Rakesh C. Arora

Professor – Dept. of Surgery, Anesthesia & Physiology, and Physiology & Pathophysiology, University of Manitoba Cardiac Surgeon/Intensivist Section Head and Medical Director– Cardiac Surgery and Intensive Care Cardiac Sciences, Cardiac Sciences Program, St. Boniface General Hospital Dr. Arora was born in London, Ontario and obtained a Baccalaureate of Arts degree from the University of Western […]

Rawn Salenger

Dr. Rawn Salenger, MD, is the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center where he oversees the cardiac surgery team, providing vision for the future growth of the hospital’s Heart Institute, an enduring Center of Excellence for the University of Maryland Medical System. Dr. Salenger, an Assistant Professor of Surgery […]

Gina McConnell

Gina McConnell, BSN, RN, CCRN ERAS Coordinator at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh NC. Has over 20 years experience in the Cardiothoracic ICU which also included roles as Supervisor and Educator.In 2017, Championed the ERAS Cardiac team that developed, implemented and published the first ERAS Cardiac Surgery Protocol used in the US. In January […]

Cheryl Crisafi

Cheryl is a Master’s prepared Cardiac Surgery Care Coordinator Nurse at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.  Cheryl has over 30 years of nursing experience with increasing levels of responsibility in several hospitals throughout the New England area.  In her current role she collaborates and integrates with a multidisciplinary team across the care continuum to […]

Sarah Lenz Lock

Sarah Lenz Lock is Senior Vice President for Policy and Brain Health in AARP’s Policy, Research and International Affairs (PRI). Ms Lock leads AARP’s policy initiatives on brain health and care for people living with dementia, including serving as the Executive Director of the Global Council on Brain Health, an independent collaborative of scientists, doctors […]

Jeanna Blitz

Dr. Jeanna Blitz is an associate professor of Anesthesiology at Duke University School of Medicine, where she is the Director of the Preoperative Anesthesia Surgical Screening (PASS) Clinic. Her primary academic interest is in the delivery of quality preoperative care and its impact on patient outcomes. She has authored a preoperative medicine web-based curriculum, as […]

Yuriy Bronshteyn, MD

Yuriy Bronshteyn is an Assistant Professor at Duke University School of Medicine.  He practices critical care medicine and anesthesiology at Duke and the Durham VA. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ (ASA) Editorial Board on Point-of-Care Ultrasound.  In that capacity, he is heading up an effort to create an ASA-backed […]

Robert Shakar

Rob Shakar MD is the Medical Director of a 32-physician group in Wilmington, NC.  Dr. Shakar oversees the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) Project for New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC).  NHRMC began the PSH project with the Hip/Knee Total Joint service line and expanded to a total of 15 service lines since 2015. In the […]

Jeroen Molinger

Jeroen Molinger is a clinical medical exercise physiologist who is specialized in metabolic cart assessments, (muscle) metabolic imaging and clinical exercise physiology in the perioperative space. At Duke he serves as the Lead Clinical Medical Exercise Physiologist of the Human Physiology and Pharmacology lab (HPPL) and of the Duke Heart Cathlab. He serves also a […]

Vicki Morton

Vicki is currently the Director of Clinical and Quality Outcomes at Providence Anesthesiology Associates in Charlotte, NC where she is responsible for the implementation, oversight, and expansion of the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program to include 10 facilities within 3 hospital systems and 17 service lines. She speaks nationally and internationally on various perioperative care topics and […]