Local physician anesthesiologist Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., MSCHA, FACHE, FASA, was recently named president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the nation’s largest organization of physician anesthesiologists.

Dr. Peterson assumed office at the Anesthesiology® 2019 annual meeting in Orlando. She will serve for one year.

Dr. Peterson is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Driscoll Health System and emeritus staff at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas.

She completed her medical degree and anesthesiology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where she was elected chief resident. Dr. Peterson has held numerous positions in the Society. She has served as ASA treasurer and chair of the ASA Section on Fiscal Affairs. Dr. Peterson has been on the ASA Board of Directors since 2006 and is a member of the ASA Charitable Foundation’s Board of Directors. Additionally, she was treasurer of the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (an ASA-related organization) from 2012-2017.