Dr. Leila Pang Named Ngai Jubilee Professor Emerita of Anesthesiology
at the Columbia University Medical Center
Congratulations to Dr. Leila Pang on her appointment as Ngai Jubilee Professor Emerita of Anesthesiology at the Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Pang’s appointment takes effect July 1, following her official retirement on June 30th having served more than 40 years at the institution.
Dr. Pang joined the department of anesthesiology as Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology and Pediatrics in 1976 and continued her rise through the ranks of academic professorship. Her clinical and teaching talents led her to be named Anesthesiology Residency Program Director in 2002 and Vice Chair for Resident Education in 2004.
In July of every year — for more than four decades — Dr. Pang met each new cohort of residents for clinical orientation in the operating room. Her trainees, their patients and her patients have been the beneficiaries of her superb skill and experience in anesthesia and in intensive care for children and infants undergoing transplantation, and those with chronic pain, cancer, congenital abnormalities, problems with airway management and apnea, and cardiothoracic and vascular disease.
Upon her retirement Dr. Pang was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Department of Anesthesiology for her contributions as a scholar, clinician, mentor and leader. Dr. Pang’s expertise has also led to numerous invitations for her to share her clinical and academic expertise as a lecturer and presenter at national symposiums and societies, and at other institutions. She has held significant offices in national subspecialty societies, and she has published numerous articles, reviews, book chapters, and abstracts. In addition, since 2002, Dr. Pang has been a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Children of China Pediatrics Foundation which provides multi-specialty medical treatment and surgery to children in Chinese orphanages.
We are both humbled and honored that Dr. Pang has chosen to remain with our department and to continue to share her wealth of knowledge and skill with us as she moves on to the next chapter of her life.