The Jerome H. Modell, M.D., – Dinesh O. Shah, Ph.D., Annual Lecture in Anesthesiology returned this year after a three-year hiatus. The third annual lecture featured a discussion on artificial intelligence in anesthesiology presented by Maxime Cannesson, M.D., Ph.D.
The lecture, titled “Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems in Anesthesiology”, was well attended by faculty and staff, including Shirley Graves, M.D., emeritus professor of anesthesiology and widow of Modell, who passed away in 2020.
François Modave, Ph.D., professor and associate chair for research, attended the lecture and expressed his gratitude to Cannesson for traveling across the country to present to our department. “Dr. Cannesson gave a phenomenal talk not only on the use of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems in perioperative medicine,” Modave said, “but also the future of medicine in the era of AI.” Greg Janelle, M.D., interim chair for the department, along with Modave and Graves, presented Cannesson a plaque in appreciation.
Cannesson is professor and chair of the UCLA Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. He has over sixteen years of experience in academic medicine, leadership, education, research, quality, and technology development. Cannesson strives to leverage health-informatics, artificial intelligence, and telemedicine to improve patient outcome and experience, and lead the way in digital health, data sciences, and computational medicine while reducing waste, fostering fiscal discipline, and rechanneling physician focus away from computers toward a more humanistic and inclusive medicine.
The Modell-Shah lecture series is funded by Shah, emeritus professor of anesthesiology. Modell, former chair for the Department of Anesthesiology, recruited Shah to join the department almost 50 years ago.