expires 2023

University of Washington
Seatttle, WA

Mohammed Minhaj, MD, MBA, FASA, FACHE

Term Expires 2023

Univeristy of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Dr. Minhaj is excited to serve on LAB as an extension of the efforts he has made in this area. Dr. Minhaj is currently a Professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago and President of the Medical Staff Organization at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He has guided the professional development of residents and fellows as a former Program Director, junior and mid-level faculty in his various roles in his departments, and is a founder/Co-Director of the Senior Leadership Academy in the Biological Sciences Division at the University of Chicago which was initiated to help develop leadership skills in mid-and senior level faculty in clinical and basic science departments. He has also served in different roles in the ASA and the Chicago Healthcare Executives Forum that promote professional development and enhancing diversity/inclusion efforts.

Tetsuro Sakai, MD, PhD, MHA, FASA

Term Expires 2022

University of  Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. Sakai has served Vice-Chair for Professional Development and Chair of Faculty Promotion and Appointment Committee at the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has established the Department-wide faculty mentor-mentee system (https://www.academicprofessionaldevelopment.org/). As a member of AUA since 2013 and an inaugural member of the Leadership Advisory Board, Dr. Sakai thrives on advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity in this society and beyond.

Tracey Straker, MD, MS, MPH, CBA, FASA

Term Expires 2023

Montefiore Medical Center
Bronx, NY

Tracey Straker MD MS MPH CBA FASA is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of General Anesthesiology at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx , New York. I am excited and honored to be appointed to this position because diversity , racial equity and inclusion in academic medicine are necessary for meritocracy and the dismantlement of healthcare disparity.

Kokila Thenuwara, MBBS MD MME MHCDS

Term Expires 2022

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Kokila N Thenuwara MBBS MD MME MHCDS is an Associate Professor in Obstetric Anesthesia at the University of Iowa, where she is the Director for the New Faculty Development Program, and Chair of the Best Practices Committee.

She also Co-chairs the Subcommittee for Simulation based Education established for educating community obstetric care providers to improve maternal health and equity in care, in the State of Iowa.

She joined the LAB to bring her expertise as a new faculty developer and her own personal experience as a woman in the field of anesthesia, to help innovate paths to uplift a new cohort of diverse leaders.

 
Elizabeth Whitlock, MD, MSc

Term Expires 2022

University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Rob Whittington, MD

Term Expires 2023

Columbia
San Francisco, CA

Dr. Robert A. Whittington is currently Professor of Anesthesiology and Vice Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Anesthesiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). He is also Assistant Dean for Academic Development, Faculty Diversity, and Inclusion in the Office of Academic Affairs of Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Whittington is actively involved in the development of academic career advancement initiatives, including mentorship and leadership programs geared specifically towards diverse faculty.

Jeanine Wiener-Kronish, MD

Term Expires 2023

Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Cynthia Wong, MD

Term Expires 2022

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Dr. Wong, an obstetric anesthesiologist, is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Iowa. She has long had interests in gender issues as they relate to medicine and anesthesiology, disparities in obstetric anesthesia care, and faculty development.