ASRA Leaders Share Memories

Aug 18, 2015

In honor of ASRA's 40th Anniversary, we asked founding fathers and former leaders to share their memories of the organization's early days, changes in the field of regional anesthesia and pain medicine, and other perspectives on their careers.

Founding Father Dr. P. Prithvi Raj

Founding Father Dr. L. Donald Bridenbaugh, Jr.

Dr. Michael Stanton-Hicks, president from 1989-1990

Dr. Gale Thompson, president of ASRA from 1992-1993

Dr. Denise J. Wedel, president from 1997-1998

Dr. Brendan Finucane, president from 1998-1999

Dr. Stephen E. Abram, president from 1993-1994

Dr. Mark Lema, president from 2004-2005

Dr. Richard Rosenquist, president from 2005-2007

Dr. Vincent Chan, president from 2009-2011


Founding Father Dr. P. Prithvi Raj talks about the importance of regional anesthesia and pain medicine, his biggest mentor, and why ASRA needed to be created in 1975.


Founding Father Dr. L. Donald Bridenbaugh, Jr., shares memories of his early days of military service, the vision for ASRA, and his favorite block.


Michael Stanton-Hicks, MD, was the sixth president of ASRA, from 1989-1990, and here he talks about the excitement and fun of early days of the organization.


Dr. Gale Thompson, president of ASRA from 1992-1993, shares his thoughts on the field and some advice for those starting out in regional anesthesia.


Dr. Denise J. Wedel, president from 1997-1998, talks about being the first female president of ASRA and the organization's legacy.


Dr. Brendan Finucane, president from 1998-1999, shares memories of early days of learning and the impact of ASRA on the field.


Dr. Stephen E. Abram, president from 1993-1994, discusses when pain medicine became a prominent part of ASRA, as well as the three words he most associates with ASRA.


Mark Lema, MD, president from 2004-2005, reflects on a very short presidency and also recalls the early days of developing an annual fall pain medicine meeting.


Richard Rosenquist, MD, president from 2005-2007, talks about many of ASRA's accomplishments and his own personal rewards associated with his time as president.


Vincent Chan, MD, FRCPC, FRCA, reminisces about challenges, mentors, and legacies.

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