Esteemed anesthesiologist joins physician-led Texas group — 6 notes

Metropolitan Anesthesia Consultants added an acclaimed anesthesiologist to its physician-led team.

What you should know:

1. Jeffrey S. Plagenhoef, MD, joined Dallas-based Metropolitan Anesthesia Consultants after practicing in Dothan, Ala., for 25 years. There, he served as chairman of a 400-bed hospital's quality committee for almost a decade.

2. A recipient of the American Society of Anesthesiologists' Excellence in Governance Award, Dr. Plagenhoef served as ASA chairman and president, as well as a member of ASA's political action committee, board of directors, administrative council and executive committee.

3. He became an ASA fellow, which is the organization's highest achievement.

4. Dr. Plagenhoef is also a past president of the Alabama State Society of Anesthesiologists. He took the society in a new direction and gained legislative backing for physician-led anesthesia care.

5. Dr. Plagenhoef's other accomplishments include becoming the Anesthesia Quality Institute's first-ever board chairman.

6. Metropolitan Anesthesia Consultants is a group of 100-plus physicians providing anesthesia services at hospitals and surgery centers throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, which encompasses 13 counties in Texas.

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