Alexander Hannenberg, MD

Dr. Hannenberg is the Chief Quality Officer of the ASA and associate chairman of the Department of Anesthesia at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass. He is also past Chair of CSPS.

Dr. Hannenberg is the president and founder of the ASA Charitable Foundation, which aims to improve health and medical care in under-served communities by advancing the quality of anesthesia care.

Following the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Dr. Hannenberg became a champion of global health and humanitarian outreach. During this time, he worked to develop a coordinated response to deliver medical aid to the people of Haiti. In late 2012, Dr. Hannenberg was instrumental in the creation of Lifebox USA, a not-for-profit organization that improves anesthesia safety in low income countries by providing pulse oximeters, a standard medical device that measures the level of oxygen in a patient’s blood, and encouraging the use of simple safety checklists that help to reduce surgical complications and mortality such as the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist.

He is a past ASA president and served as chair of the Committee on Economics and vice president for Professional Affairs. During his tenure at ASA, Dr. Hannenberg has contributed to the creation of the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI) and the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR). He has also held positions within the American Board of Anesthesiology, Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists, Massachusetts Medical Society and American Medical Association.

Dr. Hannenberg is a clinical professor of anesthesiology at Tufts University School of Medicine and a senior research scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Ariadne Labs) in Boston. He served on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) for nine years. Through his work with FAER, he recognized the need to create interest in anesthesiology research among medical students and introduced the FAER Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship Program. To date, 569 medical students and 60 anesthesia departments have participated in this eight week-long program.

Dr. Hannenberg received his medical degree from Tufts University and completed his residency in anesthesiology at Beth Israel Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston. He also completed the Hospital Leadership Development Program at Harvard Business School.