I am an associate professor of anesthesiology and the section head for perioperative medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine, as well as the immediate past president for the Society for Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement (SPAQI) and the director of the society’s annual meeting, The Perioperative Medicine Summit. I also currently serve as vice chair of the American Society of Anesthesiologists perioperative medical education track subcommittee, the perioperative medicine abstract review subcommittee, and on the Women in Anesthesia Ad Hoc committee, in addition to several review boards and educational committees for the International Anesthesia Research Society, Anesthesia & Analgesia and the journal of Evidence Based Perioperative Medicine.
I have a special interest and expertise in perioperative medicine and enhanced recovery with a special interest in patient safety and quality improvement initiatives. While serving as medical director of preoperative assessment clinic and anesthesia champion for enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) at Wake Forest Baptist Health, I have concentrated on promoting patient-centered perioperative care through preoperative optimization.
My research interests include preoperative frailty, cognition, and shared decision making in the aging surgical patient. Managing preoperative anemia and mitigating risks of renal dysfunction are also areas relating to my ongoing investigations and clinical practice. My research is funded through an NIH/NIA grant to identify frail patients using an electronic medical record-based frailty index while simultaneously designing programs to mitigate cognitive and physical risks.