Michael W. Champeau, MD, FAAP, FASA, then-ASA President, was honored with an invitation to the meeting. Before departing from the United States, Dr. Champeau participated in an interview conducted by one of China’s most influential health care media outlets, Physician News. This nearly two-hour Zoom interview resulted in a full-page article published in Chinese on September 22, 2023, titled “China and the United States work together to build a new global anesthesia ecosystem.”
On September 21, 2023, Dr. Champeau delivered remarks during the opening ceremony, in which he expressed his appreciation for attending such an important gathering. He also extended congratulations to Dr. Weifeng Yu, the newly elected president of CSA, and emphasized the significance of collaboration between major anesthesia societies like CSA and ASA.
Following his keynote speech, Dr. Champeau engaged in a dialogue with the newly elected president of CSA, Dr. Yu, moderated by the Executive Editor-in-Chief of Physician News, Ms. Yanping Zhang. The video-recorded discussion was later broadcasted on their official website and via the WeChat platform. In this interview, Dr. Champeau outlined the mission and vision of ASA, and discussed opportunities and challenges within the field of anesthesiology, while Dr. Yu stressed the critical importance of collaboration among large societies and the challenges the anesthesiology profession faces. He also advocated for individual and societal efforts in promoting collaboration. The accompanying article of the dialogue appeared on the cover page of the Physician News on September 28, 2023.
Later that same evening, the signing ceremony of the memorandum of understanding between the CSA and ASA took place. This MOU establishes the framework for long-term collaboration in education, research, and leadership development between the two influential anesthesia societies.
Dr. Champeau also had the opportunity to meet with several leaders from CSA, the Korean Society of Anesthesiologists (KSA), the Serbian Society of Anesthesiologists (SSA), and numerous scholars and students. He attended the exhibit sessions to explore the latest technologies in the field. Looking ahead, Dr. Champeau expressed his hope to see everyone at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2023 and extended his best wishes for the success of CSA 2023.
On September 25, 2023, before his departure, Dr. Champeau was invited by Dr. Junmei Xu, vice president, and Dr. Ruping Dai, chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Second XiangyaHospital, to visit their facility, tour the ORs, and meet with students and faculty.