Executive Board

Basem B. Abdelmalak, M.D., FASA, President, is a Professor of Anesthesiology at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and an Anesthesiologist in the section for ENT Anesthesia at Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, OH) since 2001. Currently, he leads the Anesthesia Services for Bronchoscopic Surgery and is the Director of the Center for Procedural Sedation. He frequently performs the Therapeutic Whole Lung Lavage procedure to treat pulmonary alveolar proteinosis patients.

Dr. Abdelmalak is board-certified in Anesthesiology and fellowship trained in Critical Care medicine. His many clinical interests include anesthesia for ENT and bronchoscopic surgery and difficult airway management. He is also a member of the Anesthesiology Outcomes Research Department.

He served the Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists as its president in 2015 and currently serves the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) as its Vice President.

He has received numerous honors and awards, including being named one of America’s Top Anesthesiologists according to the Consumers' Research Council of America. A frequently invited speaker at national and international conferences, Dr. Abdelmalak authored many scientific articles and book chapters in his field, and recently co-edited two textbooks titled Anesthesia for Otolaryngologic Surgery and Clinical Airway Management; An Illustrated Case Based Approach by Cambridge University Press.

Tracey Straker M.D., MPH, President-elect, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Straker graduated from the 7yr combined BS/M.D. program, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and earned her M.D. degree from New York Medical College in 1990. She then went on to train in anesthesiology at Montefiore Medical Center, graduating in 1994. In addition, she holds a Masters in Medical Administration from New York Medical College and is presently pursuing a Master’s degree in Health Information Technology online.

After graduating, she worked for 2 years in the private practice arena, and returned to academic medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Straker currently serves as the Fellowship Director of the Combined Airway / ENT Fellowship, Director of Advanced Airway Rotation and Associate Director Genearalist  Anesthesia. Full description of the Combined Airway / ENT fellowship is avalable at http://www.montefiore.org/anesthesiology-fellowships.

Dr. Straker ‘s clinical interests include Head and Neck anesthesia, with a concentration in laryngology and jet ventilation. In addition, bariatric anesthesia and oromaxillofacial anesthesia garner considerable attention as well.

Dr. Straker has written several peer reviwed articles, book chapters in major textbooks, lectured at several locations nationally and internationally and taught numerous airway management workshops. Her clinical research presently deals with airway management in the bariatric patients and intraoperative management in sleep apnea patients.

Joshua H. Atkins, M.D., Ph.D., Secretary, is Attending Physician, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, and Director of Anesthesia of Head and Neck Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a secondary appointment in Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery where he collaborates extensively for clinical care, academic research, and quality improvement. Dr. Atkins specializes in anesthesia for drug induced sleep endoscopy, complex airway surgery, including robotic head and neck surgery complex neurosurgery, and outpatient procedures. His research work, in close collaboration with Dr. Jeff Mandel focuses on the pharmacology of intravenous anesthetic agents and respiratory monitoring. Dr. Atkins is heavily engaged in patient quality and safety activities in the health system where he is Co-Chair of the Airway Safety Subcommittee of the Patient Safety Committee, which brings a multidisciplinary group of experts together to mitigate risk and standardize airway management in the health system. He is the anesthesia director for perioperative team simulation education, has an active clinical research program, and regularly lectures in the community and abroad. Since 2007 Dr. Atkins has been intimately involved in the development of academic exchanges between Penn and leading institutions in China.

Dr. Atkins is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and a junior oral examiner for the national certifying boards in anesthesiology. He is Past-President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists and voting member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists House of Delegates.

Davide Cattano, M.D., Ph.D., D.ABA, C.M.Q., Treasurer, is Professor of Anesthesiology at McGovern Medical School, UTHealth at Houston, where he has served as faculty anesthesiologist since 2008: he is currently the Medical Director of the Preoperative Anesthesia Clinic Memorial Hermann Hospital Texas Medical Center, and serves as the Chief for ORL, oromaxillofacial and plastic (Head and Neck).

Dr. Cattano has received clinical research fellowship training at the Imperial College of London in 2005, and multiple honors and awards throughout his career. He serves as a peer reviewer on several Journals, including Anesthesiology, Anesthesia and Analgesia and Minerva Anestesiologica. He has co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications, covering multitude of topics including; education and management of the difficult airway (advanced use of extraglottic devices, use of videolaryngoscopy and ultrasound, invasive techniques for airway management), head and neck cancer and anesthetics, pain management in ORL and process improvement in perioperative care. He also contributed to several book chapters on airway management and head and neck anesthesia. His current research focus is on perioperative care and quality.

Vladimir Nekhendzy, M.D., Immediate Past President, is Clinical Professor of Anesthesia and Otolaryngology at the Department of Anesthesia, Stanford University School of Medicine. Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Dr. Nekhendzy graduated from Pavlov Medical School in 1979. He completed anesthesia residency training at St. Petersburg Institute for Advanced Training for Physicians in 1985, and University of California, San Francisco in 1996.

After completing a research fellowship at Stanford (Dr. Mervyn Maze’s lab), Dr. Nekhendzy joined Stanford Anesthesia Department in 1997. He has been the Director of Stanford ENT Anesthesia and Advanced Airway Management Program (SAAMP) since their inception, in 1998. He also serves as Director of Clinical Fellowship in ENT Anesthesia and Advanced Airway Management, offered by Stanford Anesthesia Department since 2009. Full description of the fellowship training is available at: http://med.stanford.edu/anesthesia/education/clinical_fellowship.html

Dr. Nekhendzy’s major clinical, teaching and research activities are centered on perioperative care of patients undergoing a wide variety of otolaryngologic, neurotologic, maxillofacial, orthognatic, and facial plastic surgical procedures, and on the use of advanced airway management devices and techniques. He has authored several chapters on ENT anesthesia in major textbooks, lectured extensively nationally and internationally, and directed numerous workshops on difficult airway management.

David Healy, M.D., Past President and Co-Chair, Education Board, is is an anesthesiologist committed to the improvement of medical care received by patients undergoing Head and Neck Surgeries. He wants to link anesthesiologists to encourage communication, education and coordinated scientific endeavor.

Dr. Healy is the Director of Head and Neck Anesthesia at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he has been a faculty member since 2005. Raised and educated in Cambridge, England, he completed his medical school training at St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London Hospital in 1996. He completed both Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology boards in the UK, becoming both a Member of The Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) and Fellow of the Royal College of Anesthetists (FRCA). His interests include novel airway device development and performance assessment and clinical outcomes research.

Dr. Healy has lectured, published book chapters and original articles on airway management and devices. He is the course director of the Annual Interdisciplinary Airway Management Course of the University of Michigan. He is an advisory board member of M-HEAL (Michigan Health Engineered for All Lives), a biomedical engineering group that applies novel engineering solutions to the health problems of the developing world.

Narasimhan (“Sim”) Jagannathan, M.D., Co-Chair, Education Board, practices pediatric anesthesia at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. It is tertiary care children’s hospital, which conducts 25,000 anesthetics for children a year. Sim is also the Associate Chair for Academic Affairs and an Associate Professor Anesthesiology at Northwestern University. Dr. Jagannathan completed anesthesiology residency at the Cleveland Clinic in 2005 and subsequently did his pediatric anesthesia fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital (now Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago).

Dr. Jagannathan’s clinical research is focused on airway research in children. He has designed and conducted many randomized trials on the use of advanced airway devices and techniques for pediatrics, observational airway studies, and has authored 85 publications. Sim has lectured nationally and internationally on the topics of airway management in children, specifically the use of advanced airway techniques for the difficult airway. Currently, Dr. Jagannathan gives the Refresher Course lecture on difficult airway management in children and runs the pediatric airway workshop for the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) annual meeting. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Society for Airway Management (SAM).

Dr. Jagannathan is an Editor of American Board of Anesthesiologists written exam and an Oral Board Examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiologists. He reviews extensively for Pediatric Anesthesia, Anesthesia & Analgesia, British Journal of Anaesthesia, BMC Pediatrics, European Journal of Pediatrics, Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, Journal of Anesthesia (Editorial Board Member), and BMC Anesthesiology, completing over 50 manuscript reviews a year.

Michael Aziz, M.D., Chair of the Scientific Board of SHANA, is Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland (OHSU), Oregon. He received his Medical Doctorate degree from the Ohio State University in 2001, and completed his training in Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan in 2005.

Dr. Aziz’s major academic interests are focused on airway management, particularly the role of video laryngoscopy for the management of the difficult airway.  He also has an interest in outcomes research as it relates to database management. 

Clinically, Dr. Aziz is active in providing anesthesia for otolaryngologic surgical procedures. He also serves several administrative roles at OHSU, such as director of adult inpatient anesthesia, medical director of post-anesthesia care, departmental informatics officer, and clinical champion of the anesthesia information management system. Nationally, Dr. Aziz serves on the multi-centered perioperative outcomes group and American Society of Anesthesiology research committee.

Viji Kurup, MBBS, M.D., Chair Communications Board, is Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Yale. Viji completed her residency in Anesthesiology at Yale and continued there with a Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia. She has been on as faculty in the department since 2005 where she has developed a career as a medical educator. She is currently Director of Departmental Education and the Course Director for the Anesthesia Resident Simulations.

Dr. Kurup’s research interests include integration of technology in teaching and patient care, social media integration in resident education and looking at educational outcomes using these tools. She has established the Yale Anesthesia Media Lab in the department of Anesthesiology at Yale, devoted to creating multimedia learning objects (http://medicine.yale.edu/anesthesiology/media/index.aspx). She enjoys teaching and has been awarded the Faculty Award for Excellence in Education and Leadership for the Department of Anesthesiology, Yale University School of Medicine in 2008 and 2012.

Dr. Kurup is an active member of the Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA) (Outreach and Developing world), and co-founder of ‘SimWorldwide’, a website dedicated to bringing teachers and learners around the world on a common platform as well as Anesthesia Illustrated (www.anesthesiaillustrated.com).

Dr. Kurup has published a number of journal articles and book chapters related to teaching the millennial generation and using technology in resident education. She is also active in the Connecticut State Society of Anesthesiologists and is currently the President of the Association.