Articles  |   October 2015
Lewis H. Wright Memorial Lecture: Kirk J. Hogan, M.D., J.D., to Present ‘Cognitive Changes After Surgery: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
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  • Susan A. Vassallo, M.D.
    Lewis H. Wright Memorial Lecture Committee Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology
    Chair
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Articles   |   October 2015
Lewis H. Wright Memorial Lecture: Kirk J. Hogan, M.D., J.D., to Present ‘Cognitive Changes After Surgery: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
ASA Monitor 10 2015, Vol.79, 22-23.
ASA Monitor 10 2015, Vol.79, 22-23.
The Lewis H. Wright Memorial Lecture is sponsored annually by the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology (WLM) and honors its namesake, who was a pioneer in American anesthesiology. Dr. Wright was committed to enhancing the stature of anesthesiology as a clinical science and as an advanced medical specialty. He was a founding member of the WLM Board of Trustees and later served as its president emeritus. In 1973, the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists endowed this lectureship to honor Dr. Wright, who died the following year.
This year’s distinguished guest is Kirk Hogan M.D., J.D., Professor, Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Hogan’s undergraduate, graduate, internship and residency education all were received at the University of Wisconsin; he completed a B.S. in anthropology in 1972, an M.D. in 1976, an internship in 1977, a residency in anesthesiology in 1986, and a J.D. in 2003. Dr. Hogan spent two years (1977-79) in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) working for the Indian Health Service at Crow Agency and Fort Belknap, Montana, and Sells, Arizona, among other locales. During this stint, he was a primary care physician, delivering babies, treating gunshot, motor vehicle and rodeo injuries, caring for people with chronic diseases such as tuberculosis and diabetes, and practicing broad-spectrum pediatrics. From 1979-82, Dr. Hogan provided rural emergency medical care in six small Wisconsin towns while completing two clinical fellowships studying neurogenetics, clinical neurophysiology and biostatistics, and organizing an intra-operative neuro-monitoring service (1980-84). He and his colleagues also used auditory and somatosensory evoked potentials to detect pre-symptomatic genetic carriers of familial neurodegenerative diseases. When it became possible to directly clone and sequence human DNA, Dr. Hogan embarked on a lifelong mission to investigate the genetic basis of both common and rare disorders.
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