The Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists is a statewide organization representing over 1,400 anesthesiologists and allied health providers. OSA promotes improved communication among its members and the advancement of anesthesiology within the medical profession. The OSA is a state affiliate of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). OSA publishes a newsletter, which includes timely information about legislation and regulation.
The OSA Annual Meeting is held in the fall in major Ohio cities. Throughout our site you will find the latest news and information surrounding the role of anesthesiologists in the state of Ohio. We hope to foster communication among our members and various state and local agencies, and emphasize the importance of anesthesiologists in today’s complex medical environment.
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It is my pleasure and honor to serve as your president this year of the Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists. Your OSA officers and lobbyists have been hard at work with advocacy efforts since our annual meeting in September. As we enter the mid-point of the 132nd Ohio General Assembly, we face more than one legislative proposal aimed at scope of practice expansion for non-physicians. Advocacy for our specialty and the physician-led care team model remains a major focus in Ohio and our efforts at the national level. We remain in close contact with the ASA team in Washington, DC, and appreciate their support. We are incredibly fortunate to have top-notch state lobbyists who tirelessly help guide OSA and your Executive Board through one political quagmire after the next here at home in Ohio.
House Bill 191, introduced by Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville), seeks to change and expand the scope of practice for nurse anesthetists in the state of Ohio. The OSA is working closely with The Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) to preserve physician-led anesthesia care and to review other legislative proposals which share the goal of independent non-physician practice. This newsletter includes a report from Willa Ebersole, our OSA lobbyist, which highlights legislation of which you should be aware and which stands to impact our patients and their care. Other legislative proposals are outlined as well with implications for physicians and their patients.
This Fall we set a goal to meet with key legislators in the state. Your president and several of your officers and OSA board members each met with his or her state representative and/or senator to initiate dialogue about key legislative issues. This winter, after the holiday season, each of the OSA District Directors will host a regional gathering of anesthesiologists and our lobbyists to increase our grassroots advocacy efforts. Please come and join your colleagues to hear the latest updates from our lobbyists and to ask questions. It’s your opportunity to have your voices heard and to share your ideas as well as to network.
Please respond to your emails about the regional meeting in your area and participate when contacted. In order to have the most effective and greatest possible impact on the future of our profession and the safety of our patients in Ohio we need the help of each and every anesthesiologist in Ohio! If you do not receive an email from your district director, please contact the OSA office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614.784.9721. Your OSA officers and district directors can be found on our website, www.osainc.org.
It’s important to remember that these are YOUR issues – not just ASA’s and OSA’s. We need your help and your involvement in order to navigate this minefield successfully. It’s easy to renew your ASA and OSA membership online at one time. If you need any assistance, please contact our OSA office. Political action committee (PAC) contributions are vital so that our voices can be heard at the state and national levels. Please donate to both OSA PAC and ASA PAC, as both voices are crucial!
In conclusion, I’d like to thank all of you who joined us in Columbus in September to attend our Annual Meeting. Kudos to our program chair, Victor Davila, MD, and to the planning committee for a seamless experience and an excellent educational program. We look forward to our 79th Annual Conference and Anesthesia Update on September 21-23, 2018 in Columbus. Thank you in advance to Mike Hawryschuk, MD and Victor Davila, MD CEAM co-chairs.
- The OSA Mission
Anesthesiologists are a Patient’s Lifeline…
We Promote the Highest Standards of Patient Care and Safety
We Foster Excellence through Education
We Advocate for Our Patients
– The Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists
2007 Jerome F. O’Hara, Jr., M.D. Cleveland
2008 Alan P. Marco, M.D. Toledo
2009 Armin Schubert, M.D., M.B.A. Cleveland
2010 John P. Lawrence, M.D. Cincinnati
2011 Robert H. Small, M.D. Columbus
2012 Alan Weiss, M.D. Girard
2013 Lance Talmage, Jr., M.D. Akron
2014 Paul Colavincenzo, M.D. Akron
2015 Basem Abdelmalak, M.D. Cleveland
2016 Paul Wojciechowski, MD Cincinnati
1997 Thomas B. Bralliar, M.D. Cleveland
1998 Philip E. Vanik, M.D. Columbus
1999 Henry Johnston, M.D. Cincinnati
2000 Patricia Davidson, M.D. Columbus
2001 Todd Cooperider, M.D. Sylvania
2002 Brenda Lewis, D.O. Cleveland
2003 Ronald L. Harter, M.D. Columbus
2004 John M. Collins, M.D. Cincinnati
2005 Gifford V. Eckhout, M.D., M.B.A. Cleveland
2006 Randall Ralston, M.D. Dayton
1987 Joseph G. Barkey, M.D. Findlay
1988 George H. Seher, D.O. Columbus
1989 John T. Martin, M.D. Toledo
1990 A. Keith Callender, M.D. Dayton
1991 Khaled Chaouki, M.D. Cleveland
1992 Phillip O. Bridenbaugh, M.D. Cincinnati
1993 Thomas J. Lavin, M.D. Cleveland
1994 Richard Stilz, M.D. Cincinnati
1995 Thomas F. Kravec, M.D. Columbus
1996 William B. Brideweser, M.D. Akron
Board of Directors
President: Beth Minzter, MD
President-Elect: John Rogoski, DO
Vice-President: William Glenn, MD
Secretary-Treasurer: Michael Hawryschuck, MD
Assistant Secretary-Treasurer: Erica Stein, MD
Immediate Past President: Daniel Grum, MD
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