Newswise — SAN FRANCISCO – The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced Beverly K. Philip, M.D., FASA, has been named first vice president of the ASA.  Dr. Philip was elected at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2018 annual meeting in San Francisco and will serve for one year. 

Dr. Philip is founding director of the Day Surgery Unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School in Boston. 

“I am excited and honored to be elected first vice president of ASA,” said Dr. Philip. “This is an important time for the specialty.  From the opioid crisis and the anesthesia drug shortages that are affecting patient care, to the importance of advocating for physician-led anesthesia care teams, it is critical now more than ever to demonstrate physician anesthesiologists’ value and the important role we serve in this challenging and changing health care landscape. In my new position, I will continue to collaboratively address these issues.”

As first vice president, Dr. Philip will serve as a member of the ASA Executive Committee, which consists of the president, president-elect, first vice president and immediate past president. The Executive Committee expedites, executes and administers the policies adopted by the ASA House of Delegates and ASA Board of Directors.

Dr. Philip has served ASA in numerous roles, most recently as ASA vice president for scientific affairs from 2013-2018.  In this position, she provided oversight of ASA’s sections on clinical care, subspecialties, publications, education, research and the ANESTHESIOLOGY® annual meeting.

Dr. Philip has been a member of many ASA committees, including the Committee on Quality Management and Departmental Administration, Committee on Ambulatory Surgical Care, Committee on Communications, Committee on Governmental Affairs, Committee on Standards and Practice Parameters, and the Perioperative Surgical Home Steering Committee.  She has represented the ASA and the specialty within the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of the Healthcare Organizations, American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons and American Board of Anesthesiology, among other organizations, working in workgroups and on numerous projects.

In addition to her duties at the ASA, Dr. Philip works extensively with the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER), where she sits on their Board of Directors and Executive Committee.  With a subspecialty in ambulatory anesthesia, Dr. Philip’s is also a past president of the American Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA). She has been very active on the local level and is a past president of the Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists. 

Dr. Philip received her Bachelor of Arts from Queens College, CUNY, in New York and her Doctor of Medicine from Upstate Medical Center, SUNY, in Syracuse, New York.  She completed her anesthesiology residency and a research fellowship in anesthesia at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Philip is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and National Board of Medical Examiners.

She resides in Chestnut Hill, Boston with her husband, Jim Philip, M.D. 

Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 52,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care every patient deserves. 

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