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SOAP Presents: The 2017 Board of Directors Candidates

Second Vice-President on the Board of Directors of SOAP Candidate

spacer Ruth Landau-Cahana, M.D.
Columbia University Medical Center

Dear SOAP members,

I am delighted to apply for the position of Second Vice-President on the Board of Directors of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP). I believe I can substantially contribute and help promote the mission of the Society

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Treasurer Candidates


Klaus Kjaer, M.D., MBA
New York Presbyterian Hospital

Dear SOAP members,

I would be honored to serve as your SOAP Treasurer. As Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors, it would be my job to promote the financial health of SOAP by overseeing revenue generating activities and to ensure the ongoing availability of funds for SOAP to achieve its mission.

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spacer Jie (Jay) Zhou, M.D., M.S., M.B.A.
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Dear SOAP members,

With respect and enthusiasm, I am asking for your support of my candidacy for Treasurer. Obstetric anesthesia has been one of my passions. That passion has been reinforced by my relationship with SOAP members.

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Director at Large Candidates

spacer Ashraf Habib, M.B., B.Ch., M.Sc, MHSc, FRCA
Duke University Medical Center

Dear SOAP members,

I respectfully ask you to consider supporting me for the position of Director at Large of the Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP). I believe I have the experience, qualifications and passion to serve in this role and contribute to the mission of the Society.

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spacer Yaakov (Jake) Beilin, M.D.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dear SOAP Members,

I would be privileged and thrilled to serve on the SOAP Board of Director’s as the Director at Large.  Over the past 25 years I have dedicated myself to the care of the parturient in a way that makes me uniquely qualified to serve as your Director. 

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ASA Delegate

spacer Dan Drzymalski, M.D.
Tufts University School of Medicine

Dearest SOAP members:

This year I am applying for the position of ASA Delegate. It would be my honor and privilege to serve you in this capacity. There are three reasons why you should vote for me...

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spacer Paloma Toledo, M.D., M.P.H.
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

I am asking for your support and consideration for the position of Delegate to the ASA House of Delegates.

I feel that I am well qualified to take on this role on behalf of SOAP. I have extensive experience in organized medicine, in both SOAP and the ASA.

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ASA Alternative Delegate

spacer Edward Riley, M.D.
Stanford University School of Medicine

Dear SOAP Members,

I am asking for your consideration for the position of ASA Alternative Delegate. I have been a member of SOAP for 24 years and excited at the opportunity to represent SOAP at the ASA House of Delegates. 

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SOAP is calling for nominations for the elected positions of 2nd Vice President, Treasurer, ASA Delegate, ASA Alternate Delegate and Director At Large. Interested members should send a short statement and picture to for posting to the SOAP website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact SOAP headquarters at (414) 389-8611.