by "Grog" (Alan W. Grogono), Professor Emeritus, Tulane University Department of Anesthesiology
Professor Emeritus, Department of Anesthesiology
Tulane University School of Medicine
1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112
Alan Walter Grogono ("Grog") was the Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Tulane University in New Orleans from 1981 to 1998. He was an active member of the Council of the Association of Anesthesiology Program Directors and served as the Association's President from 1995-1997.
His early medical education was in London, England. From the London Hospital Medical College as a student, to King's College Hospital as a registrar, he was appointed to the Royal Free Hospital as a consultant anaesthetist. His journeys to and fro across the Atlantic made many friends in Syracuse, New York – so much so that it was an easy decision to relocate there in 1974.
He has had a lifelong interest in equipment and efficiency, holds a number of patents, and was responsible for many of the design features of the man/machine interface for the PhysioflexR closed circuit anesthesia machine which was marketed by Dräger in Europe. From 1990 to 1997, Dr. Grogono was chairman of the Education Planning Committee of the Society for Technology in Anesthesia and organized the Society's meetings at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
He is known for his interest in teaching Acid Base Balance, his annual reports in the ASA Newsletter about the trends in recruitment into anesthesiology, and for creating one of the earliest techniques for measuring health. His interests outside medicine include the creation of artistic mobiles - several of which have been displayed in the Art Show at the Annual Meeting of the ASA, and high speed sailing: during the years 1977 through 1982 he actively participated in establishing the "B Class" world sailing speed record in "Icarus"- the hydrofoil-born Tornado designed by his surgeon-brother, James Grogono.
In recent year he has increased his interest in creating websites. In addition to this website he has successful websites devoted to Animated Knots, Magic Squares, and Stereo Art. In 2006, Animated Knots by Grog was launched as a highly successful App for the iPhone followed a year later by an App for Android phones.
His wife, Anthea, was an Associate Professor of Dentistry at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. They now live in Hilton Head Island, SC. They have four (absolutely wonderful) children and ten (also wonderful) grandchildren. That last sentence is written to discover whether these (absolutely wonderful) descendants ever actually read any of this.
I have written more about my career, work on Ventilators and Acid-Base in the History Section.
Alan W. Grogono
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