James Kelly, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology, received an award for exceptional contributions to the anesthesiologists assistants profession during a national meeting of the American Academy of Anesthesiologists Assistants.
Melanie Guthrie, C.A.A., M.S.A., director of the School of Medicine’s master of science in anesthesia program, presented the award to Kelly during the organization’s April meeting in Denver.
On a national level, Kelly currently chairs the Accreditation and Review Committee for Anesthesiologist Assistants. He has also served as a member of the anesthesia care team and the anesthesiologist assistant education and practice committees for the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Kelly helped anesthesiologist assistants receive licensure to practice in Missouri in 2003. He worked to help the School of Medicine receive approval for its MSA program in 2008. Kelly chairs Missouri’s governor-appointed Advisory Commission for Anesthesiologists Assistants and is a past president of the Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists.