President's Message

James Nicholson, MD
WSA President

President's Message

Greetings from the WSA.  As your WSA President for the next two years, I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce myself and share my priorities for our society and our members.

I am in group practice with Aurora Healthcare in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where I have been for the past 24 years. Our practice includes MDs and CRNAs.  We cover all anesthesia services at our hospital, including busy orthopedics, general, urology and pediatric cases.  We also cover a busy labor and delivery group and conduct both medical and interventional pain work.  Based on my years of experience, I am a strong proponent of the physician-led anesthesia care team.

I view the WSA as providing two different, but very important roles.  The first is an educational role where we assist busy anesthesia providers with obtaining high quality, timely and requested CME programs.  We have dedicated WSA leaders from both training programs in Wisconsin who help create an excellent, annual state meeting for us.  This year it is being held at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake from September 8-9, 2018.

The second major role is advocacy.  We stay abreast of the issues which confront our specialty on both the state and national level.  We actively engage in both legislative and regulatory processes on your behalf.  We try to communicate with you what we are aware of and what issues you bring to us.  In this regard, we reach out to practices around the state with site visits to facilitate this communication.  We also need your support both through your communication and financial support of both the WSA and ASA PACs.  We retain both a lobbyist and an attorney to help us with these issues.

Two issues I would like to call to your attention right now that we are working on are Out of Network Billing, more accurately described as inadequate insurance networks, and a nursing bill that would grant additional independent practice rights to APRNs. 

We welcome any of you who may have a relationship with our congressional representatives in D.C. to join us for the ASA Legislative Conference from May 14-16, 2018.

I am always open to feedback from you, so do not hesitate to communicate with me or any member of the WSA Board.


James Nicholson, MD
President, Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists (2017-2019)