Spring 2019 Meeting in Richmond

Anesthesia History Association 2019 Annual Spring Meeting

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Welcome to Richmond, VA!  Dr. Christa Riley and Dr. John Butterworth IV and the VCU Health Department of Anesthesiology cordially invite you to join us for the 2019 Annual Spring Meeting of the Anesthesia History Association.  Our meeting will be held April 25-27, 2019 at the Hilton Richmond Downtown and will include an introduction to Richmond’s rich history.

The Hilton Richmond Downtown is located in the original building of the Miller and Rhoads flagship department store.  Many of the features of the original department store were maintained including floor to ceiling windows in most of the rooms.

A block of rooms has been reserved for the event at the rate of $159 per night until March 25, 2019.  A few rooms have been held a day before and a day after the meeting for those who would like to extend their visit to Richmond.  Parking is valet only and is $18 per day.  There is a free shuttle from the hotel to any location within a 2-mile radius which will get you to many places of interest in Richmond.

Please google Hilton Richmond Downtown for more information about the hotel amenities.

Reservations can be made by copying and pasting following address into your browser: https://book.passkey.com/go/AnesthesiaHistoryAsn

Reservations can also be made at the Hilton Richmond Downtown by calling 1-800-HILTONS and booking under “Anesthesia History Association”.

Meeting Objectives

  1. Identify and describe historical aspects of anesthesia and other medical techniques and their relationship to modern-day practice.  (Change in knowledge)
  2. Learn and analyze the history of important medical discoveries as they relate to present day issues.  (Change in competence)
  3. Develop useful perspectives on contributions made by individuals to the development of anesthesia.  (Change in knowledge)

The Meeting Itinerary:

Thursday – April 25, 2019

  • Meeting Registration 1-3:30 PM
  • Virginia Museum of History & Culture 4-10 PM (transportation included)
  • Guided tour of museum followed by reception in the Cabell Gallery.  Dinner and Lecture in the Halsey Lecture Hall.

Friday – April 26, 2019

  • Abstract Presentations in Morning and Afternoon. Patrick Sim Memorial Lecture.
  • Hilton Richmond Downtown 6-10 PM
  • Reception 5:30-6:30 PM with Dinner 7-8 PM
  • Keynote Speaker 8 PM

Saturday – April 27, 2019

  • Abstract Presentations in Morning
  • Closing Remarks 11 AM
  • St. John’s Church 1-3 PM (lunch & transportation included)

We will travel to St. John’s Church where we will enjoy a private re-enactment of Patrick Henry’s “Liberty or Death” speech that he gave to the Second Virginia Revolutionary Convention meeting on March 23, 1775.

  • Chimborazo Medical Museum and Cemetery Tour 3-7 PM (transportation included)

A more detailed itinerary will be provided at the meeting registration.

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Meredith Henne Baker

Meredith Henne Baker is a historian of the American South (THE RICHMOND THEATER FIRE: EARLY AMERICA’S FIRST GREAT DISASTER, LSU Press, 2012), hailed by critics for her storytelling ability and attention to historical detail. She received two national writing awards, including the Jules and Frances F. Landry Award (an honor shared with John Hope Franklin, Drew Gilpin Faust, and Robert Penn Warren, among other notable American writers). NYT bestselling historian Nancy Isenberg calls her work “gracefully written” and the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography declares it “smart and responsible popular history…impressively researched.” As a graduate student, Meredith Henne Baker studied American History and Museum Studies at the College of William and Mary, and it was there she uncovered the story of the Richmond Theater Fire and earned her MA in American History and an NAIHD Museum Studies certificate.

Meredith is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta history honorary society, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the James River Writers. A former museum educator, boarding school teacher and urban public-school administrator, Meredith works as a freelance writer and editor. She lives with her family of fellow history nerds (a Navy officer husband and three children ages 4-9) near Richmond, Virginia, where they are frequently found tromping through old battlefields, prowling around historic cemeteries, and checking out too many books at the library.

Please check out her book at www.theaterfirebook.com.

Dr. Julian Maxwell Hayter, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond

Dr. Julian Hayter is a historian whose research focuses on modern U.S. history, American political development, African American history, and the American civil rights movement.

More specifically, his writing and research draws attention to mid-20th century voting rights in Richmond, Virginia and in the border South; the implementation of the Voting Rights Act; and the unintended consequences of African American political empowerment and governance post-1965.

He is the author of The Dream is Lost: Voting Rights and the Politics of Race in Richmond, Virginia. His work has been published in the Journal of Policy History and Richmond Journal of Law and Public Interest. He also contributes regularly to national and local media outlets.

As a professor in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, he teaches courses such as Leadership and the Humanities, Justice and Civil Society, and Reimagining Richmond (an urban history of Richmond and the city’s contribution to the freedom struggle).  In that capacity, he was named Faculty Member of the Year in 2013-14 by the Richmond College Student Government Association and received a Distinguished Educator Award in 2018.

Travel to Richmond:

Richmond International Airport (RIC) is 15 minutes from downtown Richmond and is served by Delta, American, United, JetBlue, Southwest, Allegiant, and Spirit.  Uber or Lyft will be the most economical way to reach the hotel.

Richmond enjoys regular train service from the NE and you will want to get off at Staples Mill Station.

If you are driving, Richmond is at the intersection of I-95 and I-64.

Weather in Richmond in April – All weather is possible this time of year.  Please bring clothing that allows for layering.

Other Sites in Richmond and Virginia:

If you are interested in spending an extra day or two, there are many other places to visit in Richmond and Virginia.  Richmond has been recognized for being both a foodie town and a great craft beer destination.  We enjoy a large number of nationally recognized restaurants and craft breweries.  If you enjoy good craft beer, check out the Richmond Beer Trail.

Sites in Richmond:

  • Belle Isle
  • Brown’s Island
  • Civil War Museum
  • Tredegar Iron Works
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
  • Maymont

Sites West:

  • Charlottesville & University of Virginia
  • Monticello
  • Blue Ridge Parkway

Sites East:

  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Jamestown
  • Yorktown

Meeting Registration & Fees:

Fees include all meals, activities, and transportation for the meeting.

  • AHA Member $425
  • AHA Member Guest $375
  • All others $450

In order to plan for final numbers, please register by March 15, 2019.

Please use the link below to register for the Spring meeting. Please email Dr. Christa Riley with any food allergies/dietary restrictions at christa.riley@vcuhealth.org.

Abstract Submission:

We hope you will consider submitting an abstract for presentation at the meeting.  Abstracts should be submitted electronically through the Journal of Anesthesia History website http://www.anesthesiahistoryjournal.org/The abstract submission deadline is February 28, 2019 at 11:59PM and abstracts will be accepted on a rolling basis.  Please see abstract submission instructions in the downloadable Call for Abstracts.


Your 2019 AHA Spring meeting host is Dr. Christa Riley.

Email:  christa.riley@vcuhealth.org

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