Dolores Njoku, MD, a distinguished clinician, researcher, and mentor, has recently been appointed as the Board Chair for the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER). Dr. Njoku is the Rudolph L. and Mary Frances Wise Endowed Chair in Pediatric Anesthesiology and currently serves as Vice Chair in the Department of Anesthesiology, the Division Chief of Pediatric Anesthesiology, and the Anesthesiologist-in-Chief at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
“I’m delighted to step into my new role as Board Chair, embracing all the excitement and challenges that accompany it,” said Dr. Njoku. “I look forward to working alongside all of FAER’s magnificent leaders to help shape the future of the foundation and the support we offer.”
Dr. Njoku received a FAER New Investigator Award in 1999 and has been a FAER Board member since 2014. During this time, she served as the Vice Chair of the Programs Committee from 2017 to 2018 and Chair of the Grants Management Committee from 2018 to 2022. Additionally, Dr. Njoku has held various leadership roles in academic anesthesiology and societies. She currently serves as the President-Elect the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA) and Chair-Elect of the Children’s Medical Executive Committee.
The FAER Board includes 17 physicians from across the country who foster a community of anesthesiologists dedicated to advancing health through research. Their goal is to equip the next generation of physician-scientists with the tools and knowledge needed to flourish as independent investigators. For a full list of current Board members, please visit the FAER Board of Directors web site.
“FAER is at the forefront of investing in anesthesiology scientists and ensuring that Anesthesiology continues to flourish as a dynamic academic medical specialty,” said Michael S. Avidan, MBBCh, the Dr. Seymour and Rose T. Brown Professor of Anesthesiology and head of the Department of Anesthesiology. “We are fortunate to have a leader of Dr. Njoku’s caliber, commitment, and experience to take on this critically important role for our field. It also reflects very positively on WashU that our department is making such substantial national contributions.”
With Dr. Njoku as the Board Chair, FAER is poised to embark on a new chapter of innovation and growth. Her wealth of experience and longstanding commitment to advancing the field of anesthesiology will make her a dynamic leader for FAER in the years to come.