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. President

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 president of the ABA and serves on its 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.

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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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Josh Lumbley, M.D., MBOE, FASA Chief Quality Officer, NorthStar Anesthesia

​Dr. Lumbley is an experienced private practitioner and holds a master’s degree in Business Operational Excellence from The Ohio State University.  Dr. Lumbley was previously a fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, informing congressional health policy and most recently served as Senior Vice President of Physician Services and Chief Medical Officer for NorthStar’s North Division. He lives in Columbus, OH with his wife, Katie, and their two daughters, Emma (7) and Arden (4).

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Alex Macario, M.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Macario a professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, and, by courtesy, health research and policy at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He also serves as vice-chair for Education and program director for the Anesthesia Residency. Dr. Macario is a director of the ABA, serves as chair of the Research Committee and is a member of the Credentialing and Continuing Certification and OSCE Committees.

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David O. Warner, M.D.

Dr. Warner is a professor of anesthesiology, clinician investigator and consultant for the department of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he practices pediatric anesthesiology. He is also the associate dean for Faculty Affairs for the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, and is the associate director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences. He is a director of the ABA, serves as the Board’s secretary and on the Credentialing and Continuing Certification, OSCE, ADVANCED Exam, and STEEP Advisory Committees.

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Mark Warner, M.D.

Dr. Warner is a professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic. In his institution, he has served as chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, the physician leader of its hospitals, executive dean of its College of Medicine and Science, and a member of its Board of Governors.

Dr. Warner has served in the leadership of several national anesthesiology organizations. He is a past president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Board of Anesthesiology, and the Academy of Anesthesiology. He currently serves as president of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation.


George S. Bause, M.D., M.P.H., D.A.B.A.

Dr. Bause earned his M.P.H. (Epidemiology) and M.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Following his Hopkins rotating internship and residency in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, he drafted America’s first fellowship in geriatric anesthesiology (1984-85, NIH-Hopkins). After teaching at Yale (1985-92) as an associate professor, Dr. Bause served in Cleveland as both Whitacre Director of Anesthesiology Education at historic Huron (Road) Hospital and clinical associate professor in the Case Western Reserve University Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine. After founding anesthesia departmental museums at Johns Hopkins and at Yale, Dr. Bause has served as the honorary curator (1987-current) of the ASA’s Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology (WLM). He has shipped or hand-carried rare books or anesthesia antiques back to the WLM from all seven continents. Dr. Bause has also served as an associate editor of Anesthesiology, a guest editor of Anesthesia & Analgesia, and as founding deputy editor of the Journal of Anesthesia History. Some of his 900-plus publications on the history of anesthesia have garnered awards, including multiple David Little, Jr., Prizes (USA) as well as the inaugural David Zuck Memorial Prize (UK). In 2016, the internationally constituted WLM Laureate Committee honored Dr. Bause as a Laureate of the History of Anesthesia. He received the WLM’s Distinguished Service Award in 2019. Dr. Bause is a proud Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology.

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