Circulation 118,032 • Volume 30, No. 2 • October 2015   Issue PDF

Leading the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) into the Future: Seeking Candidates for the Next APSF President

Robert A. Caplan, MD, Chair, APSF Search Committee

Robert K. Stoelting, MD,
President, APSF

Robert K. Stoelting, MD, has announced that he will retire as President of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) when his next term concludes on October 22, 2016. During his 19-year tenure as APSF President, Dr. Stoelting has been a vigorous and innovative leader, dedicated to the APSF mission that “no patient shall be harmed by anesthesia.”

Under Dr. Stoelting’s direction, APSF has advanced the scope and impact of anesthesia patient safety by engaging a broad range of safety stakeholders in clinical practice, teaching, research, industry, and regulatory affairs. These stakeholders work together to improve patient safety with activities and products including workshops, consensus conferences, surveys, newsletters, educational videos, advisory statements, training opportunities, and research initiatives. APSF provides a vital stimulus for patient safety innovation by funding research awards and providing fellowship grants. The
APSF Newsletter, with a worldwide circulation that exceeds 118,000, keeps the anesthesia community attuned to emerging safety concerns and new preventive strategies.

The APSF Executive Committee and Board of Directors are immensely grateful to Dr. Stoelting for the unconditional support and direction he has given to this impressive array of patient safety programs.

Search Announcement

The APSF Executive Committee has designated a Search Committee to identify qualified candidates for the next APSF President, with a term to begin October 22, 2016. The Search Committee provides the following information to interested candidates and the anesthesia community.

Position Summary

  • The APSF President is the leader of the organization. In partnership with the APSF Executive Committee and Board of Directors, the President oversees all operations of the organization including strategic and financial planning, program and budget management, staff development, fundraising, external communications, and strengthening collaborative relationships throughout a diverse community of stakeholders in anesthesia patient safety.
  • At present, there is no specified term or term limit for the APSF President. The Search Committee is interested in candidates who are willing to serve at least 5 years.
  • Additional information, including an expanded “position summary,” can be found online at
  • Qualifications, Application Process, and Timetable
  • Please see the box announcement on the outside back cover for a description of qualifications and the application process.
  • On October 22, 2016, at the Annual Meeting of the APSF Board of Directors, the Search Committee will recommend a candidate for the position of APSF President.
  • Immediately following approval by the APSF Board of Directors, the new President will begin his or her term.

Questions regarding the application process and/or the position of APSF President can be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Robert A, Caplan, MD at [email protected]

Robert A. Caplan, MD,
Chair, APSF Search Committee