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‘Top Docs’ addresses need for physician-led anesthesiology teams
The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs’ show addresses the crucial need for physician-led anesthesiology teams, and it features Suzanne Blaylock, M.D. – the president of the Alabama Society of Anesthesiologists – and guest host Jungmin “Daniel” On, M.D., a MAG member and a transitional year resident at Northside Hospital Gwinnett.
Dr. Blaylock discusses…
– The crucial need for physician-led anesthesia care
– The differences between anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists
– The composition and roles of a typical anesthesiology team
– The risks associated with allowing nurse anesthetists to practice independently
– Efforts to change nurse anesthetists’ titles to nurse anesthesiologists
– Whether nurse anesthetists should be allowed to practice without physician oversight 
– How to be an effective advocate for physician-led anesthesia care
Dr. Blaylock has been with the Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield since 1992. She is the hospital’s chief of anesthesiology. Dr. Blaylock has associate and bachelor’s degrees in nursing and nurse anesthesia, she has a medical degree from the Alabama School of Medicine, and she completed her residency at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham. 
Dr. On graduated from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University in 2021. In addition to MAG, he is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology and the Georgia Society of Anesthesiology.
Between downloads and live listeners, ‘Top Docs’ has now reached more than 2.5 listeners and viewers – which includes people in all 50 states and more than 80 countries. MAG has won four awards for the show, including an American Association of Medical Society Executives Profiles of Excellence Award, an American Society of Association Executives Silver Award, and two Health Information Resource Center Digital Health Awards.
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ASA ‘Statement on the Anesthesia Care Team’
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The views of the guests who appear on ‘Top Docs’ are theirs and aren’t necessarily consistent with MAG’s policies or positions. Contact Tom Kornegay at with questions about MAG’s ‘Top Docs’ show.
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