In Remembrance of Dr. Lisa Wise-Faberowski

It is with tremendous sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dr. Lisa Wise-Faberowski. Lisa was an important contributor to advancement in academic anesthesiology. I have had the pleasure to consider myself as Lisa's colleague and friend for the past 25 years.

She was a gifted clinician and an incredible intellectual. Her intense work-ethic and high personal standards created a natural path to leadership within organized medicine.


Lisa’s passion was to foster the advancement of academics within anesthesiology. Lisa’s particular gifts to AUA have been to serve as an engaged mentor on the AUA Council as the Chair of the AUA Communications and Website Committee. (She began her role as Chair in 2017.)

From the beginning, Lisa’s passion and enthusiasm to communicate and engage with AUA members was evident. Under her leadership, in the summer of 2017, the AUA issued its last version of the original AUA Update and launched a new online web-based format of the AUA Update.

Lisa composed several articles for the AUA Update where you can see her passion and admiration for the field of anesthesiology and its leadership. In 2019, she authored the article “Dr. Simon Gelman: A Person of Integrity and Honor, a Mensch”, where she features Dr. Simon Gelman M.D., Ph.D., F.A.N.Z.C.A. and in 2020, Lisa authored Dr. Margaret Wood: “Three Things in Life”, where she features Dr. Margaret Wood, MD, FRCA, MB, ChB.

She continued to work to improve how the AUA communicated and engaged with its membership. Lisa led the launch of AUA’s Twitter handle @AUA_Anesthesia to begin to better engage with the AUA membership and the larger anesthesia community.

In 2021, Lisa continued to demonstrate her dedication and leadership by collaborating with the AUA Leadership Advisory Board Chair, Dr. Maya Hastie, to create a special publication “September is Women in Medicine Month”  to highlight the achievements of women leaders in the AUA membership. September was designated by the American Medical Association to celebrate women in medicine.

Lisa was exceptionally kind and collegial. All of us who have had the pleasure to work with Lisa greatly appreciate the time that we had with her and thank her family for supporting her in her unwavering dedication to improving perioperative patient care through exceptional research and education.

Lisa will be greatly missed as a colleague and friend.

Jeff Kirsch, on behalf of AUA Council.


Jeffrey R. Kirsch, MD
President, AUA
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin