Board of Directors

Daniel J. Cole, M.D. President

Dr. Cole is a professor of clinical anesthesiology and the vice chair for professional and business development at David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He serves as president and executive director, professional affairs of the ABA and as a member of the Maintenance of Certification Committee. Dr. Cole is also on the board of directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. He is the immediate past president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Brenda G. Fahy, M.D. Vice President

Dr. Fahy is a professor of anesthesiology at the University of Florida and associate chair and division chief, Anesthesiology Critical Care. She is the medical director of Critical Care Medicine-Anesthesiology Clinical Services and medical director for the Neurointensive Care at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. She also serves as program director for the Combined Critical Care Adult Cardiothoracic and Critical Care Medicine Fellowships. Dr. Fahy is the vice president of the ABA, serves as chair of its Credentials Committee and is a member of the Critical Care Medicine Examination Committee. Her research interests include studies in the critically ill patient population and multidisciplinary translational research teams as well as educational studies.

Deborah J. Culley, M.D. Secretary

Dr. Culley is an attending physician and vice chair of research at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and an associate professor of anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. She is secretary of the ABA and serves on its Credentials Committee. Dr. Culley serves as chair of the Continuing Certification Committee of the American Board of Medical Specialties and the Academic Anesthesiology Committee of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. She is a past president of the Society of Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care, serves on the executive editorial board of “Anesthesiology” and is currently funded by the NIA to study the effects of baseline cognitive impairment on outcomes in older surgical patients.

Santhanam Suresh, M.D. Treasurer

Dr. Suresh is the Arthur C. King Professor and chair of the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital) and is a professor of pediatrics and anesthesiology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He previously served as the vice chairman and director of research for the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology at Lurie’s Children’s Hospital and as chair of its Pain Practices Committee. Dr. Suresh is treasurer of the ABA, is vice chair of the Pediatric Anesthesiology Examination, and serves on its Assessments and Nonstandard Examinations Committees. He also serves as co-chair of the SmartTots PPP Steering Committee, as chair of the Educational Track Subcommittee on Pediatric Anesthesia for the American Society of Anesthesiologists and on the board of trustees for the International Anesthesia Research Society.

Rupa J. Dainer, M.D.

Dr. Dainer is medical director and chief strategy officer at the Pediatrics Specialists of Virginia. She served honorably as a commander in the United States Navy until her end of service in October 2015. During her time in service she was chief of pediatric anesthesia at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. In 2009, Dr. Dainer deployed to Afghanistan to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom and then deployed to the Dominican Republic in 2013 to participate in Medical Readiness Training Exercises. She is currently a director of the ABA and serves on the Maintenance of Certification, Standardized Oral Examination, Pediatric Anesthesiology MOCA Minute and Pediatric Anesthesiology Examination Committees.

Robert R. Gaiser, M.D.

Dr. Gaiser is the chairman for the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Kentucky where he also serves as a professor of anesthesiology in the School of Medicine. He previously served as the program director for the Department of Anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he also served as a professor of anesthesiology and critical care, as well as a staff anesthesiologist. Additionally, he was a professor within the Department of Pharmacology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and School of Nursing at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His academic interests include education and obstetric anesthesia, while he focuses his clinical work on the care of the pregnant patient. He serves as chair for the Review Committee of the ACGME for Anesthesiology. He is a director of the ABA, chair of its BASIC Examination and Nonstandard Examinations Committees and a member of the Assessments and OSCE Committees.

Mark T. Keegan, M.B., B.Ch.

Dr. Keegan is a professor of anesthesiology and full-time clinician, who works as a consultant anesthesiologist and intensivist in the operating rooms and intensive care units at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He is a director of the ABA and serves as vice chair of its Critical Care Medicine Exam Committee, senior editor for the Standardized Oral Examination Committee, and as a member of the Research, Assessments and In-Training Examination Committees. He has been honored with the Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship Award and multiple critical care clinician of the year and teacher of the year awards. He has received the Mayo Critical Care Master Clinician and Educator Hall of Fame Awards and has twice received the Mayo Department of Anesthesia Distinguished Clinician Award. Dr. Keegan’s research interests include the use of prognostic scoring systems in the intensive care unit and critical care of the liver transplant recipient.

Alex Macario, M.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Macario a professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, and, by courtesy, health research and policy at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He also serves as vice-chair for Education and program director for the Anesthesia Residency. Dr. Macario is a director of the ABA and serves as chair of the Research Committee and a member of the Maintenance of Certification, In-Training Examination and OSCE Committees. His research career has been dedicated to the economics of health care, in particular costs, quality and outcomes for patients having surgery and anesthesia.

Thomas M. McLoughlin Jr., M.D.

Dr. McLoughlin serves as chair of anesthesiology for Lehigh Valley Health Network. He is also a professor of surgery in the Division of Surgical Anesthesiology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine and a clinical professor at DeSales University. He is a director of the ABA, serves as chair of its Maintenance of Certification Committee and is a member of its MOCA Minute Committee. From 2001 to 2013, Dr. McLoughlin served as an associate examiner for the ABA’s Part 2 (oral) Examination. He is the editor-in-chief of Advances in Anesthesia, which is published annually by Elsevier.

Andrew J. Patterson, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Patterson is the executive vice chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. He previously served as an associate professor of anesthesiology at Stanford University, where he was chief of the Critical Care Medicine Division and director of the Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Patterson currently serves as an attending physician in intensive care units at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in addition to working as an operating room anesthesiologist. He is also associate director of the Interprofessional Academy of Educators at the University of Nebraska. Dr. Patterson is a director of the ABA, serves as chair of the Standardized Oral Examination Committee and is a member of the Maintenance of Certification Committee. He is also a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Anesthesiology Residency Review Committee.

Margaret Pisacano, B.S.N., J.D.

Ms. Pisacano is the Public Member Director of the ABA and serves on the Credentials and Nonstandard Examinations Committees. She is an Associate General Counsel for the University of Kentucky and Director of Risk Management for UK HealthCare. She is an adjunct faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Law where she supervises an Externship for law students in the UK HealthCare Department of Risk Management.  Ms. Pisacano graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 1980, and worked as a registered nurse for nine years primarily in the operating room and labor and delivery. She graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law with honors in 1989, and worked as a medical malpractice defense trial lawyer in private practice for eighteen years prior to assuming the Directorship of the UK HealthCare Department of Risk Management in 2007.

James P. Rathmell, M.D.

Dr. Rathmell is the chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He previously served as chief of the Division of Pain Medicine and executive vice chair of the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In 2012, he was appointed as the inaugural Henry Knowles Beecher Professor of Anesthesia at MGH. Dr. Rathmell is a director of the ABA and serves on its Credentials, Research, OSCE and Pain Medicine Examination Committees. Dr. Rathmell’s current research interest focuses on examining the effectiveness of new and emerging treatments for pain.

David O. Warner, M.D.

Dr. Warner is a professor of anesthesiology, clinician investigator and consultant for the Department of Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he practices pediatric anesthesiology. He directs the Mayo Clinic Office of Health Disparities Research and Anesthesia Clinical Research Unit, and is the associate director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. He is a director of the ABA and serves as chair of its Assessments and OSCE Committees. He is also a member of the Research, ADVANCED Examination and Pediatric Anesthesiology Examination Committees. Dr. Warner’s research interests include respiratory physiology, outcomes of anesthesia and surgery, tobacco control, neurotoxicity of anesthetics and substance use disorders.