2022 STA Board of Directors - Election Voting


President-Elect (Vote to Approve)

Jonathan Wanderer, MD, MPhil, FASA

Dr. Jonathan Wanderer is an Associate Professor for Biomedical Informatics and Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University, and has been an active and engaged STA supporter since 2012. He currently serves on the Board as a Director At-Large and was Meeting Chair for the 2016 Annual STA Meeting. In addition, he has been an enthusiastic participant in presenting research results at STA, previously winning the Top 5 Abstract award as an anesthesia resident. He has contributed to multiple STA meetings in the past, having given 4 panel presentations and hosting 1 workshop.

Dr. Wanderer's research interests largely revolve around clinical informatics and improving the usage of technology as applied to anesthesia and more broadly in the perioperative space. In addition to service at STA, he has served on the Anesthesia Quality Institute’s Data Definitions, Data Use and Registry Operations Committees. He is a member on Epic’s Anesthesiology Specialty Steering Board and leads adult representation of the mobile application group. At Vanderbilt, he is the Medical Director for Perioperative Informatics, Associate Fellowship Director for the Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program, and co-course director for the Foundations of Clinical Informatics in the Masters of Applied Clinical Informatics Program.

Dr. Wanderer will help foster STA's mission in promoting technology through education, research and continuing STA's collaboration with industry. He looks forward to continuing to serve his favorite anesthesia society.

At Large International Director (Vote to Approve)

​Clyde Matava, MD

Dr. Clyde Matava is a Staff Anesthesiologist at SickKids and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. He is the Associate Chief of Perioperative Services for Bioinformatics and the Director of Anesthesia Informatics, Innovation and Technology in the Department of Anesthesia at SickKids.

Dr. Matava has created and designed several apps, won several teaching and innovation awards. His current work focuses on the use of 3D printing, Virtual Reality, and machine learning to improve outcomes in medical education and patient care. He is also co-director of the SickKids’ and University of Toronto’s VR lab - CHISIL that is researching the use of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality in medicine.  His clinical interests include airway management and regional anesthesia. He is currently the Past President of the Canadian Pediatric Anesthesia Society and has served on the STA Board. He looks forward to continued contributions to the STA in the post-COVID era.

At Large Industry Director (Vote to Approve)

Justin Adams, BSEE, MBA

Justin Adams is the Chief Executive Officer of AlertWatch, Inc. He has overseen all facets of the firm, including the commercialization of its FDA 510(k)-cleared AlertWatch:OR, AlertWatch:OB and AlertWatch:AC monitoring solutions. Justin co-authored two design patents involving the innovative AlertWatch display, and he continues to code in Objective-C and Swift for fun.

Prior to joining AlertWatch, Justin worked in the automotive industry, investment banking, venture capital, and ran several firms as interim CEO, helping oversee R&D efforts and operational turn-arounds. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the Ross School of Business.

Justin has enjoyed collaborating on the STA Board over the last year, and he looks forward to helping STA carry out a second successful Virtual Annual Meeting in early 2022. He will focus on strengthening STA’s role as the premiere organization supporting anesthesia’s critical role in healthcare innovation.

At Large Director (Vote for One)

Christopher Connor, MD, PhD

Dr. Christopher Connor is Assistant Professor of anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and also Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. He completed his PhD in Medical Engineering at MIT and his MD at Harvard Medical School. This year, he will be appointed to two national ASA Committees: the Committee on Informatics and Information Technologies, and the Committee on Equipment and Facilities. His professional interests are strongly aligned with the mission of the STA.

Chris is particularly known for his work on machine learning and its application to patient monitoring. He wrote the chapters on anesthesia monitoring equipment for the 7th and 8th editions of Barash’s Clinical Anesthesia, and the chapters on electrical safety for the 1st and 2nd editions of Clinical Anesthesia Fundamentals. In 2019, he published the Anesthesiology review article “Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Anesthesiology.” In this last year, he published the A&A article “A Forensic Disassembly of the BIS Monitor”: a detailed examination of the design of the device, including the extraction and examination of its internal software. A follow-up article “Emulation of the BIS Engine” in JCMC demonstrates the execution of the BIS software on any modern computer, allowing the algorithm to be applied to any EEG signal.

He is seeking appointment to the Board of Directors of STA because we are entering an era in which attaining professional mastery and control of machine learning and artificial intelligence will become increasingly central to the development of our specialty. Chris is directly involved with this change, and is capable of helping STA benefit from it.

Talmage Egan, MD

Dr. Talmage Egan completed his undergraduate education at Brigham Young University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in the humanities. He attended medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha academic honor society. After completing a preliminary general surgery residency at the University of Utah, Dr. Egan sought postgraduate training in anesthesiology which he began at the University of Utah and completed at Stanford University. Following residency he pursued fellowship training in clinical pharmacology also at Stanford. More recently, he also completed intensive physician executive training at the Harvard School of Public Health and a sabbatical as a visiting scientist at the Imperial College in London.

Dr. Egan is currently staff physician and chair at the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. His clinical practice focuses on neurosurgery and obstetric patients. He is Past President of the Medical Staff and Chairman of the Medical Board, and served for over a decade as the Chief of Neuroanesthesia.

Dr. Egan's research interests include the clinical pharmacology of sedatives and analgesics, the development of novel intravenous anesthetics and alternative propofol formulations, the development of optimal drug administration regimens based on pharmacokinetic- pharmacodynamic concepts, the identification of factors (i.e., gender, body weight, shock, SNPs, etc.) that influence drug behavior, and computer controlled drug delivery technology. These interests have resulted in successful entrepreneurial ventures, patents and trademarks. Dr. Egan is internationally regarded as a pioneer in the development of total intravenous anesthesia techniques, particularly the clinical application of the short acting opioid remifentanil, and the characterization of the interaction between propofol and opioids. His publications have been accompanied by numerous editorials and have been featured as cover stories in leading, peer-reviewed anesthesiology journals. Dr. Egan has mentored over 20 junior faculty and graduate students, many of whom have emerged as independent investigators.

Dr. Egan served for many years as a Board Member, Treasurer, and President of the International Society for Anaesthetic Pharmacology (ISAP). Currently an Associate Editor for the British Journal of Anaesthesia, he has also served as Associate Editor for Anesthesiology and guest reviewer for numerous other pharmacology, anesthesia and bioengineering journals. For many years Dr. Egan was a member and Chair of the American Society of Anesthesiology Subcommittee on Drug Disposition. He has published a well-received anesthesia pharmacology and physiology textbook (now in its 2nd edition) with Elsevier (Pharmacology and Physiology for Anesthesia: Foundations and Clinical Application) as co-editor.

Dr. Egan was the inaugural recipient of the International Anesthesia Research Society’s (IARS) Teaching Recognition Award. He is holder of the K.C. Wong Presidential Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology at the University of Utah. Dr. Egan has lectured extensively in the United States and internationally, including numerous honorary and keynote lectures at major universities and international anesthesiology societies. In 2016, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from ISAP.

His personal life is devoted to his wife of 36 years and their five children. He is fond of saying that his family is the most important element of his CV! Dr. Egan enjoys coaching basketball (two time Utah State AAU Boys Champions!), karaoke, snow skiing, bass guitar, English literature and Japanese conversation.

Ori Gottlieb, MD

Dr. Ori Gottlieb is a lifetime member of STA and appreciates its mission to bring technology, in all of its forms, together with medicine to further patient care. Beyond that, he values the relationships he has developed with others in STA as he seems to gel on similar frequencies. He is board certified in Anesthesiology as well as Biomedical Informatics at the University of Chicago and has thrived in the learning and teaching environments that STA has afforded its members. Nothing would please him more than to serve on the Board and further its mission. He says, "let’s advance technology through education and innovation together." 

Vitaly Herasevich, MD, PhD

Dr. Vitaly Herasevich is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Division of Critical Care, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. He has been involved in medical informatics for over 20 years, with a specific concentration on applied clinical informatics in critical care and perioperative environment.

Dr. Herasevich codirects the Clinical Informatics in Intensive Care laboratory that works to decrease complications and improve outcomes for critically ill patients through applied clinical informatics and quality improvement. He is interested in studying and developing clinical syndromic surveillance alerting systems (“sniffers”), clinical data visualization (novel patient-centered EMR), and health care predictive and prescriptive ambient intelligence. He is co-inventor of a number of technologies including the AWARE platform. Dr. Herasevich has coauthored over 100 articles and the book, Health Information Evaluation Handbook. He is Fellow of Society of Critical Care Medicine and American Medical Informatics Association active within professional societies and served SCCM Tele-ICU committee as chair. Dr. Herasevich is also part-time CMIO of Ambient Clinical Analytics (ambientclinical.com). More information can be found at his Mayo Clinic profile web page.

Ira Hofer, MD

Dr. Ira Hofer is an Associate Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Hofer did his medical school and residency at the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where he was introduced to the STA by his mentor, Dr. David Reich. In 2013, he joined the faculty at UCLA and was the founder and first director of the Division of Bioinformatics and Analytics in the Anesthesia Department. Over the course of 8 years, he grew the group to take on responsibility for all OR and ED reporting throughout the hospital. Along the way, he developed a software platform that facilitates extracting data from EPIC which he subsequently spun out into a successful startup.

Dr. Hofer’s research interests include clinical decision support, big data analytics and machine learning, and perioperative risk stratification. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of A&A’s section on Technology, Computing and Simulation and has a K01 award from the NIH on using machine learning to predict perioperative cardiorespiratory instability.

Ira has been a member of the STA since 2008 and served as the Abstract Co-Chair for the 2020 Annual Meeting and Meeting Co-Chair for the last year’s Annual Meeting. He has always found the STA a wonderful and friendly place for mentorship and learning. He is particularly passionate about the STA’s mission of promoting academic and industry collaborations as he believes they are crucial to successfully changing healthcare for the better. As a member of the Board of Directors he plans to focus on increasing engagement with new (especially younger) members by promoting avenues for networking and mentorship, as well as fostering opportunities for industry and academic collaborations.

Matthew Levin, MD

Dr. Levin is a cardiac anesthesiologist and the Director of Research Informatics in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. He earned an electrical engineering and computer science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked in the software industry before pursuing a medical career. Dr. Levin is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Clinical Informatics. He is also an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Genetics and Genomic Sciences. Dr. Levin’s research includes the generation of machine learning patient prediction models using input from the perioperative and genetic areas of the medical record, perioperative physiology and outcomes, and using open-source design and technologies to improve clinical interfaces and patient care. Nationally, Dr. Levin is a member of the ASA Committee on Informatics and Information Technologies, and has presented multiple times throughout the years at the ASA, SCA and other large meetings.

Dr. Levin has been an active member of STA for over ten years. He fondly remembers the last Las Vegas meeting in 2010 - his first STA meeting – not only for the lifelong colleagues he met, but for his visit to the Pinball Hall of Fame as well. Dr. Levin is very excited about the future of STA and would be honored to serve as Director At-Large.