Chief Executive Officer
Posted on: May 24, 2023
Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research, and scientific
society with more than 56,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice
of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical
care of patients before, during and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care every patient
Mission: Advancing the Practice and Securing the Future
Vision: A world leader improving health through innovation in quality and safety.
Values: Patient Safety, Physician-led Care and Scientific Discovery
ASA supports its members at every stage of their career, across every subspecialty, and in every practice setting
to provide the resources anesthesiologists need to thrive in health care's changing environment. With the
collective expertise of more than 56,000 members, ASA is a global community that advances the standards of
anesthesiology practice and quality, improves patient care and safety, and secures the future of the specialty.
ASA seeks opportunities to support and strengthen the field through its seven Strategic Pillars:
---Leadership and Professional Development
---Quality and Practice Advancement
---Research and Scientific Discovery
---Stewardship of the Society and the Specialty
ASA provides financial and staff support to several related organizations and foundations, which allows it to
accomplish goals that constitute the core values of anesthesiology as a medical specialty. This includes the
Anesthesia Quality Institute which was founded in 2008 to facilitate practice-based quality management
through education and quality data feedback. Home to NACOR, the largest anesthesia registry in the country,
AQI's vision is "to be the primary source of information for quality improvement in the clinical practice of
anesthesiology. Through education and quality feedback, AQI will help to improve the quality care of patients,
lower anesthesia mortality and lower anesthesia incidents."
With offices in both Schaumburg, IL and Washington, DC, ASA has a staff team of 170 and an annual budget of
nearly $54 million. ASA has maintained a very strong financial position despite market headwinds with
approximately $100 million in strategic reserves. For the sixth consecutive year, ASA has been selected as a Best
and Brightest Companies to Work For - in the Nation.
ASA is governed by its Bylaws and Administrative Procedures and has a multi-tiered governance structure, with
four primary bodies:
House of Delegates (HOD) - The HOD is the primary representative, legislative, and policy-setting body of ASA. It
is composed of the ASA Board of Directors (BOD), component and subspecialty delegates and alternate
delegates, and five Resident Component Governing Council members. The HOD exercises final authority over all
matters except where delegated elsewhere by the ASA Bylaws. They meet over two sessions held in conjunction
with the Annual Meeting.
Board of Directors (BOD) - The voting members of the BOD are the Administrative Council (AC) and one director
from each of the 56 component societies. Non-voting members of the BOD include an alternate director from
each of the component societies, the Anesthesiology journal editor-in-chief, section chairs, past ASA presidents,
a medical student, and the American Medical Association (AMA) delegation chair. The BOD directs publication
and distribution of all official documents, journals, and reports mandated by the HOD. It establishes and
oversees the ASA's reserve funds and executes duties specified in the ASA Bylaws. It also exercises full powers of
the HOD in the interim between HOD meetings and reports its activities to the HOD for ratification at that
body's annual sessions. The Board meets at least three times a year.
The Administrative Council (AC) - The AC is composed of the 12 officers of ASA and convenes a minimum of four
times each year. They are the official planning body of the ASA. Between BOD meetings, it may exercise most of
the powers of the BOD.
The Executive Committee (EC) - The EC consists of the president, president-elect, and the first vice president.
The president may name the immediate past president as a fourth member of the EC. The EC expedites,
executes, and administers the policies adopted by the HOD and BOD. If necessary, they may publish and
implement positions or statements on behalf of ASA when this proves to be in the Society's best interests.
After 10 years as CEO, Paul Pomerantz has announced his intention to retire in April 2024. For more information about ASA, please visit: www.asahq.org. For the most recent annual report: www.asahq.org/annualreport.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will assume the leadership of a vibrant society with an engaged membership
and solid financial footing. In close partnership with the physician leaders, they will guide ASA to serve the needs
and interests of members and champion the essential role anesthesiologists play in health care. The CEO will
work with the president and other elected officers, the administrative council, board of directors, and house of
delegates to shape a long-term strategy around advocacy, education, health policy, quality, member value and
effective financial management. In parallel, the CEO will lead and develop a cohesive senior management team
organized around principles of high performance, inclusion and transparency.
Reports to: President and Board of Directors
Direct Reports:Chief Advocacy Officer
Acting Chief Quality Officer
Chief Membership and Communications Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Information Officer and Anesthesia Quality
Institute (AQI) Executive Director
Other Key Relationships:
Board of Directors
House of Delegates
State Component Societies
Relevant organizations within the broader association
and medical society community
---Partner with the president and ASA leadership to create ASA's strategic plan and then lead the team to
effectively execute it.
---Develop and maintain productive, mutually beneficial relationships with hospital and health system
decision makers that lead to improved patient outcomes and experience across the perioperative
---Enhance the culture of member service; build effective relationships with members and stakeholder
---Working with the chief advocacy officer, oversee ASA's advocacy efforts and development of the advocacy
agenda, including with political and regulatory bodies, the media, physician organizations and the public.
Operations and Management:
---Direct the senior management team to achieve ASA's strategic goals in advocacy, education and revenue
---Establish standards and measures of organizational performance.
---Manage a sustained, fiscally sound, transparent operating and financial structure.
---Ensure a collaborative and mutually supportive environment between member leadership and staff, as well
as the Schaumburg, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. offices.
---Maintain an organizational climate that attracts, motivates, and retains high caliber staff by implementing
appropriate human resource policies and practices.
---Serve as CEO of the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI).
Executive-level experience in a complex organization.A record of accomplishment leading a membership driven organization or complex advocacy portfolio for an
industry/ professional group. Knowledge of scientific and/or health care-related sectors.
Understanding of health care policy and the people who impact it; specific knowledge of anesthesiology or
physician leaders preferred.
Success growing and diversifying revenue.
Experience identifying new markets, programs, products, and services that add value and revenue.
Strong communication skills: ability to represent ASA in the public domain.
A credible and compelling spokesperson before a wide range of audiences; experience offering strategic
oversight of an advocacy program preferred.
Building and leading high-performing, collaborative teams.
Success leading an organization in bifurcated locations preferred.
Advanced degree in a related field.
Undergraduate degree required; an advanced degree in a related field strongly preferred.
CRITICAL LEADERSHIP CAPABILITIES:
---Works with the president and the governance structure to develop a strategic vision for ASA that
strengthens its value proposition to members and prospective members (particularly earlier career
anesthesiologists) serving their needs and interests.
---Ensures the ASA governance structure enables efficiency and long-term success of the organization without
compromising the ability to engage multiple voices.
---Evaluates existing and explores new programs and initiatives that add value and diversify current revenue
---Invests in technology to support and enable effective communication with members and public audiences.
Collaborating and Influencing:
---Leverages existing and builds new relationships to advance the ASA's legislative and regulatory objectives.
---Negotiates with and among key partner and constituent groups to enhance the profession's ability to
provide patient-centered care.
---Parlays ASA's strength into a greater leadership role in the house of medicine.
---Demonstrates and communicates the unique benefits that ASA brings to stakeholders - facilities, health
care executives, payers, surgeons and patients.
---Nurtures and develops a committed, connected leadership group.
---Continues to cultivate a strong internal culture and cohesion between teams in Schaumburg, Illinois, and
---Celebrates and promotes core values of collaboration, dedication, commitment to excellence and
Other Personal Characteristics:---Engaging, personable style of interaction with strong negotiating skills.
---Strong commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.
---High degree of personal and professional integrity and credibility.
APPLICATIONS AND NOMINATIONS:Spencer Stuart is assisting the American Society of Anesthesiologists in this important recruitment. If you wish to
submit application materials or nominate someone to serve as the next CEO, please email: ASACEO@SpencerStuart.com.
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