Daniel J. Cole, MD, FASA,
Past President, American Society of Anesthesiologists
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and the Vice Chair for Professional and Business Development, David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Cole is a professor of clinical anesthesiology and the vice chair for professional and business development at David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a past president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and serves as president and executive director, professional affairs of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). During his tenure as ASA president, Dr. Cole proposed a new patient safety initiative — the Brain Health Initiative — to engaged a multidisciplinary group to work with providers, payers and the public to create a low-barrier access program to minimize the impact of pre-existing cognitive deficits, and optimize the cognitive recovery and perioperative experience for adults 65 years and older undergoing surgery. Dr. Cole is also on the board of directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation.