Mentorship Program

The Society for Education in Anesthesia is dedicated in Supporting, Enriching, and Advancing anesthesia education and those who teach. This program will recruit SEA members to serve as mentors for other SEA members to assist in developing their educational skills, to provide guidance to navigate the waters when assuming a new role in an academic institution, and to support each other in reaching their full potential (e.g., attaining a leadership role, getting promoted).

Find below mentor profiles to guide you in choosing a mentor (some mentors may have limited availability due to other responsibilities; please be respectful of their voluntary time and effort dedicated to this program). Currently, this program is only open for faculty only.


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Resources and Required Documents

Mentor-Mentee Agreement
Individualized Development Plan (IDP)

Available Mentors

Herodotos Ellinas, MD, MHPE

  • 25 years of experience as a clinician in pediatrics, internal medicine, and pediatric anesthesiology
  • Full professor in the department of anesthesiology with experience as residency program director and with national leadership roles in DEI and education
  • Book editor and regular journal reviewer for JGME
  • Mentor for faculty and learners nationwide- passionate about education, faculty development and diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice
  • Immigrant who has lived in the US since 1984 and dedicated to worldwide support (international missions, sustainability)
  • Available for 1-2 mentees
  • Available for academic year 2023-24

Michael Lewis, MD

Here are five reasons why I am highly qualified to serve as a mentor:
  1. Extensive Career Experience: Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working in various institutions and holding leadership positions. This has allowed me to accumulate a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in the field of anesthesiology. This experience is invaluable in mentoring aspiring anesthesiologists and guiding them through the challenges they may face in their careers.
  2. Demonstrated Leadership: I have held numerous leadership roles, including Medical Student Clerkship Director, Residency Program Director, Vice Chair, Chair, and Chief of VA Anesthesia Services. These positions have provided me with opportunities to lead and mentor others effectively. Additionally, my experience in overseeing and shaping educational programs and initiatives further enhances my ability to serve as a mentor.
  3. Active Involvement in Organized Medicine: I have actively participated in various medical organizations, serving on boards, and holding leadership positions in multiple anesthesia-related societies. This involvement highlights my dedication to advancing the field and exposes me to a vast network of professionals and valuable resources. I believe this involvement can benefit my mentees.
  4. Academic Achievements: I am proud to have achieved several academic milestones, such as being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, completing the AAMC Leadership Course, and graduating from the Harvard School of Public Health Program for Chiefs of Clinical Services. These accomplishments highlight my commitment to personal and professional growth. I am eager to use my experiences to guide and inspire others in their pursuit of academic excellence.
  5. Recognition and Awards: I have been honored to receive recognition and prestigious awards, including the Hartford award from the American Geriatric Society and a Fulbright Scholarship.

These accolades not only highlight my expertise but also serve as a testament to my ability to mentor and inspire others to excel in their respective areas of interest.With my extensive career experience, demonstrated leadership skills, active involvement in organized medicine, academic achievements, and recognition in the field, I am confident in my ability to serve as a knowledgeable and supportive mentor. I look forward to sharing my expertise, providing guidance, and helping aspiring anesthesiologists succeed in their professional journeys.

Timothy Martin, MD, MBA, FASA

  • I am an experienced clinician, medical educator, and administrator who is now 35 years post-fellowship and who has devoted his entire career to medical education (all levels) in academic environments.
  • I have served as medical student rotation and subspecialty resident rotation director, chief of service/division chief, and hospital chief of staff in a large freestanding pediatric hospital.
  • I have served as a peer reviewer or on the associate editorial boards of several journals, and consequently provided thorough reviews of hundreds of manuscripts that have been published in our professional literature.
  • I have also served as a volunteer for the American Board of Anesthesiology for many years, and most notably as examiner for the ABA APPLIED Examination for the last 17 years.

John Mitchell, MD

  • Career educator and educational researcher with nearly 20 years experience
  • Longstanding commitment as a mentor for residents and faculty
  • Local and national leadership experience
  • Desire to help others find joy in careers in education
  • Commitment to enhancing education in our speciality

Karen Souter, MB, BS

  • 30 years as a practicing clinical anesthesiologist in the USA, Canada, and UK
  • Full professor in an academic medical center with 12 years, experience as residency program director and national leadership roles in anesthesia education
  • International Coaching Federation (ICF) Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and a master's degree in education and academic medicine (MACM)
  • My mentoring takes a coaching approach grounded in deep listening, exploration and the creation of actionable next steps focused on the unique needs of the individual
  • My areas of mentoring / coaching expertise include clinician educator career development, promotion preparation and academic leadership

David Young, MD, MEd, MBA, FASA

  • 25 years of experience in medical education and pediatric anesthesiology
  • Full tenured professor in the department of anesthesiology with dual appointment in the Department of Education, Innovation, and Technology
  • Experience in many national leadership roles including medical simulation, course development, and MCQ creation-Main roles currently include academic promotion advising, peer coaching, and faculty development both locally and nationally
  • Available for 1-2 mentees for academic year 2023-24