2018 STA Board of Directors - Election Voting
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President-Elect (Vote to Approve)

Brian Rothman, MD

Dr. Rothman is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Surgery, and Biomedical Informatics, Medical Director of Perioperative Informatics, and Director in the Office of the Chief Health Information Office at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati and completed his residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has been an active member of the STA since 2008, and he is currently serving as Immediate Past President on the STA Board of Directors. In 2010, Dr. Rothman received the STA Innovation Award in the Computers in Anesthesia Engineering competition and the STA Clinical Application of Technology Award for his success in utilizing an iPhone as a mobile perioperative situational awareness device.

Dr. Rothman serves as the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Committee for Electronic Media and Information Technology Chairperson and recently concluded committee chair roles with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society he has held since 2013.

His current work in the area of medical technology and informatics focuses on further enhancing Vanderbilt’s EHR and developing innovative tools for clinicians. He leads teams charged with developing enhancements to directly improve patient safety, increase efficiency, and facilitate timely communication through the accurate acquisition, handling, and delivery of data to healthcare personnel. His current focus includes leading his informatics teams to implement Epic at Vanderbilt and will be heavily involved in further system enhancements after the initial implementation.

Dr. Rothman’s interest in returning as President-Elect in 2018 is to continue to build on the successes of previous years and further foster STA’s mission to promote the application of technology through education, research, and collaboration with industry partners and other organizations that align with STA’s mission.


Secretary (Vote One of Two)

Robert Freundlich, MD, MS

Dr. Freundlich is a practicing Anesthesiologist, Intensivist, and Clinical Informatician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In addition to his clinical responsibilities in the operating room and cardiovascular intensive care unit, he is an active member of the Vanderbilt Anesthesiology and Perioperative Informatics Research (VAPIR) Division, working on a variety of research and quality improvement projects in the perioperative domain.

He is active on several national committees and panels related to his academic interests, including the ASA Subcommittee on Outcomes and Database Research, the IARS Session Proposal Review Panel (STA nominee), and the Early-Stage Anesthesiology Scholars.

He has served as an abstract reviewer for the ASA and AMIA meetings for the past several years. He is also an active reviewer for a number of perioperative journals, including Anesthesia and Analgesia and Anesthesiology. He is board certified in anesthesiology, critical care, basic transesophageal echocardiography, and is in the process of obtaining board certification in clinical informatics.


Norma Sandrock, MD
Dr. Sandrock has been a member of the STA since 2009, drawn to the Society by her engineering past and love for all things and people technical and innovative. She has enjoyed teaching the “Challenges and Opportunities in Developing Anesthesia Products” course at the Annual Meeting for the last eight years and loves the opportunity to educate STA’s industry friends about the daily life of a clinician and the challenges faced that present opportunities for innovation.

She is happy to have the opportunity for more involvement with the Society and the opportunity for a greater contribution. Her educational and training background is: BSChE from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, MD from Harvard Medical School, internship in Internal Medicine at New England Deaconess Hospital and residency in Anesthesiology/Fellowship in Pain Management at Beth Israel Hospital. She is currently on the attending staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA.


At Large International Director (Vote to Approve)

Thomas Hemmerling, MD, MSc, DEAA

Dr. Hemmerling is an Associate Professor in anesthesia and the Director of ITAG laboratory at McGill University. He is also the Chief and Directors of Anesthesia at Ahuntsic Health Centre and acts as Chair of the STA Research Committee.

Another year in an evolving theatre of scientific and clinical challenges has passed by; we all know that it has become increasingly difficult to do research, to practice our specialty using the highest standards and best and most modern equipment. I have been fortunate to participate in some of the solutions, which have been found for some of these challenges within the leadership of the STA, being as well the Chairman of the Research Committee.

The main achievements this past year were the establishment of a junior research grant, as well as attracting an increased number of visitors and participants from abroad.

As At Large International Director, my main focus this coming year shall be to further establish bridges with other similar-minded societies of the world, create specific initiatives to make the STA more known internationally, attract more prospective members and meeting participants from all over the world with a special focus on junior international staff.

As in the past, being based in Canada – close to the border – but with a European background, I will try to continue to bridge and establish connections between the STA and other countries. Allow me to continue on this path.


At Large Industry Director (Vote One of Three)

Steven Barker, MD, PhD

Dr. Barker received his B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 1967, his PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1972, and his MD from the University of Miami in 1981. He has reached the rank of tenured professor in both engineering (UCLA) and anesthesiology (UC Irvine, University of Arizona). He chaired the Department of Anesthesiology at UC Irvine from 1990 to 1995, and then at the University of Arizona from 1995 to 2013. He has published over 200 scholarly works, including 15 textbook chapters. Dr. Barker has served as president of the national organization of anesthesiology department chairs (AAPD) and of the STA, senior oral examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology, and Section Editor for Technology for the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia. 

During his 18-year tenure as anesthesiology chair at the University of Arizona, Dr. Barker was active in a number of governance roles outside of his department.  He was Chair of the Council of Clinical Department Heads from 2000 through 2003, and then chair of the clinical department heads working group. He served seven years as the American Society of Anesthesiologists Director for Academic Anesthesiology, representing all university anesthesiology departments at the ASA. Dr. Barker has been a productive academician, and has also participated actively in governance and administration at local, state, and national levels. He is now Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Arizona. 

Dr. Barker has been involved with Masimo Corporation, a world leader in medical technology, since its beginnings in 1990. He now serves as Masimo’s Chief Science Officer and member of the Board of Directors. His Masimo activities allow Dr. Barker to combine his engineering and medical backgrounds to advance patient care and safety through improved technology. Dr. Barker is also actively involved with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF), and serves on its Board of Directors. 

In November 2015, Dr. Barker received the Lifetime Achievement Award from IAMPOV (Innovations and Applications of Monitoring Perfusion, Oxygenation, and Ventilation), “for championing the development of vitally important monitoring technologies and associated testing.”  In January 2016, he received the J.S. Gravenstein Award from the STA, “for his visionary understanding of the role of technology in anesthesia care and lifetime commitment to patient safety.” In April 2016, he received the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from Harvey Mudd College. 


David Giarracco
Mr. Giarracco is currently the Vice President of Global Market Development for the $1.6B Respiratory Monitoring & Solutions business of Medtronic.

In this role, he leads the efforts to accelerate the adoption of Medtronic technologies for addressing deep vein thrombosis, nutritional insufficiency and respiratory compromise around the globe. Dave and his global teams work customers and cross functionally to raise awareness of these conditions and the impact they have on healthcare, generate evidence, and develop services to enable our healthcare partners in addressing them.

He has worked in medical device industry for over twenty years holding leadership roles in engineering, operations, sales/marketing and business acquisitions/ divestitures across the entire care continuum from home to emergency medical serves through hospital and long-term care.

He holds a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, as well as Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.


Siddarth Satish, BS, MS
Mr. Satish is the Chief Executive Officer of Gauss Surgical. He founded the company in 2011 and served as its Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of the Board until 2015.

He has over 10 years of experience in computer-aided modeling of biological systems and managed the development of the company's core technology from invention through six US/EU regulatory approvals, including FDA De Novo clearance and CE mark.

In his operating roles, he has raised $25 million in venture capital and led the company's early commercial and strategic market development activities. From 2011 to 2013, Siddarth served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at StartX, Stanford University's Startup Accelerator. Prior to founding Gauss, Siddarth held a SIMdesign fellow in the Department of Surgery at Stanford University, and worked on computer-aided molecular modeling research at Gilead Sciences and UC Berkeley.

Siddarth holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MS in Bioengineering from the UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering. He holds over 25 issued or pending patents in the fields of mobile vision and medical devices, and serves on the boards of Gauss Surgical and Verteco Energy.