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Board of Directors Bios

Michael R. Sandison, MD

The best advice that I was given after I was appointed Director of Resident Education at Albany Medical Center in 1999 was to join the SEA. As a member, and a participant in the SEA Teaching Workshop in 2003, I developed as a medical teacher and professional educator. I gradually became involved in the educational offerings of the society, and in 2004, as a member of the SEA President’s Task Force on the ACGME Competencies, I co-chaired the Patient Care Workshop at the Harrisburg meeting. In 2006, I co-chaired two workshops at the Spring Meeting dealing with Phase 3 of the ACGME Outcomes Project, and we produced a final evaluation tool, which can also be used as a graduate employer assessment.

I also served as Program Chair for the SEA Fall 2008 meeting in Orlando. I have completed two terms on the SEA Board of Directors, and two terms as Treasurer. The past two terms were a challenging transition for the SEA, as the ASA moved to relinquish management of the sub-specialty organizations. I played an active role in the appointment and transition to SAMI as our management company.

SEA has nurtured my career in residency education, and I feel a very strong loyalty to this organization and its future well-being. My vision for the future of the Society is first to ensure that we provide expert educational offerings to all physician teachers of anesthesiology, while protecting our financial solvency and reserves. Second, we must develop and share educational tools, including curriculum and milestones assessment products. Third, we must continue to foster and protect the spirit of idealism, the principle of inclusion, and the shared educational mission that characterizes the culture of SEA.

Vice President/President-Elect
Karen J. Souter, MB, BS

I consider it a very great honor to be nominated for the role of Vice-President/President-Elect of SEA. I have been a SEA member for 14 years of which 6 years have been in service as a member of the board and the last 4 years as secretary. I have led a number of workshops over the years; I have chaired 2 SEA Spring meetings in Seattle in 2009 and 2015. As a long-standing member of the Educational Meetings committee I have a strong understanding of how our society works and particularly how we continue to create interesting and innovative meetings. The main role of the Vice-President/President–Elect, according to the SEA Polices and Procedures manual is to “oversee the committees of the society”. The committees are the lifeblood of the SEA! It is the committees that keep the day-to-day tasks of the society going and whose innovations continue to move us forward and upwards! SEA has 13 standing committees and various task forces.

Some of the more notable achievements of different committees in recent months include:

  • Getting the Journal of Education in Perioperative Medicine (JEPM) listed in PubMed Central (PMC)
  • Developing the “SEAd” Grant program, a $10,000 education research starter grant open to SEA faculty members (Research committee)

These highlights are just tips of the enormous “icebergs” of work that our committees generate. I shall look forward to the opportunity to work closely with the committee chairs and members to support their important work.

My vision for the future of the society is to see it continue to grow and advance anesthesia education. The SEA is a strong supporter of academic anesthesiology educators; we already offer a wide portfolio of resources (research opportunities, The Workshop on Teaching, milestone assessment tools, faculty development, etc.). I would like to see the society explore new avenues for supporting academic educators such as leadership development and by being at the forefront of new teaching strategies. In 2015 I co-chaired the SEA Spring meeting in Seattle where we joined forces with surgical educators. This experienced helped me better understand how our society can collaborate with other like-minded societies. I believe SEA has a great deal to offer as well as learn from collaborations and I hope we can forge more joint ventures with educators in anesthesia as well as other disciplines.

I am excited to be offered this opportunity to take the next step in the leadership of our society. At the same time I am grateful for the continuing support of the SEA members that has brought me to this point and I look forward to continuing to work with the society and all its members.

Stephanie B. Jones, MD

I am Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education and Faculty Development, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. I attended Cornell University and completed my medical school and anesthesia residency at Washington University, St. Louis. After six years on the anesthesia faculty at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, I joined the staff at Beth Israel Deaconess in 2003.

SEA has played a key role in the progression of my academic career. My participation in SEA began simply with gathering information at annual meetings. I was excited to meet other educators who shared my enthusiasm and faced similar challenges. Later, I joined the Committees on Resident Evaluation, then Educational Meetings, and Research. I served as Program Chair for both the 2009 Fall and 2014 Spring Annual meetings, and as a member of the Board of Directors (2009-2015). During that time, I progressed from junior faculty to assistant Program Director to Program Director, and now Vice Chair for Education and Faculty Development. As my personal career development needs have changed over the years, I have come to understand better the various roles that SEA must play in faculty development to provide resources and learning opportunities for everyone from residents and early faculty to senior leadership.

My clinical interests include the anesthetic implications of obesity and bariatric surgery. I have served as a member of the statewide Weight Loss Surgery Expert Panel and Anesthesia Task Force, Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and am immediate past President of the International Society for Perioperative Care of the Obese Patient. Recent research projects include development and validation of a virtual airway skills trainer and provision of feedback on professionalism and interpersonal communication skills. I am also Editor-in-Chief of International Anesthesiology Clinics and UpToDate Anesthesiology.

Jane Easdown, MD

I am seeking election for a second term as SEA treasurer. SEA is a dynamic society that continues to grow in membership as well as academic standing. That growth has been possible because of our unique membership and sound financial management throughout our history. I wish to continue that financial stability and be open to every new opportunity to use our funds wisely for our common vision and goals.

In the last two years the Finance Committee has worked diligently to create our first investment policy. Through this policy adopted in April 2015, SEA has invested funds conservatively so that future projects can be supported. We were very excited to be able to create a new endowment fund for an educational grant we call the "SEAd grant". The SEAd grant supports the educational research of an early career SEA member selected through our Research Committee. That grant was awarded for the first time at the 2016 Spring meeting. Initiatives of this quality that support and benefit the SEA membership are key to our future financial direction.

I am a SEA Member since 1999 and a Board member since 2010. My medical training began in Canada at McGill University and University of Toronto. It was during my residency at McMaster, a non-traditional medical school, that I became aware of alternative methods to train physicians. That launched a life long interest in medical education and membership in SEA. As Chair of the Educational Meetings Committee I helped steer the Spring and Fall meetings for the years 2007 to 2010. I was the course director for the 2006 SEA Spring meeting in Nashville. In my own professional life, I have sought to promote SEA’s vision of medical education. I am a member of the ASA Patient Safety Editorial Board who create the on- line modules for patient safety CME and MOCA. I am an elected member of the Academy of Excellence in Education, a group at Vanderbilt who peer coach and mentor other faculty. I have facilitated panels and workshops at ASA, SEA, ACGME and IMSH meetings. SEA has been central to my career and development as an educator.

It is the duty of the Treasurer to support the vision of the Society through its financial activities. Our new investment policy and SEAd grant are examples of what we have achieved in this last term. And we are always open to new opportunities. A sound financial foundation supports the future for all of us in SEA. I would be honored to continue to serve you in this position. Thank you for your support and consideration.

Past President
Stephen J. Kimatian, MD

Bio coming soon!

Jeffrey S. Berger, MD, MBA

After completing residency in 2005, I joined the faculty of New York University where I was awarded Teacher of the Year for 2005-2006. In 2007, I relocated to Washington, D.C., where I began my service for The George Washington University’s Department of Anesthesiology as Director of the Residency Program in 2008. From 2009-2014, I also served as Director of Obstetric Anesthesiology. At the University level, I serve as Physician Advisor to the Office of International Medicine Programs and I was appointed Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education in March, 2014. Nationally, I was elected to the Executive Council for Core Program Directors from 2012-2015, I was elected to the Association of University Anesthesiologists in 2015, and I was awarded the ACGME’s Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award in 2016.

As an active member of the SEA since 2007, I have led several ASA and SEA workshops, and I have Chaired the 2012 Fall Meeting. I have served as Chair of the Resident Education Committee (2012-2014) and currently participate in the Research and Journal of Education in Perioperative Medicine (JEPM) Committees. I received MERC certification and annually serve as a moderator for SEA poster sessions. I serve as Co-Editor-in-Chief of JEPM (2015-Present), editing manuscripts and co-leading the successful effort to achieve PubMed indexing.

Franklyn P. Cladis, MD

My name is Franklyn Cladis and I am currently a Member of the Board of Directors for SEA. This society is an incredibly important resource for anesthesiologists involved with education and it has helped me in a variety of ways. I have been the program director for the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC since 2007 and I am the President-elect for the Pediatric Anesthesia Program Directors Association (PAPDA). I am also one of the editors for Smith’s Anesthesia for Infants and Children, a Senior question writer for the ABA Pediatric Anesthesiology Certifying exam and a Part 2 ABA board examiner. I have personally benefited from my SEA membership over the past decade.

In 2005 I became a member of SEA to network and to expand my education skill sets. I found mentorship, friendship, and camaraderie. Over several years I became more involved with the SEA Research Committee and was fortunate enough to chair that committee from 2009 to 2015. The success of the Research committee comes from the hard work of the members. During my term as Research Chair our primary responsibility was to grade and provide feedback for all of the abstracts and posters submitted to the yearly spring meetings. In addition we also implemented several changes. Over the past five years we transitioned to an on-line abstract submission and grading system, created the research consultant, and navigated the introduction of MERC for two SEA meetings.

One of my greatest honors was helping with the development and implementation of the SEAd Grant. This starter grant represents a significant milestone for SEA by financially giving back to its membership. It is statement of the commitment of SEA to medical education research and to its members. This grant is self-sustaining and will continue to be a resource to our society for years to come.

It has been a privilege to serve SEA as the immediate past Research Chair and Member of the Board. I look forward to serving the members of SEA in my second term.

Carol Ann B. Diachun, MD, MSEd

I am truly honored to work for this Society as a Member of the Board of Directors. I cannot imagine my career as an educator, associate residency program director and now program director and associate chair for education without SEA. This Society has provided me with the tools for teaching and evaluating my residents as well as numerous opportunities for my own professional development. Through SEA I have developed a network of colleagues, mentors and good friends. The excitement and enthusiasm for education is literally infectious at our meetings. Since joining SEA more than a decade ago, I have been heavily involved in this community.

My dearest mentor, Dr. Denham Ward, encouraged my passion in education fostered my work in committees at SEA, including sponsoring me at SEA’s Teaching Workshop many years ago. These opportunities only spurred me to become an even better educator. I completed a Dean’s Teaching Fellowship at the University of Rochester and graduated with my Masters of Science in Health Professions Education in fall 2014 from the Warner School of Education. In 2014, I moved to become Residency Program Director and Associate Chair for Education at the University of Florida – Jacksonville. In this role I have used many of the ideas and innovations I learnt through SEA to redesign our entire program to incorporate a flipped classroom model, active learning and reflective practice - both from a viewpoint of the residency as well as faculty development.

Since 2004 I have contributed numerous workshops and posters at SEA. I have also been actively involved in committee work. With the Committee on Faculty Development, I helped organize the initial Educator’s Portal for the SEA website and was one of the original Peer Teaching Coaches for our Society. I have continued to actively provide feedback to workshop presenters in this role.

Some of the most challenging work I have done for SEA was as the Program Director for our highly innovative June 2013 SEA national meeting,” Milestones & Assessment: Are You Ready?” The meeting utilized 36 workshops to teach about Milestones and provided a collaborative environment in which participants designed over 50 assessment products addressing Milestones that are available to all SEA members via the SEA website. This meeting was the highest-attended spring meeting for SEA and was accomplished during a period when the Society’s management was in transition.

Since 2012 I have also served as Chair and Chair-designee of the Educational Meetings Committee. During this time, we have had many highly successful and innovative meetings. We created a peer-review process for the meeting workshop submissions process improving quality; we incorporated the AAMC MERC workshops in 2012 and 2014; we designed a huge collaborative effort with the Milestones workshops in 2013 and we shared ideas with our surgical colleagues in the first-ever combined meeting with the Association of Surgical Educators in 2015 in Seattle. These all reflect my inherent belief in innovation and collaboration. With hard work and the willingness to try, together we can accomplish so many things.

John D. Mitchell, MD

I am currently the Residency Program Director for the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and an Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School. As Program Director, I am involved with all aspects of teaching and educational administration, including curricular design, education research, and leveraging technology in education.

I have been fortunate to be supported and recognized as a teacher and education researcher. To build my teaching skills, I participated in the SEA workshop on teaching in 2005 and pursued a Rabkin Fellow in medical education in 2009-2010. I was selected as Departmental Teacher of the Year by residents three times and received the S.Robert Stone Award for outstanding Medical Student Teaching from Harvard Medical School. To build my education research skills, I participated in both the Rabkin fellowship noted above and the Medical Education Research Certification course sponsored by SEA in 2012. I was selected for a John Hedley Whyte research grant in 2010-2011 and a FAER education research grant in 2012-2014 to pursue topics in faculty development of feedback skills. I also received a grant from the Shapiro center for education to explore using patient feedback to shape resident professionalism and communication skills. My current areas of interest also include perioperative ultrasound simulation. I am excited to participate in fruitful research and curriculum sharing relationships with other SEA members, who have fostered my growth and aided my efforts.

I am thoroughly engaged in educational leadership. I enjoy mentoring other educators as a member of the Harvard Academy, a Senior Member of the BIDMC Academy of Educators, and a member of the FAER Academy of Education Mentors in Anesthesiology. I serve on the FAER research in education grant review committee. I contribute to the Board of Directors for the SEA and SAAA to lead these groups forward in their respective missions. I am honored to work with the Interhospital Study Group to develop and refine the AKT exams. I serve on the Steering Committee and advisory board for, and lead the cardiovascular section of, the Anesthesia Toolbox curriculum sharing project. I examine for the ABA oral exams, serve on the OSCE exam task force, and lead the development of the echo OSCE station. Through these activities, I have gained an understanding of the issues at play in the world of anesthesia education.

I believe that the future of our specialty lies in collaborative efforts in teaching, training program design, and education research. Using what I have learned through my relationship with SEA, I have improved my own program, developed novel curricular and lead educational research endeavors. I am grateful to those who have shared their innovative ideas and eager to share what I have learned with others.

Annette Mizuguchi, MD, PhD

I first became involved with SEA by attending the Workshop on Teaching in 2008. I attended this workshop with trepidation since it was the first time I signed up to attend a workshop with a bunch of people I did not know and in a town and state I had never visited before. This workshop was eye opening on many levels. First, although I was fully aware I knew nothing about education, through the workshop, I became even more aware of my knowledge deficit, which in turn made me eager to learn. Second, I was pleasantly surprised to meet like-minded people who were truly friendly and nice.

Therefore, I decided to pursue my relationship with SEA by attending the 2008 Spring SEA meeting. I also joined the newly formed Web-based Education committee that was tasked to update the website. Instead of being just a name on a committee roster, I made a conscious decision to take an active role in the committee. In 2009, under the leadership of John Mitchell, MD, I was named the chair-designee of the Web-based Education committee. With the help of members on our committee and other SEA members, we were able to launch the “new” website ( in 2009. In 2013, I was promoted to chair of the committee and I worked actively with my chair designee, Swapna Chaudhuri, MD, PhD, to focus our committee endeavors in providing SEA members with various technological/digital tools that may be useful in their academic and clinical lives as well as to ensure a functional up-to-date SEA website that meets the needs of SEA members and committees. As such, in 2014, the SEA Board of Directors approved the rebranding of the Web-based Education committee to the committee on Advancement of Technology in Education. Since then we have surveyed the SEA membership to determine which digital/technological tools our members are most interested in learning about and have presented such workshops at our meeting since Spring 2015.

Over the years I have found supportive mentorship and friendship that has helped me develop academically and personally. I believe and respect the SEA vision, mission, values and goals. SEA is a unique society that embraces collaboration, innovation, and scholarship by being an inclusive community. There are no secret society meetings that are held to foster exclusivity. Mentorship, friendship, collaboration is inclusive with SEA and I hope to be a good mentor, a good friend and collaborator as well and I hope to continue to receive good mentorship and to be surrounded by wonderful friends and collaborators. It is a great honor to serve on the Board of Directors.

Christine S. Park, MD

Education has always been a top priority in my career. I have been active in SEA since 2010 and have served as the chair of the simulation committee in our society since 2012. As committee chair, I led the development of a full day pre-conference course for simulation educators which debuted at the SEA Spring 2013 conference. I had the privilege of serving as the co-chair for the SEA Spring 2015 conference, which was our first-ever joint venture with our surgical education counterparts.

In addition to service on two editorial boards with the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Journal Simulation in Healthcare, I am the Editor for Special Projects with These roles provide valuable opportunities to expand educational innovation and scholarship nationally. Within my department I serve as the Director of Simulation. Providing mentorship of students, residents and faculty is the most personally meaningful component of this role.

SEA’s special strengths include not only championship of education but also its community of mentorship. I am committed to continuing and advancing the society’s achievements in anesthesia education. If elected to the Board of Directors, I will bring my knowledge, skills and energy to support this outstanding society.

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