At its October 2005 annual meeting, the APSF was pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Baumgart as its new Vice President. Paul Baumgart is General Manager of Respiratory Care for GE Healthcare Clinical Systems, based in Madison, Wisconsin, with responsibility for GE’s global respiratory care business. Previously he held marketing roles at GE covering perioperative monitoring products and OR information systems. Prior to joining GE in December 2000, he spent nearly 20 years at Ohmeda in a variety of marketing positions related to the company’s anesthesia system business, including Director of Marketing for the Americas.
Paul’s active involvement in the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation dates to 1987 when he joined the committee on Education at the suggestion of W. Dekle Rountree, then President of Ohmeda, who at that time was serving in the role of the first Vice President of the APSF. Since then Paul has served on both the Committee on Education and on the Committee on Technology. During the 2004 meeting of the ASA, Paul was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the APSF and will serve on the Committee on Scientific Evaluation in 2006.
Paul has been a recognized speaker at anesthesiologist, nurse anesthetist, anesthesia technologist, and biomedical engineering meetings throughout North America and Europe on topics that include anesthesia safety, operating room information management, anesthesia gas delivery, and monitoring system design and evolution. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Wyoming and is an adjunct faculty member in the University of Wisconsin Executive Education program. He and his wife Lynn reside in Madison, Wisconsin.