FAAA 2022 Annual Conference Faculty

Faculty Sessions

Carolyn Bannister MD

Chair, Pediatric Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Nemours Children's Health - Jacksonville

Mayo Clinic Faculty - Jacksonville


What’s New in Anesthetic Neurotoxicity in Pediatrics

Monday, Feb. 7
10:15am - 11:15 am


Lee Bannister MD

Lee Bannister graduated from medical school at Emory University School of Medicine in 2015. He then completed his anesthesiology residency and cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellowship at the University of Florida in 2020. Currently, Bannister work for Physician Specialists in Anesthesia at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys being part of the anesthesia care team as well as working with and educating our AA colleagues.

Perioperative Aspiration

Friday, Feb. 4
9:30 am - 10:30 am



Lauren Berkow MD, FASA

Dr. Lauren Berkow is a Professor of Anesthesiology and the Chief of the Division of Neuroanesthesiology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. She also serves as the Immediate Past-President of the Society for Airway Management.



Difficult Airway Management: Strategies, Pearls and Controversies

Saturday, Feb. 5
8:00 am - 9:00 am

Airways Management Workshop

Saturday, Feb. 5
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

David Biel CAA

Graduated CWRU class 2002
Anesthesia Assoc of Cincinnati 2002-2012
UH Cleveland Med Center 2012-2017
UF Health Shands 2017-present




Anesthesia Billing

Friday, Feb. 4
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Jayesh Bodalia CAA


Jayesh Bodalia graduated with a BS in Respiratory Therapist from Medical College of Georgia. Worked 5 years as a Neonatal/Pediatric Critical Care Respiratory Therapist, which involved being a Transport and ECMO therapist. Bodalia got accepted into the first class and 3rd AA program to be established in 2004. Graduated in 2006. Worked at Memorial University Medical Center, where he served a Charge Anesthetist, Pediatric team leader, and chair of the APPC council. Jayesh has also been an adjunct professor for the past 13 years at South University-Savannah. He currently a FT staff anesthetist at Southeast Georgia Healthcare System in Brunswick, GA

Arterial Blood Gas Analysis

Monday, Feb. 7
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Renal Physiology: A Review for Anesthesia Providers

Monday, Feb. 7
11:15 am - 12: 15 pm

Jonathan Cohen MD


Jonathan Cohen is an anesthesiologist at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida and an associate professor at the University of South Florida. He is board certified in both anesthesiology and critical care medicine and holds a Master of Science degree in Patient Safety Leadership from the University of Illinois. At Moffitt, he has been the patient safety officer of the anesthesiology department since 2012, the vice chair of the perioperative safety committee since 2017 and has been the recipient of Moffitt’s Excellence in Safety Award for two consecutive years. He has been an invited speaker on the topics of patient safety and naloxone administration at several national meetings, including the annual meetings of the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA), the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). Dr. Cohen is currently a member of the ASA Anesthesia Patient Safety Editorial Board and the ASA Committee on Patient Safety and Education

Perioperative Safety

Sunday, Feb. 6
8:00 am - 9:00 am

Barry Friedberg MD

Dr. Friedberg is a board-certified anesthesiologist, ardent patient advocate, & a passionate educator whose lectures have been delivered in the US, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Israel, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Singapore & Kuala Lumpur. He is a 1992 opioid free anesthesia pioneer & a 1997 adopter of pEEG monitoring. He is the author of numerous letters to the editor, original articles articles & chapters. His 2007 Cambridge University Press anesthesia textbook, Anesthesia in Cosmetic Surgery was the 1st textbook to feature a pEEG monitor on the cover & 1st to enumerate, instead of verbally describe, levels of sedation/anesthesia. 50% of all published articles are never cited by later authors. Dr. Friedberg’s articles have been cited in >200 later articles & 50 anesthesia textbooks including Miller's Anesthesia. He received a 2007 US Congressional award for the US military adopting his propofol ketamine sedation technique for remote anesthesia care without need of anesthesia machines or large H tanks to run them. His articles are on open access ResearchGate. His earlier lectures & other educational clips appear on his YouTube channel. He is active on LinkedIn platform.

Opioid-free Anesthesia: What, Why, How

Sunday, Feb. 6
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Richard Galgon MD, MS

Dr. Galgon is a staff anesthesiologist with Dean Medical Group - SSM Health Saint Mary's Hospital - Janesville. He is the current Treasurer of the Society for Airway Management and former faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. His interests include difficult airway and advanced airway management techniques, airway management education and research, and medical device technology assessment.


Airways Management Workshop

Saturday, Feb. 5
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Scott Gilleland MD

Dr. Scott Gilleland graduated from Vanderbilt University with majors in chemistry and mathematics before attending Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, GA. He completed his anesthesia residency and adult cardiothoracic fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School teaching institution. Dr. Gilleland joined Anesthesiology Associates of Tallahassee as a board-certified anesthesiologist in summer 2019. He is currently liaison to the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Structural Heart Program and ECMO committee.

Anesthesia for a Structural Heart Program

Friday, Feb. 4
8:30 am - 9:30 am

Barys Ihnatsenka MD

Associate professor of anesthesiology at University of Florida with more than 20 years of experience. Specialized in regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine with interest in education of technical skills including use of ultrasound in anesthesia practice.


Point of Care Ultrasound Use 

Saturday, Feb. 5
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Airways Management Workshop

Saturday, Feb. 5
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Laura Knoblauch CAA, MMHSc, MBA-HA

Laura Knoblauch, CAA, MMHSc, MBA-HA, completed her CAA training at the University of Colorado, Anschutz medical campus in 2015, graduating in the first class. Following her CAA training, Laura immediately enrolled at the University of Colorado, Denver, and completed her Master of Business Administration with an emphasis on Health Administration. During her MBA training, Laura focused her education on quality in healthcare and got multiple additional certifications in quality from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Laura currently works in private practice in Denver, Colorado. Within her large national group, she sits on her local quality committee. Laura also sits on a local hospital’s Advance Practice Provider (APP) Council, which is part of a national health system. For that national health system, Laura is a trainer for all employees and contracted providers for their mandatory training to become a High Reliability Organization which is a focus on reducing patient harm, through safety first and people always.

Laura has been actively involved in the AA profession since she was a student! Laura is currently the Immediate Past President of the AAAA and the Governance Committee Chair. She is also the Vice President of the Colorado Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants.

AAAA State of Affairs & Advocacy Update (Roundtable Discussion)

Sunday, Feb. 6
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Mark Leonard CAA

Mark Leonard is one of only two mid-level anesthesia providers certified to work in the USA and UK, and currently the only one working in the United States. He joined the faculty at Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) Anesthesiology Assistant program in Tampa, in July 2018 as an Assistant Professor. He is originally a graduate from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, Physicians’ Assistant in Anaesthesia (PA(A)) program, now called Anaesthesia Associates (AA) class of 2008. After graduation, Professor Leonard practiced as a PA(A) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, a 44 OR university teaching hospital, alongside over 100 attending anaesthesiologists, and close to 100 resident anaesthesiologists. Mark Leonard has a long history of teaching physicians, PA(A)s, AA’s and many other OR related professions, and sharing the knowledge he has gained from his clinical experience. After qualification he helped developed one of the busiest ultrasound guided regional anesthesia block rooms in the United Kingdom, as well as a fast response block service to attend areas such as ED and ICU. Mark Leonard is committed to education in the field of regional anaesthesia. He has co-developed the Block GuRU App and educational posters which are distributed around the world. He has delivered teaching programs, lectures and other teaching materials all in the field of regional anaesthesia for parties across the globe. He has taught and lead many regional anaesthesia workshops around the world as well as publishing data from his hospital in the UK promoting the regional anaesthesia services delivered by his team. Dr Robert Wagner, the Associate Dean and Chair of the department of anesthesia recruited Mr Leonard from the UK to become faculty at NSU. Students from NSU’s AA programme have the option to apply for a senior clinical rotation in the UK where Mark Leonard helped to setup up a two-month rotation training in England and Wales. Six students per year were selected for this prestigious rotation where they would gain great experience in the ultrasound and awake regional anesthesia. Dr Wagner wanted to extend this expertise to all of the AA students across Tampa and Ft Lauderdale so encouraged Mr Leonard to move with his family to the US. On arrival to the states Mark took a position as assistant professor whilst also preparing for his board exams in the US, to gain qualification as a certified anaesthesiologist assistant. Mark has taken on the role of laboratory simulation director as well as director of clinical ultrasound and regional anesthesia. He is based at the Tampa Bay regional campus but travels to Ft Lauderdale and Jacksonville to deliver teaching sessions. He is currently practicing as a Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant (CAA) in Trinity, Florida, alongside his academic role at NSU. Mark Leonard lives in Odesa, Florida with his wife and two children, he has two older children living back in the UK. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family where they love to visit the beaches of Tampa and fishing the fantastic lakes, piers and coastlines around the wider Tampa area.

Essentials of Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia Workshop – Hands On Workshop

Friday, Feb. 4
8:30 am - 10:30 am

Essentials of Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access Workshop – Hands On Workshop

Friday, Feb. 4
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Linda Le-Wendling MD

Linda Le-Wendling finished residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Florida in 2006 and completed fellowship in Acute Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesiology in 2007. She is the current fellowship director for our APM&RA fellowship at the University of Florida. Linda loves learning about new regional techniques!


What is the Niche that Regional Anesthesia Fills During this Opioid Epidemic?

Saturday, Feb. 5
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Geoffrey Panjeton is a Florida native and completed all of his education and training, including a fellowship in Pain Medicine, at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He then moved to St Louis, MO to take a position as faculty at Saint Louis University as an anesthesiologist and interventional pain physician. His clinical interests include minimally invasive spine procedures and neuromodulation for patients with chronic pain. When he is able to get time away from work, he spends time with his wife and young children enjoying the outdoors.

Radiation Safety: What You Can't See Can Hurt You

Friday, Feb. 4
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Andrea Regan MSA, MSch, CAA

Andrea (Lupinetti) Regan, MSA, MSch, CAA is a Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant who spent over two decades providing anesthesia within an anesthesiologist led setting at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland Ohio prior to relocating to Jacksonville Florida. She has a wide range of experience, emphasis in cardiac and OB anesthesia, currently employed with US Anesthesia Partners and an Assistant Professor NOVA Southeastern University Jacksonville AA Program. Andrea is active in forward progression of the AA profession, higher education, safety, and increased quality of care. She recently was invited to become a member of the APSF as a member of the Clinical Deterioration Committee beginning January 2022. She is a BLS/ACLS Instructor associated with an AHA training center in Jacksonville, FL. She also has a clinical study currently in progress,Proactive Management of Intraoperative Hypotension of Diagnosed Preeclampsia in Women Undergoing Caesarean Section Under Spinal Anesthesia using ClearSite Noninvasive Continuous Hemodynamic Monitoring, with plans of publication once complete.Andrea is a 1993 graduate of Case Western Reserve University, CAA program, and currently enrolled in Doctorate of Health Sciences program at NSU. “Do what you love and call it work!”

ACLS/BLS Workshop

Sunday, Feb. 6
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Kris Tindol CAA

Kris Tindol graduated from the University of Georgia in 1996 and completed her anesthesia training at Emory University in 1999. She has been a clinical preceptor for AA students in the OR for over 15 years and has been formally involved in AA Education since 2016. She currently serves as the Program Director at South University – Savannah. She is a past president of the Georgia Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants and has also held several other leadership roles within that organization. She serves as an ARC-AA site visitor and is passionate about quality AA education and growing the profession. She still practices clinically at Memorial University Medical Center, where she has worked for over 22 years. She lives in beautiful Savannah with her husband and two teenage boys. In her spare time, Kris enjoys reading, home design, hiking, and traveling with her family.


Medication Errors and Their Prevention

Monday, Feb. 7
8:00 am - 9:00 am

Felipe Urdaneta MD

Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, VA Medical center, President of The Society for Airway management.

Airways Management Workshop

Saturday, Feb. 5
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Adam Wendling MD

Adam Wendling, MD is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Chief of Obstetric Anesthesiology at UF Health in Gainesville. He has published research including in simulation, anesthetic methods for patients with morbidly adherent placenta, carbohydrate loading prior to cesarean, current opioid use and pain outcomes after cesarean, airway management in patients with unstable cervical spines, transfusion medicine and parturients with heart disease.


OB Anesthesia

Saturday, Feb. 5
10:30 am - 11:30 am

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