AAAC Candidate – Bacon

Douglas R. Bacon, MD, MA, FASA

University of Mississippi Medical Center

We are all faced with similar challenges navigating the ever changing healthcare delivery system and AAC/SAAAPM are critical to maintaining the intellectual and scientific basis of anesthesiology. Our research has led to the monumental increase in patient safety in the operating room over the last four decades and has positioned the specialty as an oft imitated leader. The further delineation of perioperative medicine has created a pathway for anesthesiology to become essential in the patient’s operative experience streamlining care while working to insure medical center solvency. The role of the President-Elect is a critical leader within the organization. My goal in serving our organization is to use AAAC/SAAAPM as a forum for new ideas and topics to facilitate the long term health of the specialty. My experience in academic medicine has been widespread with an appreciation of the challenges that come with variation in resources many academic centers have.

My higher education journey began at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Medicinal Chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in History. Medical School at SUNY at Stony Brook followed, earning the M.D. in 1985. I interned at Millard Fillmore Hospital in 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.

Celebrating the beginning of my thirty-third year as an attending anesthesiologist, I have practiced in a variety of academic settings and institutions including the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Buffalo VA, Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota, Wayne State University and currently at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). At SUNY Buffalo, I had the honor of being the Vice Chair for Education, and after leaving the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, starting the first Anesthesiology Service at the Buffalo VAMC. At 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 and the last seven years chairing the Anesthesiology Department in Mississippi has been very rewarding. The department has grown over this time, with the additional of two core residency positions, two fellowships (Pediatrics and Cardiovascular) and the addition of three fellowship positions for a total of five in Pain Medicine. As a low resource department, we have learned to create opportunities where few exist, and to find unique and cost effective scholarly activities in areas such as quality research and the social sciences.

My research area of interest as a social scientist focuses on the organizational history of anesthesiology in the first half of the twentieth century and the challenges of creating the definition of and the infrastructure for the specialty. It has given me further insight into issues of gender, race and diversity in anesthesiology historically and the importance of an accepting culture within both the department and academic medical center. The 2012 Laureate of the History of Anesthesiology, an international career award, confirm the relevance of my scholarship.

Home is Madison, Mississippi with my wife, Dr. Melissa Bacon, my fifth grade daughter Anna and our four rough collies, Ty, Sparkle, L’Oreal and Skyler. Our four sons are adults, two serving in the US Army, one is a policeman and the other a patent agent. Serving AAAC/SAAAPM as Secretary-Treasurer for the last three years has been an incredible honor and very rewarding. Soon I will be promoted from Alternate to Director for Mississippi giving the organization additional representation at the ASA Board of Directors. I hope to continue to serve as President-Elect and bring value to our organization. I relish the journey ahead and hope to travel with you.