AAAC Candidate – Zvara

David A. Zvara, MD, FASA

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

David A. Zvara, MD, FASA has dedicated his career to academic anesthesiology. Dr. Zvara completed residency at The Ohio State University in 1989 and went on to serve on active duty in the United States Air Force, 1989 – 1993. During this time, Dr. Zvara was deployed in the first Iraq conflict (Operation Desert Storm). Upon separating from the military, Dr. Zvara landed an academic appointment at Wake Forest University. Between the years of 1993 and 2006, Dr. Zvara ascended through the academic ranks to full Professor. He maintained an active clinical role, specializing in TEE and procedures involving the ascending aorta with deep hypothermic circulatory arrest.

While at Wake Forest, Dr. Zvara served as the Core Program Director, 1995 – 2001, and the Director of the Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship, 1994 – 2006. He was responsible for the Medical Student (MS-2) Core Curriculum in Cardiovascular Physiology, 1998 – 2005. During these same years, Dr. Zvara maintained an active research laboratory studying ischemic-reperfusion injuries of the rat spinal cord. In 2006, Dr. Zvara left Wake Forest for the Chair at The Ohio State University. In 2008, Dr. Zvara accepted the Chair at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he maintains that position today.

Dr. Zvara has a long history of service to our profession. He is an ABA examiner, 1994 – present. He is a former annual program chair and Board member for the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists. He served on the AAAC Council 2012-2017. He has served on several ASA committees to notably include the Committee on Academic Anesthesiology, 2010 – present. Informally, Dr. Zvara has served as a mentor to many current Chairs in Anesthesiology. He is an active contributor to the literature and well-known speaker at professional meetings.

The president-elect of the AAAC is in a position to influence and guide the national dialogue surrounding academic anesthesiology. In this role, there is an opportunity to provide an infrastructure of support to all Chairs regardless of tenure. The challenges facing academic anesthesiology programs are substantial and the AAAC provides an organized forum to help Chairs better understand and address the issues. Serving as Chair since 2006, I believe that I have the insight and history to lead the AAAC in this mission of service. Mentoring others is a passion. In this president-elect position, and the subsequent president position, I see a tremendous opportunity to serve and mentor others all in an effort to enhance the research, educational, and clinical mission of academic anesthesiologists.

Thank you for your consideration.