Robert K. Stoelting, MD

President, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation

Dr. Stoelting is a 1964 graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. He was a resident in anesthesia at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, California from 1965-1968. Following completion of his residency, Dr. Stoelting served as a Clinical Associate in Anesthesia for 2 years at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. He joined the faculty of the Department of Anesthesia, Indiana University School of Medicine in 1970 and became Professor and Chair of the Department in September 1977.

Dr. Stoelting is the author or co-author of more than 100 peer review publications. He is the author of the textbook Pharmacology and Physiology in Anesthetic practice, co-author of the textbooks Basics of Anesthesia and Anesthesia and Co-Existing Disease, and co-editor of the textbook Clinical Anesthesia.

Dr. Stoelting served on the editorial board of Anesthesia and Analgesia from 1974-1984 and was a member of the board of Trustees of the International Anesthesia Research Society from 1975-1993. He was a member of the editorial board of the Year Book of Anesthesia from 1983-1994 and served as Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Anesthesia from 1982-1992.

Dr. Stoelting is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and has participated in the Board’s certification process as an Associate Examiner from 1974 to 2002. He was elected a Director of the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1980 and served as Secretary-Treasurer from 1989-1991 and as President in 1992.

Dr. Stoelting was a member of the Residency Review Committee for Anesthesia from 1983-1989 and served as Chair from 1988-1989. He was appointed to the Anesthesia and Life Support Drugs Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration in 1984 and served as Chair from 1986-1988.

In 1994, Dr. Stoelting was elected Vice-President for Scientific Affairs of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He was re-elected to this office in 1995 and 1996. In 1997, Dr. Stoelting was elected President of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation.

On June 30, 2003 Dr. Stoelting “retired” as Chair of the Department of Anesthesia to become full-time as President of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation with offices located in Indianapolis, Indiana.