AAAC Candidate – Bacon

Douglas R. Bacon, MD, M.A

University of Mississippi Medical Center

I was born in Buffalo, New York, and did my undergraduate work at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, earning a Bachelor of Science in Medicinal Chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in History. Medical School at SUNY at Stony Brook followed, earning his M.D. in 1985. I interned at Millard Fillmore Hospital completing a year of internal medicine, followed with a residency in anesthesiology at the SUNY at Buffalo Affiliated Hospitals. I am a diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology, and while working full time as an attending anesthesiologist at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, I completed my Master of Arts in History at SUNY Buffalo.

My career has encompassed over thirty clinical years and I have practiced in a variety of academic settings and institutions including SUNY Buffalo, the Buffalo VA, Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, Wayne State University and The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). I have held leadership roles in each including starting the first Anesthesiology Service at the Buffalo VAMC. At SUNY Buffalo, I had the honor of being the Vice Chair for Education, and Mayo Clinic I was the Vice Chair of Faculty Development. Two and a half years as chair at Wayne State proved to be a fantastic learning experience for me, and the five plus years chairing the Anesthesiology Department in Mississippi has been very rewarding. The department has grown over this time, with the additional of two fellowships (Pediatrics and Cardiovascular) and the addition of two fellowship positions for a total of five in pain medicine. My research area of interests focuses on the organizational history of anesthesiology in the first half of the twentieth century. With a bibliography includes seventy-nine peer reviewed publications, five books, thirty-seven book chapters, and numerous other publications, I understand academic values. The Wood Library-Museum honored me by awarding me the 2012 Laureate in the History of Anesthesiology.

I am heavily involved in strengthening the academic mission of the department through education and I have a strong interest in culture change within the department and medical center that returns the emphasis of academic medicine to education and research in addition to clinical care. As a historian, I am keenly aware of the role of the humanities in medicine as well as the need for a strong emphasis in both basic science and clinical research. SAAAPM is critical to the transitions that academic anesthesiology is undergoing and emphasizing the need for humanizing medicine both for the patient and the physician.

While I have held many administrative roles, none was as challenging and rewarding as the eight years I was editor of the American Society of Anesthesiology’s Newsletter. I am the current Chair of the Publications Committee for the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA) and serve as a council member of the WFSA. For seven years, I was Secretary-Treasurer of the WLM and I for the past decade I have served as the Secretary of the Academy of Anesthesiology. As the alternate Director from Mississippi, SAAAPM has additional representation at the American Society of Anesthesiologists Board of Directors.

As Vice President of SAAAPM, I would seek to help lead our societies boldly forward. Our annual meeting needs to study and discuss those innovative ideas and shared experiences that will allow our academic departments to thrive under the ever-changing conditions in American medicine. We need to encourage each other to step out and comment on the issues that are near and dear to our practices and insure a future for those coming behind us.

I live in Madison, Mississippi with my wife, Dr. Melissa Bacon who practices obstetrics and gynecology. My daughter Anna is a Third grader and four sons, the youngest of which is an undergraduate at University of Mississippi. Along with Anna, we share their home with four rough collies, Ty, Sparkle, L’Oreal and Skyler.