Women in the ASC industry: 5 physician leaders to know

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The following are five female physician leaders to know in the ASC industry:

Meena Desai, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist. She is managing partner, president and CEO of Nova Anesthesia Professionals, which provides physician and CRNA anesthesia services to ASCs, endoscopy centers and specialty hospitals and is responsible for approximately 45,000 anesthetics yearly. Dr. Desai has also authored several books and articles on anesthesiology, lectures on anesthesia and surgery-related topics and consults on anesthesia-related projects for medical practices. Dr. Desai earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) and completed a residency in anesthesiology at Temple University (Philadelphia). She is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology, Society of Ambulatory Anesthesia and International Society of Anesthesiology.

Carol Mitchell-Springer, MD, is a board-certified OB/GYN physician and a partner of Surgery Center of Anchorage in Alaska. She has been in private practice with Alaska Women's Health in Anchorage since 1993, and she currently serves as the practice's president. She focuses on urogynecology and gynecology. She earned her medical degree from Oregon Health Sciences University and completed her residency at Oregon Health Sciences. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and American Urogynecologic Society.

Joan F. O'Shea, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon who focuses on orthopedic spine surgery. She is founder of the Spine Institute of Southern New Jersey in Marlton. In addition to her work at her ASC, Dr. O'Shea teaches spine surgery to other neurosurgeons. She has been the invited lecturer at the American Association of Neurologic Surgeons to teach lumboscral fusion techniques since 1996. She earned her medical degree at SUNY Upstate Health Center in Syracuse, N.Y., and completed a residency in neurological surgery at New York-based Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. O'Shea completed a fellowship in orthopedic spine surgery at the Hospital for Joint Disease and The Spine Institute of New York at Beth Israel Medical Center, both in New York.

Toni R. Patterson, DO, is an American Osteopathy Board-certified anesthesiologist and medical director of Mid-Rivers Surgery Center in Saint Peters, Mo. Dr. Patterson is also a physician with Physician Anesthesia Services in Chesterfield, Mo. She served as the American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists 2012-2013 president and received the AOCA Distinguished Service Award in October 2013. Dr. Patterson earned her osteopathy degree from the A. T. Still University Kirksville (Mo.) College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has been in practice for 35 years.

Kimberly Wood, MD, is co-chair of the ASC Quality Collaboration. She is also the founder of kmdWOOD, which provides consulting services to the ASC industry. She has participated in several collaborative and cooperative initiatives, including the ASC Advocacy Committee and the ASC Coalition.

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