AAAC Candidate – Gan

Tong J. (TJ) Gan, MD, MBA, MHS, FRCA

Stony Brook University Renaissance School of Medicine

Dr. TJ Gan is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Stony Brook University Renaissance School of Medicine in Stony Brook, New York. Previously, Dr. Gan was Professor of Anesthesiology, Vice Chairman for Clinical Research and Faculty Development at Duke University. Dr. Gan is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and is a fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (FASA), Royal College of Anaesthetists of England (FRCA) and trained in acupuncture. He holds a Master in Clinical Research and an MBA.

Dr. Gan is a founding President of the American Society for Enhanced Recovery (ASER), President of the Perioperative Quality Initiative (POQI), a Past President of The Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) and International Society for Anesthetic Pharmacology (ISAP). He is the Executive Section Editor of Perioperative Medicine of Anesthesia and Analgesia. Dr. Gan serves on numerous national and international professional society committees and has been the recipient of a number of awards and recognitions. He is the current Chair of the ASA Committee for Perioperative Medicine (COPOM). He has published over 300 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals (h-index: 88; citations: 33,860 [Google Scholar], accessed June 2021) and numerous books and books chapters. Of note, he is the primary author of the internationally recognized postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) consensus guidelines, now in its 4th update. Dr. Gan has served as principal investigator or co-investigator for over 100 clinical trials, focusing on enhanced recovery and topics related to perioperative medicine, including pain, PONV, fluid and hemodynamic management and anesthetic pharmacology.

How I might be able to serve and contribute:

I have served as a council member of the Association of Academic Anesthesiology Chairs (AAAC) for two terms. As a result, I am very familiar with the workings of the society and would like to continue to serve as President Elect. Leadership skill is a critical ingredient for being a successful Chair. In the era of modern healthcare, it is necessary for bringing about culture change, improving quality and the value of care, residency education and faculty development. If elected, I would work closely with the SAAAPM Board to increase the resources and opportunities for members to improve leadership skills by partnering with professional organizations. In addition, I will focus on helping SAAAPM members achieve the various academic missions.

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are vital for any successful organization. As an immigrant born and raised in Malaysia, I hope to promote DEI within the component societies of SAAAPM and encourage those from different backgrounds, women and under-represented minorities to actively participate in the leadership of the societies.