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Mary Dale Peterson, MD, FACHE, FASA

Executive Vice President/COO

Driscoll Health System

Mary Dale Peterson is immediate past president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. She was elected for a one-year term in October 2020. Dr. Peterson also serves as executive vice president/COO of Driscoll Health System and emeritus staff at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is also a clinical associate professor at Texas A&M University in College Station. Dr. Peterson has held numerous positions in the ASA. She served as ASA treasurer and chair of the ASA Section on Fiscal Affairs. She has been on the ASA board of directors since 2006 and is a member of the ASA Charitable Foundation’s board of directors. She was also treasurer of the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, an ASA-related organization, from 2012 to 2017.

Dr. Peterson serves on the executive committees of the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists and Nueces County Medical Society. She has been an active member of the American Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association since 1984. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University. She completed her Doctor of Medicine degree and anesthesiology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where she was elected chief resident. Dr. Peterson also completed a Master of Science in Health Care Administration degree at Trinity University in San Antonio. She is board-certified in anesthesiology and critical care medicine. Dr. Peterson received the Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Society of Pediatrics and the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists. She is board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow.


The Physician Leadership Imperative in Times of Crisis

Presented by John M. Zerwas, MD, Mary Dale Peterson, MD, FACHE, FASA, Paul Pomerantz, FACHE at 1:00 PM on Friday, March 26th.

Physician leadership has become essential as health systems must navigate system transformation and value-based care/population health. COVID-19 has accelerated this trend, with physicians playing critical roles to adapt system capacity, maintain essential services and fiscal health, address supply chain issues, ensure workforce and patient safety, and strengthen workforce resilience. Because of the novel nature of…