Newswise — San Francisco, CA (February 4, 2015) – The International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) announces that Alan Jay Schwartz, MD, MSEd, will succeed Lawrence J. Saidman, MD, as Editor-in-Chief of its online journal Anesthesia & Analgesia Case Reports. Dr. Saidman retired in December 2014.

Dr. Schwartz is a well-known educator and pediatric and cardiac anesthesiologist. He is currently Director of Education in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and is Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. In the position as Editor-in-Chief of A&A Case Reports, Dr. Schwartz will set the tone and editorial direction of this new journal, a companion publication to Anesthesia & Analgesia, the oldest peer-reviewed journal in the specialty of anesthesiology. Working with a world-class editorial board, Dr. Schwartz will encourage new submissions, serve as mentor to new authors, and explore opportunities to expand the scope of this publication.

Steven L. Shafer, MD, Editor-in-Chief of the Anesthesia & Analgesia, the parent journal of A&A Case Reports, says: “We are delighted that Dr. Schwartz will join A&A Case Reports as its new Editor-in-Chief. The IARS Board was unanimously enthusiastic about Dr. Schwartz’s nomination. We’re very excited that he will steer this journal into the next phase of its growth.”

Dr. Schwartz has published numerous articles, abstracts, book chapters, and other educational resources. He has also served on the editorial boards of the journal Anesthesiology, Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology, the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, and the Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia, is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Refresher Course Publication and has been an invited lecturer at dozens of institutions in the U.S., Europe and China.


About A&A Case ReportsAnesthesia & Analgesia Case Reports is the only journal dedicated to publishing clinical cases about pain, anesthesia and analgesia. Launched in October 2013 under the direction of veteran editor Lawrence J. Saidman, MD, the journal quickly grew in popularity. The journal focuses on reporting patient cases that make an important teaching point or scientific observation in disciplines related to anesthesiology. All articles published in A&A Case Reports are now indexed in MEDLINE/PubMed.

About the IARSThe International Anesthesia Research Society is a nonpolitical, not-for-profit medical society founded in 1922 to advance and support scientific research and education related to anesthesia, and to improve patient care through basic research. The IARS contributes nearly $1 million annually to fund anesthesia research; provides a forum for anesthesiology leaders to share information and ideas; maintains a worldwide membership of more than 15,000 physicians, physician residents, and others with doctoral degrees, as well as health professionals in anesthesia related practice; sponsors the SmartTots initiative in partnership with the FDA; supports the resident education initiative OpenAnesthesia; and publishes two journals, Anesthesia & Analgesia and A&A Case Reports.