Department of Anesthesiology Hosts Fourth Annual Van Bergen Lectureship

Steven L. Shafer, MD, who is a professor of Anesthesiology at Stanford University gave the keynote talk on "Propofol: Murder, Mayhem, and Mercy".

The Department of Anesthesiology celebrated the fourth annual Van Bergen Lectureship Dinner at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus. Steven L. Shafer, MD, who is a professor of Anesthesiology at Stanford University gave the keynote talk on "Propofol: Murder, Mayhem, and Mercy."

Dr. Shafer is recognized as one of the pre-eminent PK/PD experts in our field, having worked on the behavior of most of the drugs we used in daily practice. He has also been responsible for mentoring a large number of the other PK/PD experts in our field from around the world. He has been a faculty member at Stanford since 1987. 

In addition to his research work, he has served our profession in numerous other ways, perhaps most notably as the Editor-in-Chief of Anesthesia and Analgesia, taking over from Ron Miller in 2005. He has also served (or serves) as an editor for Anesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacokinetics, the British Journal of Anesthesia and the Journal of Pediatric Anesthesiology. The Van Bergen Lecture is an annual celebration named after the department's first chairperson. Dr. Van Bergen was the anesthesiologist for the first successful open-heart surgical procedure in which total cardiopulmonary by-pass.

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