The New Jersey State Society of Anesthesiologists Congratulates New Officers
Amanda Burden, MD, FASA, FSSH
New Jersey State Society of Anesthesiologists congratulates Amanda Burden, FASA, FSSH, Professor of Anesthesiology, Vice Chair & Chief of Faculty Affairs, Director of Clinical Skills and Simulation at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and Cooper University Healthcare on her election as President of NJSSA. Dr. Burden is a graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine and completed her training in anesthesiology and pediatric anesthesiology at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2003. Dr. Burden’s research and publications address the use of simulation to explore a range of physician education, teamwork, healthcare quality, and patient safety issues. She has received funding from the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to study educational methods to improve teamwork and decision making during crises. She has been an invited speaker at national and international anesthesiology meetings as well as at the United States Department of Education and White House Office of Science and Technology to discuss patient safety strategies and simulation education. Working with a diverse team, Dr. Burden built and directs a successful multidisciplinary interprofessional simulation program and laboratory at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and Cooper University Healthcare. She is a member of the Performance Improvement and Morbidity and Mortality Committees and serves as Chair for the Appointments and Promotions Committee for the Department of Anesthesiology, and is a member of the Appointments and Promotions Committee for Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Dr. Burden serves the American Board of Anesthesiology as a Senior Editor of the Standardized Oral Examination and as a Senior Oral Board Examiner, is a member of the Scientific Evaluation Committee for the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the American Society of Anesthesiologists' Editorial Board for Simulation-based Training.
Vice President 
Richard Colavita, MD, MBA, FASA
Richard Colavita, MD, MBA, FASA, is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine, trained in pediatrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital and in anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He currently is the Chief of Anesthesiology at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ. 
Walter Lapicki, DO, FASA
Walter Lapicki, DO, FASA, graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his Internship at JFK Medical Center, and a residency in anesthesiology at St. Joseph’s Medical Center where he was Chief Resident. He is the founder and managing partner of Hunterdon Anesthesiologists in Flemington NJ. He is also the Founder and President of Healthcare Billing Consultants and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Hunterdon Health where he has served in that role since 1981. 
Maggie Ho, DO
Maggie Ho, DO, graduated from New York Osteopathic Medicine (NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine) and completed her anesthesiology residency at Stonybrook Medicine, University Hospital. After completing her residency, Dr. Ho went on to spend most of her career in private practice where she was Vice Chairperson of her group and Chairwoman at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, NJ. During her tenure, she was a champion in creating the highest standards of practice through data collection and quality improvement. Her oversight of the clinical practice helped grow the practice to providing care at three hospital systems and multiple surgical centers. She continues to work in private practice at several locations in both New Jersey and New York.
Past President
Gregg Lobel, MD, FASA, FAAP
Gregg Lobel, MD, FASA, FAAP, is the Chief, Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Pain Management and Hyperbaric Medicine at Englewood Health in Englewood, NJ. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York.
He serves as the Medical Co-Director of the Berrie Ambulatory Surgery Center at Englewood Health, He has served as President of the Medical Staff at Englewood Health and is currently the Past President for the New Jersey State Society of Anesthesiologists (NJSSA). He currently serves as a member of the Committee on Patient Blood Management (CPBM) for the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), and a member of the Medical Education Committee, OR Committee, Surgical PPE Committee, Blood Utilization Committee and Performance Excellence Steering Committee at Englewood Health.  In addition, he is a current member of the Englewood Health System Board.
He received the Healing the Children, Sue Tiger Memorial Award in 2017; a TeamHealth, Facility Medical Director of the Year, Anesthesiology, Award in 2020 and has been chosen New Jersey Monthly, Top Docs from 2017-2021. 
Dr. Lobel received his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in 1992. He completed his Internship in Internal Medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine and he was a Resident in Anesthesiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center from 1993 to 1995.   He served as Chief Resident at Mount Sinai Medical Center in 1996.   He completed his Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology in 1997 at Children’s Memorial Hospital (Northwestern University) in Chicago. 

The NJSSA Officers are honored to be elected to these roles and look forward to serving the members of our New Jersey Society. We are committed to bringing the best care to our patients and to our anesthesiology community. 

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