SAB Welcomes New Members

The Scientific Advisory Board requested applications earlier this year for new members to fill four open positions. We were honored to receive a record number of outstanding applications in response. The SAB is proud to welcome the following new members, who start their three-year terms this summer:

T. Anthony Anderson, MD, PhD, is a pediatric anesthesiologist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. His research interests include the use of non-opioid pharmacologic agents and regional anesthesia to improve pediatric and adult patient analgesia and safety. More specifically, he is interested in the use of novel technologies and pharmacologic agents to reduce acute pain and the risk of chronic pain after surgery. He is further interested in understanding the impact of perioperative care on pediatric patient outcomes.

Frederic T. (Josh) Billings IV, MD, MSc, is associate professor of anesthesiology and medicine in the division of anesthesiology critical care medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University. His research program focuses on mechanisms of surgery-induced organ injury, specifically the impact of perioperative oxidative damage on kidney, brain, and heart injury, and developing new therapy for perioperative organ injury in humans. He is Director of the B.H. Robbins Scholars Program, the Department’s physician-scientist development program, and clinically cares for patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery and attends in the cardiovascular ICU.

Christina Pabelick, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist (specialized in pediatric anesthesia) with longstanding research interests in airway biology. As a physician and physiologist, her research interest has been airway biology in health and disease with a special focus on lung development and the aging lung.

Jean-Francois Pittet, MD, DEAA, is the David H. Chestnut Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was the Vice Chair/Director of the Division of Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine until January 2016 when he replaced Steve Shafer as the new Editor-in-Chief of Anesthesia & Analgesia. Dr. Pittet’s research activity supported by the National Institute of Health and the Department of Defense is focused on the mechanisms of acute lung injury after sepsis and trauma and on the mechanisms of posttraumatic coagulopathy.

A very warm welcome to our new SAB members, and a heartfelt thank you to the many highly accomplished AUA members who submitted their CVs, but were not selected this year. I truly appreciate their commitment and contributions, and encourage everyone to please reapply next year.


Ines Koerner, MD, PhD
Chair, Scientific Advisory Board
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon