IARS Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

Christian P. Werner, MD
Mainz, Germany

Keith A. “Tony” Jones, MD
Past Chair
Birmingham, Alabama

Santhanam Suresh, MD, MBA
Chair-Elect/Journal Liaison
Chicago, Illinois

Laura E. Niklason, MD, PhD
New Haven, Connecticut

Beverley A. Orser, MD, PhD

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Board Members

Michael S. Avidan, MBBCh
St. Louis, Missouri

Seun Johnson-Akeju, MD, MMSc
Boston, Massachusetts

Max B. Kelz, MD, PhD
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

George A. Mashour, MD, PhD
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Y.S. Prakash, MD, PhD
Rochester, Minnesota

Vivianne Tawfik, MD, PhD
Stanford, California

Meet Your Trustees

Keith “Tony” Jones, MD
Dr. Keith “Tony” Jones explains why IARS is focused on advancing the science and knowledge of anesthesiology and disseminating that knowledge. Plus, find out why most people were surprised he chose to pursue anesthesiology.


Santhanam Suresh, MD, MBA
Dr. Santhanam Suresh discusses how IARS aims to be at the forefront of education for current and future anesthesiologists. Plus, learn why he finds the specialty of anesthesiology so rewarding.


IARS Commitment to Academic Excellence and Rigor

The IARS has learned that six published articles authored by Hironobu Ueshima, a member of the Department of Anesthesiology at Showa University Medical School in Tokyo, have been retracted from their respective publications due to unreliable data. An investigation by Showa University is ongoing.

Dr. Hiroshi Otake, who at the time was Chair of the Showa Anesthesiology Department and a member of the IARS Board of Trustees, was a co-author on the retracted papers. By mutual agreement, Dr. Otake subsequently resigned from the IARS Board.

The IARS has an obligation to uphold the highest standards in its governance and in the field of anesthesia research. The Society is deeply committed to ensuring complete academic integrity and is unwilling to accept or abide misconduct or the perception of misconduct. This commitment extends to the people who serve in IARS leadership.

The IARS is continuing to monitor further developments in this investigation. In the meantime, IARS leadership is redoubling its commitment to academic excellence and rigor. Our responsibility to our profession and to our patients demands nothing less.

Support IARS

The IARS contributes more than $1 million each year to fund important anesthesia research. Your donation will help support innovative and forward-thinking anesthesia research and education initiatives, all of which are designed to benefit patient care. You can feel good knowing that 100% of your donation is directly allocated to research.