Thank you to CSA’s District Directors

  • Wald, Samuel, MD, MBA, FASA
| Mar 11, 2019

Samuel_WaldI would like to devote one of my final CSAOFs as CSA president to our current elected district directors who have served the CSA with tireless energy, humility, and collaboration for the good of our members and our specialty. 

As you are aware, our redistricting into new geographic districts and practice forums has triggered a re-election of all the district directors who hold seats representing the 14 current geographic demarcations.  It is especially impressive that this board along with our officers have had the fortitude to restructure the board even though it meant a potentially premature end to their expected service to the board. 

However, it is my hope that every one of these individuals will remain active in the CSA through our committees, forums, districts, blogs or continued work in our governance delegation in a geographic district or forum.   All these individuals make up the Committee on Membership for the CSA and have worked diligently to ensure that the CSA provides the most value we can for our members.

Robin Seaberg, MD, has served as the Director, District 1 and is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at UCSD.  Dr. Seaberg has been an active member of the board and has made great strides in boosting CSA leadership participation in her San Diego district. We can always count on her to provide thoughtful insights on solutions to problems that we have faced as an organization.

Henry J. Gonzalez, MD, has served as Director, District 2 and is part of the Allied Anesthesia Group in Upland, California. Dr. Gonzalez serves on the Communications Committee, Legislative Affairs, and Bylaws.  I have always found that he seeks understanding for the group to have vision into any unintended consequences of our decisions.

Christopher Tirce, MD, has served as Director, District 3 and is currently the Chair of Anesthesiology at Huntington Memorial in Pasadena.  Dr. Tirce will continue as the Chair of the Practice Management Committee and has sought to re-invigorate our educational programs around practice management and provide more resources on our website. 

John G. Brock-Utne, MD, PhD, has served as Director, District 4.  Dr. Brocke-Utne has been most active as part of our Educational Programs Division and has been a force in promoting and participating in the production of our Annual Meeting for years.  He likely has the record for most district meetings of any director and brings a passion that we all admire.

Kamran Husain, MD, MBA, has served as Director, District 5 and is a pediatric anesthesiologist at Valley Children’s Healthcare.  Dr. Husain is an active participant in finance and administration and makes himself available to volunteer his time for any needed assignment. 

Lee-lynn Chen, MD, has served as Director, District 6 and is a Professor of Anesthesia at UCSF.  He has been a long-time active member of the Educational Programs Division in addition to many other CSA commitments.  Dr. Chen has been active in promoting research and education on ERAS and is nationally recognized in this area in helping to promote the Perioperative Surgical Home.

Gerard Dang, MD, has served as Director, District 7 and practices at Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente in northern California.  Dr. Dang has helped to bring renewal to a small group devoted to maintaining the legacy of the history of anesthesia in California and is an active member of several CSA committees.  He has shown a commitment to the CSA and our specialty as a forthright member of our board.

Jeffrey Uppington, MBBS, has served as Director, District 8 and practices at UC Davis as a Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, Director of the Division of Perioperative Medicine and is the Chief of Staff.  Dr. Uppington is an active member of Legislative Affairs and the Educational Programs Division.  I have the honor of knowing him since I was a resident and have worked with him both clinically and through organized medicine.  He has provided sage advice as a board member with his wealth of experience.

Jan Hirsch, MD, has served as Director, District 9 and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesia at UCSF and is part of the Anesthesiology Consultants of Marin.  Dr. Hirsch has been reliably able to bring forth innovative ideas to the CSA as a board member.

Zohair Hussain, MD, has served as Director, District 10 and practices anesthesiology at Cottage Health.  I had the pleasure of working with Zohair during his residency at UCLA, and he has contributed to our board with a steady and optimistic view of the issues facing our specialty.  Dr. Hussain brings a positive attitude forward during times of conflict and challenge.

Antonio Conte, MD, MBA, has served as Director, District 11 and is a member of Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.  We were lucky to have him move to California from Florida as a cardiac anesthesiologist. Dr. Conte now Chairs the Legislative Affairs Committee and has a strong penchant for advocacy that he has and will continue to contribute to the CSA.

Jennifer E. Engstrom, MD, has served as Director, District 12 and is a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist at Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Long Beach.  Dr. Engstrom first came to California as a medical student on rotation at UCLA and stayed on for her residency and fellowship at CHLA, and we are lucky to have kept her in the state as a CSA leader.   

Shalini Shah, MD, has served as Director, District 13 and is the Director of Pain Management and Vice-Chair in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of California, Irvine.  Dr. Shah will continue to serve as the Chair of the CSA Pain Medicine Committee.  She has contributed extensively to our pain guidelines and our educational programs.

Jeffrey M. Rusheen, MD, has served as Director, District 14 and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Olive View – UCLA Medical Center.  Dr. Rusheen has participated in multiple CSA committees and has particularly been helpful with healthcare policy and procedural issues relevant to the practice of anesthesiology.  He also provides thoughtful insights related to the promotion of patient safety.

Murad Arif, MD, has served as Director, District 15, our resident district, and will soon be starting a pain fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Arif has worked closely with CSA’s President Emeritus Dr. Mark Singleton to increase CSA’s resident engagement efforts and has been a strong advocate for his co-residents on our board of directors.

I am so grateful for all you have done as a group and for your generous service.  A heartfelt thank you for all that you’ve done.  I know that our members are appreciative for all you’ve done on their behalf.

CSA District Directors

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