Angela F Edwards MD, FASA is an associate professor of anesthesiology and section head for perioperative medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Dr. Edwards is immediate past president for the Society for Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement (SPAQI: https://www.spaqi.org/web/index.php) and Director of the society’s annual meeting, The Perioperative Medicine Summit ( https://www.spaqi.org/2021/ ). Dr. Edwards is a recognized expert in perioperative medicine and enhanced recovery with a special interest in patient safety and quality improvement initiatives. She has been actively promoting patient centered perioperative care through preoperative optimization while serving as medical director of preoperative assessment clinic and anesthesia champion for enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) at Wake Forest Baptist Health. Dr Edwards’s 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 ongoing investigations and clinical practice. Dr Edwards’s 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.
Nationally, Dr Edwards serves 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. She serves on several review boards and educational committees for the IARS, Anesthesia & Analgesia as well as the journal of Evidence Based Perioperative Medicine. Dr Edwards has been invited to speak at national and international conferences on topics related to preoperative clinics, establishing patient care models with a high return on investment, and ensuring patient centric quality of recovery. She maintains her commitment to medical education, collegial research, and faculty/peer development.