2020 STA Board of Directors - Election Voting

President-Elect (Vote to Approve)

​​Maxime Cannesson, MD, PhD

Dr. Cannesson has been serving the Society as the Section Editor for Anesthesia & Analgesia since 2012 and previously as the International Board Member. He has more than 15 years of experience in academic medicine, leadership, education, research, quality, and technology development, working collaboratively within and among various countries, departments, academic institutions, and industry. His approach to medicine and academia is reflective of his diverse training and work experience. Dr. Cannesson’s overarching goal is to leverage health-informatics, artificial intelligence solutions, telemedicine, and autonomous systems to improve patient outcome and experience, and lead the way in digital health, data sciences, and computational medicine while rechanneling physician focus away from computers toward a more humanistic medicine. Because these approaches are likely to disrupt the current practice of anesthesiologists, his goal is to expand the scope of anesthesiology to the perioperative setting through new multidisciplinary care delivery models such as Enhanced Surgical Recovery programs.


As President-Elect for the Society for Technology in Anesthesia, Dr. Cannesson’s goal is to serve the mission by promoting education and research, collaborating with local, national, and international organizations, sponsoring meetings and exhibitions, awarding grants, fostering diversity, and recognizing achievement. He will bring his expertise and a leadership style that is committed to broad consultation, integrity, diversity and inclusion to the President-Elect position.

Treasurer (Vote for One of Two)

Allan Simpao, MD, MBI

Dr. Allan Simpao has been an active STA member for nearly a decade.  He has worked hard as the current STA Treasurer to increase member recruitment and engagement and ensure that STA is fiscally sound and in a strong position to support the Society’s growth.  He served as the Program Chair of the STA 2015 Annual Meeting and has been a faculty member on multiple STA Engineering Challenge teams, as well as a moderator and mentor for STA research presentations.  


As a pediatric anesthesiologist and clinical informatician at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Dr. Simpao has a strong track record of innovation and research.  He has led projects that have utilized visual analytics and machine learning models to derive meaningful insights and predict outcomes using large health care data sets. 


Dr. Simpao is the Co-Director of the Biomedical Informatics Program within the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, the first pediatric anesthesia informatics research group in the United States that consists of a team of anesthesiologist-informaticians, PhD informatics and analytics researchers, data and computer scientists, biostatisticians and research support personnel. 


In summary, Dr. Simpao has a long track record of service to STA and experience as STA Treasurer and Board Member. He hopes to continue his service to the membership and help lead STA’s growth into the future. 


​Zachary Turnbull, MD, MBA/MS

Dr. Turnbull did his undergraduate work at Yale University and subsequent medical training at Weill Cornell Medical College. He became a resident in anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medicine and was elected to be Chief Resident in his final year. Dr. Turnbull continued on at Cornell, doing a unique combination fellowship of regional anesthesia and informatics research. With the fellowship, he has expanded his clinical reach beyond acute pain and regional anesthesia to become a member of the liver transplantation service and bariatric service. In Dr. Turnbull’s non-clinical time, he directs the Center for Perioperative Outcomes to accomplish many departmental items, ranging from billing compliance to enhancing the educational mission of the department, leveraging technology to streamline systems, algorithms, and improving the quality of care that is delivered at New York-Presbyterian. Dr. Turnbull has recently completed a dual degree MBA/MS in healthcare leadership, and he looks forward to putting that education to work for the STA.

Secretary (Vote to Approve)

​Patrick McCormick, MD, MEng 

Dr. McCormick is a neuroanesthesiologist and the Vice Chair for Informatics in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He earned a computer science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked as a software engineer at a successful startup company before pursuing a medical career. Dr. McCormick is board certified in anesthesiology and clinical informatics. He is also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. McCormick has successfully completed several projects to reduce barriers to perioperative care through improved workflow, processes, and system integration.


Dr. McCormick’s current research includes a Multicenter Perioperative Outcomes Group project examining the effects of ventilation parameters on postoperative outcomes. Nationally he serves as Chair of the Data Use Committee of the Anesthesia Quality Institute. He is a member of several other AQI committees and the ASA Committee on Quality Management & Departmental Administration. He is a leader of the Anesthesia Clinical Reference Group at SNOMED International, the foremost international healthcare terminology organization.


Dr. McCormick has just completed his term as At-Large Director for the Society of Technology in Anesthesia. Previously, Patrick was the STA 2016 Annual Meeting Program Co-Chair with Jorge Gálvez. He is very excited about the future of STA and would be honored to serve as Secretary.

At Large Director (Vote for One of Six)

​Christopher Connor, MD, PhD

By profession, Dr. Connor was first a biomedical engineer and a researcher at MIT. He is now an Assistant Professor of Anaesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and also an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. He is particularly known for his work on machine learning, applied first to the recognition and prediction of the difficult airway based on machine learning from patient photographs, and now applied to his NIH-funded basic science work on the neuronal activity of C.elegans under anesthesia. His professional interests are strongly aligned with the mission of the STA.


This year, he published a review article in Anesthesiology entitled “Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Anesthesiology.” At the STA conference in Scottsdale this year, he led his team of categorical interns in developing a quantum computing algorithm for anesthesia scheduling, and presented the first unified volatile and intravenous anesthesia simulator for the iPad. Dr. Connor is seeking appointment to the BOD of STA because we are entering an era in which machine learning and artificial intelligence are going to become increasingly central to the development of our specialty. Dr. Connor is directly involved with this change and is capable of helping STA benefit from it.


Jorge Galvez, MD, MBI

Dr. Jorge Galvez has been a proud and active STA member since 2011. He served as Co-Chair of the STA 2016 Meeting, has led multiple winning STA Engineering Challenge teams, and has served as a moderator and speaker at several meetings. His dedication to STA is genuine and unwavering. Dr. Galvez is an accomplished anesthesiologist and informatician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he is Co-Director of the Biomedical Informatics Program. He is an Associate Editor of Anesthesiology, Chair of the Biomedical Informatics Special Interest Group in the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, and Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC).


Dr. Galvez has dedicated his career to improving patient care through innovation and technology. He has used visual analytics to guide transfusion practices, pioneered 3D printing for pediatric airways and transplants, developed an internationally adopted pediatric anesthesia crisis app, and machine learning to pediatric perioperative data in novel ways. Dr. Galvez's history of creative, outside-the-box thinking and his passion for STA will benefit STA immensely. Thank you for considering Dr. Galvez for the position of At Large Director.


​Julian Goldman, MD

Dr. Goldman is an anesthesiologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, the Medical Director of Biomedical Engineering for the Partners HealthCare System, and Director of the Program on Medical Device Interoperability and Cybersecurity (MD PnP) at MGH. He received clinical anesthesia and medical device informatics training (AI applications for medical monitoring) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and is Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Clinical Informatics. He is a founding and lifetime member of STA.


Dr. Goldman served as a principal anesthesiologist in the MGH "OR of the Future," a multi-specialty operating room that served as a clinical testbed for diverse technologies and clinical practices. In his role as Medical Director of Partners BME, Dr. Goldman bridges clinical and technical perspectives to support the strategic procurement and safe implementation of medical technology. In 2004 Dr. Goldman founded the MD PnP research program to improve patient safety by leveraging interoperability to accelerate innovation. The MD PnP team includes biomedical engineers, computer scientists, clinicians, technologists, and experts in regulation and patient safety. The program, like STA, leverages close working relationships with industry, academia, standards development organizations, and the FDA to facilitate the development and adoption of innovative technologies. Many of the program’s research results and activities have been shared at STA annual meetings.


Dr. Goldman was a Visiting Scholar in the FDA Medical Device Fellowship Program and a chief medical officer of a medical device company. He serves in leadership roles in medical device standardization committees, including AAMI, ISO, and IEC, and is an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare. He has also served on FCC, NSF, CDC, FDA and VA committees. Dr. Goldman's awards include the AAMI Foundation/Institute for Technology in Health Care Clinical Application Award, the International Council on Systems Engineering Pioneer Award, two American College of Clinical Engineering awards, STA best poster award, and appointment as an IEEE EMBS Distinguished Lecturer.


​Daniel Katz, MD

Dr. Katz is the Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Anesthesiology, Pain, & Perioperative Medicine at Mount Sinai. In addition to overseeing the departmental educational initiatives, he is also the Director of Education for the Mount Sinai HELPS Simulation Center, one of the busiest centers in the country. His areas of expertise and research include high fidelity human simulation as well as developing educational programs in virtual environments. He has developed and launched two screen based serious games, sits on the ASA ICE (Interactive Computer Environments) Editorial board for the ASA, and is currently co-developing and validating several VR and AR educational tools. Dr. Katz firmly believes in the integration of these emerging technologies into both the practice of anesthesiology as well as the education of faculty and residents alike.



​Jack Neil, MD

Dr. Neil is CEO/Founder of Hank AI, Inc and Chief Technology Officer of MedStream Anesthesia. He has been a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology's Electronic Media and Information Technology Committee since 2017, as well as a founding member of the ASA’s working group on artificial intelligence. A physician and application developer by training, his passions lie at the intersect of healthcare and technology. He is an active member of the AIMed community and has spoken extensively on the topic of artificial intelligence in healthcare. He has written blockchain health record distributed applications (mymed.udifi.com), medical-device compliance reporting smart-contracts (silono.com), acoustic detection and classification neural networks (aud.ai), nursery smart-monitors with on-board cry detection and correction (babifi.com), anesthesia information management systems (Neptune), autonomous cryptocurrency trading bots (Cryptifi), remote video-surveillance and trapping systems (HogNet), and web applications (Carousel USA; ClassicCamo) to name a few. He is a contributor to numerous machine learning and blockchain libraries on GitHub and has filed patents in the fields of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and secure medical device communication utilizing blockchain.


Dr. Neil graduated high school at the age of 16 and earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of South Carolina at the age of 19. He worked for a year as a Systems Architect at Premier Environmental Solutions where he developed applications to unify CRM, billing, and asset tracking and surveillance. He received his Medical Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2009. He completed one year of pediatric residency at Palmetto Health in Columbia, SC followed by a year of surgery residency at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at the Medical College of Georgia, followed by a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at the University of Michigan. He is board certified in Anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology. In his post-training years, he has held technology positions at Blue9 Systems and MedStream Anesthesia. He still actively practices anesthesiology one day per week. He is married to his lovely wife Kristen (a pediatrician) and they have an awesome 2 year old son, Hank. In addition to his primary focus on Hank AI, he is currently involved in Zather Inc (zather.ai) - a crowdsourced machine learning training data marketplace; and udifi Inc (udifi.com) - a project company.


​John Pearson, MD

Dr. John F. Pearson is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Co-Founder of SPRYTHM LLC, a digital health startup. Dr. Pearson specializes in the use of digital health tools in the peri-operative environment, and recently completed a randomized clinical trial on the use of gamification to improve adherence to incentive spirometry. In addition to digital health, Dr. Pearson also conducts research on the influence of geography on clinical outcomes, work which has been featured in the New York Times. Dr. Pearson recently completed an ACGME Accredited Clinical Informatics Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, where his work was supported by an Innovation Award from BIDMC. In addition to informatics, Dr. Pearson completed Anesthesiology training at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in 2017 and his medical school at St. George's University School of Medicine, where he graduated with distinction in research. Dr.  Pearson has been an active member of STA since joining during his residency, and he has been Chair of the Digital and Social Media Committee since 2017.

At Large International Director (Vote to Approve)

Matthias Gorges, PhD

Dr. Gorges received his MSc in biomedical engineering from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany (2005) and his PhD in bioengineering from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA (2010).


He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Electrical and Computer Engineering in Medicine group, at BC Children’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. He became an Assistant Professor (Partner) in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics at UBC in 2016. Dr Görges is a biomedical engineer with extensive clinical research experience. He conducts research with an inter-disciplinary team focusing on the development and application of new technologies in anesthesia and intensive care. He is a Scientist at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute where he co-founded the Digital Health Innovation Lab and co-leads the Clinical & Community Data, Analytics & Informatics group.



Dr. Görges has attended every STA Annual Meeting since 2010, which he enjoys for opportunities to network, discuss new research ideas, and receive feedback from leaders in both engineering and perioperative medicine. He is the current At-Large International Director and would be honored to continue to serve on the STA Board while also serving as co-chair for the 2021 STA meeting.

At Large Industry Director (Vote for One of Two)

Justin Adams, BSEE, MBA

Justin Adams is the Chief Executive Officer of AlertWatch, Inc. He was recruited as a co-founder in 2012 when AlertWatch was incorporated as a University of Michigan start-up. He has overseen all facets of the firm, including the commercialization of AlertWatch:OR and AlertWatch:OB; having received three FDA 510(k)-clearances for these real-time patient monitoring solutions.  Justin coauthored two design patents involving the innovative AlertWatch display, and he continues to code in Objective-C and Swift for fun.


Justin worked in the automotive industry, investment banking, venture capital, and ran several firms as interim CEO, helping oversee R&D efforts and operational turnarounds, before joining AlertWatch. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the Ross School of Business. Justin looks forward to working with the STA Board by bringing new ideas and energy that will strengthen its role as the premiere organization supporting anesthesia’s critical role in innovation. In particular, he will work to increase corporate engagement to ensure STA’s long-term financial stability.


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.