The American Board of Anesthesiology® (ABA) was established by physicians in 1938 to certify practicing anesthesiologists. Our mission is to advance the highest standards of the practice of anesthesiology. We administer primary and subspecialty certification exams, and the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program. MOCA is designed to promote lifelong learning, a commitment to quality clinical outcomes and patient safety.  We maintain a consistently high bar for our specialty, and our diplomates are committed to holding themselves to the highest standards.

We work to remain at the forefront of innovation to provide high-quality patient care. We are 50,000-plus practicing anesthesiologists, working together to provide the best care possible for every patient, every day. Learn more…

Contributor Bios

Deborah J. Culley, M.D., ABA Secretary

Dr. Culley is an attending physician and vice chair of research at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and an associate professor of anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. She is secretary of the ABA’s Board of Directors and serves on the Board’s Credentialing and Continuing Certification and Research Committees.

Mark T. Keegan, M.B., B.Ch. ABA Director

Dr. Keegan is a professor of anesthesiology and full-time clinician, who works as a consultant anesthesiologist and intensivist in the operating rooms and intensive care units at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He is a director of the ABA and serves on the Research, Assessments, In-Training Examination, Standardized Oral Examination and Critical Care Medicine Examination Committees. 

Rupa J. Dainer, M.D., ABA Director

Dr. Dainer is medical director and chief strategy officer at the Pediatrics Specialists of Virginia. She served honorably as a commander in the United States Navy until her end of service in October 2015. She is a director of the ABA, serves as chair of its Standardized Oral Examination Committee and is a member of the Credentialing and Continuing Certification, Research, Pediatric Anesthesiology MOCA Minute and Pediatric Anesthesiology Examination Committees. She also serves as the director liaison for the MOCA 3.0 Users’ Group.

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Amanda Kirzner, D.O.

Dr. Kirzner is a board-certified anesthesiologist working on Long Island, New York. She completed her residency training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. 


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Maggie Coffield, D.O.

Dr. Coffield is a current pediatric anesthesiology fellow at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. At the completion of her fellowship, she will be joining the faculty of Arkansas Children’s Hospital as an Assistant Professor.


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Amy Pearson, M.D.

Dr. Pearson is an assistant professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Iowa. She is the current president of Women in Anesthesiology.

Emma L. Swanson-01

Emma L. Swanson, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Swanson is currently chief resident at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

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Mukesh Sahu, M.D.

Dr. Sahu is a board-certified anesthesiologist who attended medical school at UCSF before completing his anesthesiology residency at UC Davis Medical Center.  He has been in practice in Sacramento, CA for just over ten years, enjoying a diverse case load at a busy hospital within the Kaiser Permanente Health System.

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