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Fall 2005 Newsletter (PDF)
Lee Fleisher, MD Elected to the Institute of Medicine

In October 2007, the Institute of Medicine, the medical component of the National Academy of Sciences, announced the election of 65 new members, including the Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Lee Fleisher, MD.

This is a major recognition for the Department, the School of Medicine, the University, our specialty and of course for Dr. Fleisher himself. Very few individuals ever achieve this recognition; there are only about a dozen anesthesiologists who are members of the Insitute of Medicine, many of whom are retired, and it places the Penn Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care among a unique group of departments that are headed by an IOM member.

"It is a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished and influential individuals to the Institute of Medicine," said IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg. "Members are elected through a highly selective process that recognizes people who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. Election is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of medicine and health."

Establishment of the Brett B. Gutsche, MD Lectureship

(October, 2007) Dr. Gutsche has served as a teacher and educator to a countless number of residents and medical students. This January 2, 2008, Dr. Brett Gutsche will have worked at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for 38 years.

Every resident, fellow, or faculty member from the Department of Anesthesiology over the years has a special memory of Dr. Gutsche. Dr. Gutsche has worked at HUP, CHOP, Penn Presbyterian, Graduate, and the VA. He has trained numerous individuals and is the only one to have trained a past, present, and future president of the ASA.

Dr. Gutsche has been president of SOAP and has attended all meetings since its incorporation in 1969 except one -- when his daughter graduated. His name is well incorporated in the lexicon at Penn and all know the Gutsche hug, the Gutsche Bag, Gutscheland, and a Gutsche level. He and and his wife Mary have raised three children and are now the proud grandparents of four grandchildren.

The Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care and Obstetrics and Gynecology have joined together to establish the Brett B. Gutsche, MD Lectureship to honor Dr. Gutsche’s contributions to the Departments and to the educational mission of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.