Bio

Clinical Focus


  • Anesthesiology

Academic Appointments


Professional Education


  • Fellowship: Stanford University School of Medicine - Office of Graduate Affairs - Postdoctoral Affairs (1984) CA
  • Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine - Office of Graduate Affairs - Postdoctoral Affairs (1983) CA
  • Board Certification: Critical Care Medicine, American Board of Anesthesiology (1986)
  • Board Certification: Anesthesiology, American Board of Anesthesiology (1984)
  • Internship: New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center (1981) NY
  • Medical Education: Stanford University School of Medicine Registrar (1980) CA

Publications

All Publications


  • Motherhood and Anesthesiology: A Survey of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Anesthesia and analgesia Kraus, M. B., Dexter, F., Patel, P. V., Dodd, S. E., Thomson, H. M., Girardo, M. E., Hertzberg, L. B., Pearson, A. C. 2020

    Abstract

    The proportion of women medical school graduates in the United States has grown substantially; however, representation of women in anesthesiology lags behind. We sought to investigate factors associated with women recommending against a career in anesthesiology due to obstacles related to motherhood.We surveyed 9525 women anesthesiologist members of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) with a web-based survey distributed via e-mail. Associations between whether women would counsel against anesthesiology due to obstacles related to motherhood and 34 related categorical variables were estimated. Fisher exact test was used for categorical binary variables, and Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney test was used for ranked variables.The response rate for the primary question was 19.2%. Among the 1827 respondents to the primary question, 11.6% would counsel a female medical student against a career in anesthesiology due to obstacles pertaining to motherhood. Counseling against an anesthesiology career was not associated with ever being pregnant (P = .16), or whether a woman was pregnant during residency or fellowship training (P = .41) or during practice (P = .16). No association was found between counseling against anesthesiology and training factors: total number of weeks of maternity leave (P = .18), the percentage of women faculty (P = .96) or residents (P = .34), or the number of pregnant coresidents (P = .66). Counseling against a career in anesthesiology was significantly associated with whether respondents' desired age of childbearing/motherhood and desired number of children were adversely affected by work demands (with Bonferroni adjustment for the 34 comparisons, both P < .0001). The risk ratio of respondents whose desired childbearing age and desired number of children were affected by work demands counseling against a career in anesthesiology was 5.1 compared to women whose desired childbearing age and desired number of children were not affected (99% confidence interval [CI], 3.3-7.9; P < .0001; odds ratio, 6.2).In this study of 1827 women anesthesiologists, approximately 1 in 10 would counsel a student against a career in anesthesiology due to obstacles pertaining to motherhood, and this was associated with altering one's timing and number of children due to job demands. Further research is needed to understand how women's perception of a career in anesthesiology is related to factors influencing personal choices. Understanding women's perceptions of motherhood in anesthesiology may help leaders support career longevity and personal satisfaction in this growing cohort of anesthesiologists.

    View details for DOI 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004615

    View details for PubMedID 31923001

  • Pilot Survey of Female Anesthesiologists' Childbearing and Parental Leave Experiences. Anesthesia and analgesia Pearson, A. C., Dodd, S. E., Kraus, M. B., Ondecko Ligda, K. M., Hertzberg, L. B., Patel, P. V., Chandrabose, R. K. 2019; 128 (6): e109–e112

    Abstract

    While the literature regarding physicians' childbearing experiences is growing, there are no studies documenting those of anesthesiologists. We surveyed a convenience sample of 72 female anesthesiologists to obtain pilot data. Sixty-six women completed the survey (91.7% response rate), reporting 113 total births from before 1990 to present. Of all birth experiences, proportions of respondents reporting parental leave, lactation facilities, and lactation duration as adequate were 52.3%, 45.2%, and 58.3%, respectively. Most mothers (51.8%) gave birth to their first child while they were trainees. The majority (94.9%) favored an official statement supporting parental leave. These results may serve as groundwork for larger studies.

    View details for DOI 10.1213/ANE.0000000000003802

    View details for PubMedID 31094811

  • Pilot Survey of Female Anesthesiologists' Childbearing and Parental Leave Experiences. Anesthesia and analgesia Pearson, A. C., Dodd, S. E., Kraus, M. B., Ondecko Ligda, K. M., Hertzberg, L. B., Patel, P. V., Chandrabose, R. K. 2018

    Abstract

    While the literature regarding physicians' childbearing experiences is growing, there are no studies documenting those of anesthesiologists. We surveyed a convenience sample of 72 female anesthesiologists to obtain pilot data. Sixty-six women completed the survey (91.7% response rate), reporting 113 total births from before 1990 to present. Of all birth experiences, proportions of respondents reporting parental leave, lactation facilities, and lactation duration as adequate were 52.3%, 45.2%, and 58.3%, respectively. Most mothers (51.8%) gave birth to their first child while they were trainees. The majority (94.9%) favored an official statement supporting parental leave. These results may serve as groundwork for larger studies.

    View details for PubMedID 30273232

  • PILOT SURVEY OF FEMALE ANESTHESIOLOGISTS' CHILDBEARING AND PARENTAL LEAVE EXPERIENCES Dodd, S. E., Pearson, A. C., Kraus, M. B., Ondecko-Ligda, K., Hertzberg, L. B., Patel, P. V., Chandrabose, R. K. LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS. 2018: 258–60
  • ACUTE ADRENAL INSUFFICIENCY IN A PATIENT WITH APPENDICITIS DURING ANESTHESIA ANESTHESIOLOGY HERTZBERG, L. B., Shulman, M. S. 1985; 62 (4): 517-519

    View details for Web of Science ID A1985AEW5400026

    View details for PubMedID 2984963