Dr. Peterson elected ASA First Vice President

Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MSHCA, FACHE, President and CEO of Driscoll Health Plan, was elected First Vice President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) at the Anesthesiology 2017 annual meeting in Boston. She will serve for one year.

“I am honored to serve ASA members in these challenging times. Physician anesthesiologists have made great strides in improving patient safety, but our work is not done,” said Dr. Peterson.

“We need to continue to support research for brain health, pain medicine and treatments for addiction. We need to push back on intrusive and unnecessary regulations that don’t improve care. It is also essential for us to be a part of the solution in balancing the cost of healthcare with equitable access and quality. I am eager to work on these issues to help further propel the specialty and patient care.”

As First Vice President, Dr. Peterson will serve as a member of the ASA Executive Committee, which administers the policies adopted by the ASA House of Delegates and ASA Board of Directors. She previously had served as ASA Treasurer.