Letter to the Editor  |   February 2015
In Defense of the Older Anesthesiologist
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  • David A. Cross, M.D.
    Temple, Texas
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Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor   |   February 2015
In Defense of the Older Anesthesiologist
ASA Monitor 02 2015, Vol.79, 66.
ASA Monitor 02 2015, Vol.79, 66.
I would caution practices to avoid a “one-size-fits-all” approach to the older anesthesiologist. I am 72, as healthy and active as I was at 35, recertified voluntarily in 2008, and practice 90 percent of my time. I take both weekend and night call. I am the only anesthesiologist in my department who interrogates and reprograms CIEDs for surgery and am regularly assigned to staff a wide variety of cases, including vascular, chest, neurosurgery and OB. Nobody has suggested that my mental capabilities are declining. I have never been in court as a defendant. I am still one of the more productive members of my department.
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