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Date: October 19, 2024
  • 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Location: Philadelphia, PA | Pennsylvania Convention Center

In this panel, we will discuss climate change and anesthesia through three lectures and a question-and-answer format. The first lecture will provide a broad overview of the current and future states of climate change globally and will be given by an expert in environmental science, Dr. Prasad Kasibhatla. The second lecture will focus on the application of emerging technology to climate change, namely artificial intelligence. This lecture will be provided by an expert in artificial intelligence, Sean Jeffries, MSc. Finally, the last lecture will focus on methods anesthesiologists can mitigate their impact on climate change and will be given by an anesthesiologist actively involved in advocacy and research in the field, Dr. Diane Gordon. We believe these topics will benefit all anesthesiologists and provide a better understanding of climate change and methods to improve our global impact as a specialty.

Garrett Burnett, MD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY

Thomas Hemmerling, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Division of Experimental Surgery
McGill University, Montreal Canada

An Update on Climate Change for Anesthesiologists
Prasad Kasibhatla, MS, PhD
Professor of Environmental Chemistry
Senior Associate Dean of Research and Doctoral Programs
Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment, Durham, NC

How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Anesthesia
Sean Jeffries, MSc
Instructor, Research Associate 
McGill University, Montreal Canada

Practical Methods for Mitigating Anesthesia's Impact on Climate Change 
Diane Gordon, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Children's Hospital of Colorado, Aurora, CO

Session Learning Objectives:
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:
  • Analyze the current state of climate change and what the future may hold.
  • Evaluate how artificial intelligence may impact anesthesia's impact on climate change.
  • Recognize potential ways attendees could mitigate the impact of your anesthetic practice on climate change.