On behalf of the Pediatric Anesthesiology Foundation, we are thrilled to welcome you to Anaheim, California for the 57th Clinical Conference in Pediatric Anesthesiology.   We are happy to be back at Disneyland for another year.  While amusement parks are a huge draw, we hope that the lectures we have chosen for this year are equally exciting.  Listening to you as the audience influences our topic selections and we try to play off of the strengths of our speakers.  We are confident that we have a great program this year.

Given our experience over the past several years, we have shortened the number of talks throughout each section in an effort to engage and interact more with the audience.  On Friday, we will adjourn in time to watch the Disneyland fireworks. 

To start, we would like to thank our returning speakers who have been so supportive of this conference over the years.  Dr. Todd Kilbaugh will be back to talk about sepsis and traumatic brain injury.  Dr. Jerry Lerman will be back to talk about fires in the operating room and direct laryngoscopy.  Dr. Tiffany Frazee returns to the meeting this year as an external speaker as she has taken a position with Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital.  It is wonderful to welcome her back. 

We would next like to introduce you to new speakers joining us for the first time at our Clinical Conference. Dr.  Annery Garcia-Marcinkiewicz and Dr. Justin Lockman join us from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Sapna Kudchadkar will join us from the John Hopkins Hospital.  Dr. Eveline Shue is one of our pediatric surgeons at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  Finally, Sonya Erickson, managing partner at Cooley LLP, will join us to present the topic of  “Breaking Through Cultural Inertia to Achieve Gender Equity”. 

Saturday morning will start with a quick primer on social media by Dr. Branden Engorn to get us all live-tweeting the meeting with conference hashtag #PAF57. 

Our honored Digby Leigh Speaker this year is our own Dr. Randall Wetzel.  He will be speaking to us regarding “Are Anesthesiologists Ready for Artificial Intelligence?”  After 17 years,  Dr. Wetzel stepped down as the Department Chair of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in September 2018.  We owe him a tremendous debt from our department and from the field of pediatric anesthesiology as well.  Introducing Dr. Wetzel on Saturday afternoon is our now current Department Chair, Dr. Barry Markovitz. 

We are honored to Co-Chair this meeting and we want to recognize that we wouldn’t be able to do this without the help of Rosie Zesati, MAM.  Please thank her when you get a chance.  We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Rebecca Margolis, DO and Patrick Ross, MD
Program Co-Chairs