Communications & Website Committee Report

As we approach the eagerly awaited gathering in St. Louis, I am thrilled to present the communications report in this edition of the AUA Update.

A significant acknowledgment and gratitude is due to Dr. George Mashour for his remarkable tenure as AUA President. Under his guidance, the AUA has navigated through numerous transitions, consistently focusing on delivering exceptional value to our members. His leadership has been instrumental in shaping the organization's trajectory.

We also are very excited to embrace the enthusiasm surrounding the incoming presidency of Dr. Dolores Njoku. With her extensive experience and highly respected standing in our specialty, Dr. Njoku is ideally suited to carry forward the leadership baton during this exciting phase for the AUA.

The buzz is palpable among friends and colleagues nationwide, all eager to converge in St. Louis for a meeting centered on "Shaping the Future of Academic Anesthesiology." This year, we've crafted an environment conducive to genuine interaction, deep inquiry, and robust networking, promising a truly enriching experience for all attendees.

The pre-meeting sessions kick off with a Mentoring Workshop, complemented by an insightful Q&A editorial by Drs. Harriet Hopf and Susie Martinelli. The SAB's response to member feedback has culminated in a Mock Study Section, providing a unique learning opportunity. Additionally, Dr. Carolyn Calfee's C.R. Stephen Lecture is poised to be a highlight, reflecting our commitment to cutting-edge knowledge and innovation in the space of precision medicine in critical care.

Saturday's program features the Deputy Director of NIDA as our Keynote Speaker, whose insights are sure to be invaluable. The day's events, curated by our Boards and the Host Program, are designed to be relevant, engaging, and innovative, setting the stage for a memorable President’s Reception at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Sunday's agenda starts with a networking breakfast for Women in Academic Anesthesiology, followed by the President’s Session with Dr. Biyu He, spotlighting her remarkable contributions to our field. The day will culminate with poster sessions, the LAB Panel, and the Business Meeting, marking the end of an eventful meeting.

With genuine excitement, the opportunity to reconnect with so many of you in St. Louis is something I look forward to with great eagerness. See you soon in what promises to be an unforgettable gathering!


Shahzad Shaefi, MD, MPH
Chair, Communications & Website Committee
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts