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Dr. R. Blake Curd has been named pres­i­dent of the Physi­cian Hos­pi­tals of Amer­ica, a Wash­ing­ton-based trade as­so­ci­a­tion for physi­cian-owned hos­pi­tals.

Curd, 47, an ortho­pe­dic sur­geon and pres­i­dent of the Ortho­pe­dic In­sti­tute of Sioux Falls (S.D.), was in­stalled dur­ing the PHA’s an­nual meet­ing in Phoenix last month. He re­places Paul Kerens, se­nior ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Kansas City Ortho­pe­dic In­sti­tute in Lea­wood, Kan.

He also serves as a Repub­li­can mem­ber of the South Dakota State Se­nate.

Dr. J.P. Aben­stein has been named pres­i­dent of the Schaum­burg, Ill.-based Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Anes­the­si­ol­o­gists. He suc­ceeds Dr. Jane C.K. Fitch.

Aben­stein, 59, is a con­sul­tant in the di­vi­sion of car­dio­vas­cu­lar and tho­racic anes­the­si­ol­ogy and an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of anes­the­si­ol­ogy at Mayo Col­lege of Medicine, Rochester, Minn. He also serves on the fac­ulty of the Depart­ment of Bio­med­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing at Mayo Grad­u­ate School. Be­fore join­ing the staff at Mayo, Aben­stein served as an anes­the­si­ol­o­gist in the Navy.


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