On Saturday, May 16th, the annual Excellence in ASRA Awards Luncheon was held in Las Vegas, Nevada to celebrate notable cutting-edge research, research grants, and awards and presentations in the anesthesiology and pain management fields.
Among those receiving honors was Oscar deLeon-Casasola, MD, program director of the University of Buffalo’s pain management anesthesiology fellowship, vice-chair for Clinical Affairs and professor of anesthesiology at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. deLeon-Casasola was officially named the President of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine when former president Joseph M. Neal, MD, handed him the ceremonial gavel.
Dr. deLeon-Casasola has been a long-serving member of the ASRA, previously holding the position of chair of the Scientific Committee for ASRA’s Third Annual Pain Medicine Meeting. His record of experience is quite impressive, with career highlights such as serving as the director of the Acute Pain Service Unit, the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and the chief of Critical Care Medicine at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Additionally, Dr. deLeon-Casasola was the editor-in-chief of the Journal Techniques in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management from 2000 until 2011.
Medically-trained at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, Dr. deLeon-Casasola spent his surgical residency at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Downstate before heading to SUNY-Buffalo for his anesthesia residency.
He will serve a two-year term with the ASRA, which is the largest subspecialty medical society in anesthesiology. Board certified in Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, and Pain Management, Dr. deLeon-Casasola is also a member of the Pain Medicine Committee of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Adult Cancer Pain Panel.
His lengthy experience with the ASRA gives the new president wider exposure to the pain management community as well as enhances the reputation of the UB pain management anesthesiology fellowship.
“As a result, graduating fellows may have access to better jobs around the country. Moreover, as president of the society, I am part of the annual Program Committee, which allows me to review content that is considered cutting edge,” said Oscar deLeon-Casasola, MD.