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Transformational Leaders Transcend Specialities

  • May Hua
    Affiliations
    Department of Anesthesiology (M.H., H.W.), Columbia University, New York, USA

    Department of Epidemiology (M.H.), Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, USA
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  • Hannah Wunsch
    Affiliations
    Department of Anesthesiology (M.H., H.W.), Columbia University, New York, USA

    Department of Critical Care Medicine (H.W.), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine (H.W.), University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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  • Rebecca A. Aslakson
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    Address correspondence to: Rebecca A. Aslakson, Stanford University, 300 Pasteur Drive H3580, Stanford, CA 94305.
    Affiliations
    Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine (R.A.A.), Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA

    Division of Primary Care and Population Health (R.A.A.), Department of Medicine, Palliative Care Section, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
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      Anesthesia and anesthesiologists have deep roots within the specialty of intensive care medicine,
      • Hanson 3rd, CW
      • Durbin Jr., CG
      • Maccioli GA
      • et al.
      The anesthesiologist in critical care medicine: past, present, and future.
      but anesthesiologists in the United States comprise only 13% of intensivists, compared to 20% with specialization in surgery and 65% internal medicine.

      Specialities ABoM. ABMS board certification report. Chicago, IL2020.

      With frequently separate training programs, different funding options, and departmental divides, anesthesiologists can sometimes feel as an “other” within the field of critical care. Yet, innovative leaders and mentors such as Randy Curtis bridge that divide. Randy's background is in internal medicine, with specialty training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, while we (the authors) are each anesthesiologists by background. None of us has ever worked at the same institution as Randy or ever formally trained under him. Yet, for over a decade, Randy has been the epitome of a mentor and sponsor for each of us. Through that generosity he has passed on his wisdom to many mentees even outside of his specialty and home institution. He inspires and potentiates scholarship, research ideas and studies, and academic careers in all his academic interactions.

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