2024 SOAP Fundamentals Speakers

Novette Berntson, CRNA 

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Beth Clayton, DNP
Beth Clayton, DNP, CRNA, FAANA, FAAN
Beth Ann Clayton is the Program Director for the University of Cincinnati Nurse Anesthesia Program. She leads over 80 students in doctorate level nurse anesthesia programing, with 10 didactic faculty and approximately 80 CRNA clinical faculty members over 19 clinical sites. Beth has delivered more than 150 lectures to broad audiences of nurses and physicians across the U.S. and in Europe on obstetric anesthesia, neuraxial anesthesia techniques, pharmacology, and medicolegal considerations.  She has hosted clinical skills workshops and co-authored several peer reviewed publications.

Beth is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology.  She is a primary author of the AANA Practice Guidelines Analgesia and Anesthesia for the Obstetric Patient and a member of the AANA Foundation Closed Malpractice Claims Review Team. Beth is appointed to Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC).  She served as the AANA representative to the ACOG Council on Patient Safety for Women’s Health Care and the National Quality Forum Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Committee.  

Carlos Delgado, MD Carlos Delgado, MD  Carlos Delgado, MD

Associate Professor
Associate Director, Obstetric Anesthesia
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine - University of Washington
Clinical and research interests: labor pain relief, management of high-risk pregnancies, and clinical outcomes and modes of delivery of labor analgesia.

Antonio Gonzalez-Fiol, MD 
Dr. Antonio Gonzalez-Fiol is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and the Director of the Obstetrics Anesthesia Fellowship at Yale New Haven Hospital. His research interests include point-of-care viscoelastic testing and POCUS, mainly ultrasound-guided neuraxial procedures. 

Jennifer Hoayek, MD 

Dr. Hoayek is currently an Assistant professor of Anesthesiology in Houston. I have completed a dual fellowship training in Obstetric and Pediatric Anesthesia, with special emphasis in Fetal Anesthesia. In this role, she has had the privilege to care for all pregnant women and their babies, and also perform some of the most complex and unique Fetal procedures including complex Ex-utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT), In-utero treatment Fetal treatment of Vein of Galen malformations (VOGM), Fetal Myelomeningocele repairs, Fetoscopic endotracheal occlusion (FETO) and so on.

Dr. Hoayek enjoys balancing between working in Obstetric, Pediatric and Fetal anesthesiology and research. This gives her a unique perspective into the maternal-fetal world and allows me to innovate when it comes to research and clinical care for all pregnant patients and their babies including those undergoing in-utero procedures. She is the recipient of the Research Time Award 2 years in a row for two of her projects on pregnant women with morbidly adherent placenta (MAP) and pain management for fetal MMC repairs. 

Dr. Hoayek is an active member of multiple societies including SOAP, ASA, SPA, SEA and ESAIC. She has been elected to the 2024-25 Board of Directors at SOAP as Director with less than 5 years in Practice. She is also a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity subcommittees on Community and Patient Engagement as well as Pathway Programs and Mentorship. Additionally, she serves on the SOAP ABA Certification Task Force, which is working on consideration of Obstetric Anesthesiology sub-specialty for board certification.

Paige Keasler, MD  

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John Kowalczyck, MD 
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Ruth Landau, MD 

Dr. Ruthi Landau is the Virginia Apgar Professor of Anesthesiology and serves as the Division Chief of Obstetric Anesthesia at Columbia University in New York.

She is a Past-President of SOAP and serves on the Editorial Board of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (RAPM), Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine (ACCPM), and the International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia (IJOA).

She has authored over 150 articles and is invited to lecture on genomics and anesthesia, optimized labor analgesia, enhanced recovery after cesarean delivery, the opioid crisis, managing obstetric patients during COVID-19, and ethnic/racial disparities in maternal health care.

Emery McCrory, MD

Dr. Emery McCrory attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both undergraduate education and medical school. She then joined Northwestern for her anesthesiology residency and was one of the chief residents, graduating in 2019. Following residency, Dr. McCrory pursued an obstetric anesthesiology fellowship at Northwestern and upon completion, joined the faculty. Dr. McCrory is presently an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and the Medical Director of Obstetric Anesthesiology at Northwestern Medicine. 

Marie-Louise Meng, MD 
 Marie-Louise Meng is a cardiothoracic and obstetric anesthesiologist at Duke. Marie-Louise completed fellowships in both obstetric anesthesia and adult cardiothoracic anesthesia at Columbia University in New York. Her research at Duke focuses on both cardiac disease in pregnant women and preeclampsia.

Greg Palleschi, MD 
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Sharon Reale, MD  
Sharon Reale is a faculty member at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Originally from Texas, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed anesthesiology residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by obstetric anesthesia fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Sharon has an interest in trainee education and serves as fellowship program director and director of resident education for the obstetric anesthesia division. Sharon’s research focuses on leveraging large databases to study maternal morbidity and mortality, including rare comorbidities and outcomes. 

Cynthia Wong, MD

Dr. Wong is a Professor of Anesthesia, Chair and DEO of the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa, USA. Dr. Wong is an obstetric anesthesiologist whose research interests revolve around labor analgesia and its effects on the progress of labor and fetal status, epidural labor analgesia, as well as anesthesia for cesarean delivery and postoperative analgesia. She and her group have published several seminal studies that have changed the practice of obstetric anesthesia. Dr. Wong is on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Anaesthesia and is an editor of the International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia. She has edited several major textbooks, including Chestnut’s Obstetric Anesthesia, Principles and Practice, and has authored multiple book chapters in major anesthesiology and obstetric textbooks. Dr. Wong is also an active educator, lecturing worldwide. She is currently the Chair of the ABA MOCA Minute Committee. Other interests include malignant hyperthermia; she has served as an MH Hotline consultant for many years. She is currently the President-Elect of the Society for Academic Associations of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine (SAAAPM).