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Medical Leader and Diversity Advocate to Head Anesthesiology

Errol P. Lobo, MD, PhD, will Chair Department of Anesthesiology at Cedars-Sinai, Promoting Faculty Development, Research and Clinical Excellence

After a comprehensive national search, Cedars-Sinai has selected respected academic leader, anesthesiologist and diversity advocate Errol P. Lobo, MD, PhD, as chair of the Department of Anesthesiology.

"Dr. Lobo joins our clinical leadership and will lead integration and coordination of our highest-quality services between Anesthesiology and other relevant departments and service lines," said Shlomo Melmed, MB, ChB, executive vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of the Medical Faculty at Cedars-Sinai. "He will oversee faculty growth and development, as well as departmental research and training programs, as he furthers our quest for clinical excellence."

Lobo comes to Cedars-Sinai from the University of California, San Francisco, where he is currently vice president of Perioperative Services, outgoing president of the Medical Staff, and professor of Clinical Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at the UCSF School of Medicine. There, he has managed quality improvement, patient safety and strategic planning initiatives, overseen medical staff development and played a prominent role in clinical and transformational research.

At UCSF and within the University of California system, Lobo has made public service a priority, fostering successful diversity and inclusion programs and spearheading a dramatic increase in the number of women and members of underrepresented groups admitted to the UCSF School of Medicine. He was a member of key UCSF committees, including the Policy Board on Student Outreach and Recruitment, the Minority Mentorship Group and chair of the Committee on Equal Opportunity in the Academic Senate. In recognition of his tireless efforts, he was awarded the first-ever Martin Luther King Jr. Award for his longstanding, inspiring societal leadership.

Lobo received his medical degree and doctorate in experimental pathology from UCSF, where he also completed his anesthesia training. A highly respected senior academic leader and an active member of major anesthesia societies, he has published with—and lectured before—the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the International Anesthesia Research Society, among others. He is a recipient of the Excellent Physician Award for his clinical skills and leadership for UCSF Perioperative Services.

Beginning Oct. 1, Lobo will oversee the Cedars-Sinai Department of Anesthesiology's work in providing the highest quality anesthesia care to patients while advancing the science of the specialty through research and teaching.