As the field of anesthesiology evolves and grows, so does the important role women play in its ongoing success and development. The ASA Monitor had the privilege of speaking with three women whose leadership and expertise have had – and continue to have – a positive impact on anesthesiology and medicine as a whole.

Margaret Wood, MBChB, FRCA, is the Emanuel M. Papper Emerita Professor of Anesthesiology and Department of Anesthesiology Emerita Chair, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. Throughout her career, Dr. Wood has conducted extensive research in anesthesiology, publishing more than 140 articles and book chapters. She was the first woman to chair a clinical department at Columbia University, a position that she held until June 30, 2016. Dr. Wood was also the first woman to be elected as president of the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA).

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