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Updates to PPM Board of Directors

October 5, 2020

Robert Edwards, MD elected as Chair and Ian Kallmeyer, MD joins PPM Board of Directors.

Overland Park, Kansas – October 5, 2020 – Preferred Physicians Medical (PPM), industry-leading provider of professional liability insurance for anesthesia practices, announced today recent changes to its Board of Directors.

At PPM’s recent Board of Directors Meeting, Dr. Aubrey Maze announced his resignation as Board Chair. Dr. Maze has served on PPM’s Board of Directors since 1988 and was elected Chairman of the Board in 2001. The Board of Directors and employees of PPM expressed their gratitude for his many years of service and for his commitment to PPM’s policyholders.

Robert P. Edwards, MD, was elected as Chair to replace Dr. Maze. Dr. Edwards has been a Director of PPM since 2011. He has served as an Executive Board member and Treasurer of the Utah Society of Anesthesiologists and as Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at The University of California at San Francisco.

Also, during the meeting, Ian J. Kallmeyer, MD, was appointed to PPM’s Board of Directors. Dr. Kallmeyer serves as Senior Vice President of Anesthesia for Envision Physician Services and as President of Valley Anesthesiology Consultants, Ltd. Dr. Kallmeyer is a Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesia at the University of Arizona, a Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and serves on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Society of Anesthesiologists.

News Archive

2/10/2021 PPM Vice President-Risk Management co-authors article in APSF Newsletter
Brian J. Thomas, JD co-authors article on enhancing a culture of patient safety.
10/5/2020 Updates to PPM Board of Directors
Robert Edwards, MD elected as Chair and Ian Kallmeyer, MD joins PPM Board of Directors.
6/17/2020 PPM Contributes to APSF Newsletter Article
Recent publication of “Cardiopulmonary Sentinel Event During Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP): Oversedation or Gas Embolism?”
1/15/2020 Virginia Unanimous Defense Verdict
Jury found PPM insureds’ testimony compelling over out-of-state expert’s nitpicking of code records
9/4/2019 Brian Thomas Elected to Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Board of Directors
Thomas to serve on both the Board of Directors and Editorial Board
4/19/2019 Directed Verdict in Arizona Wrongful Death Trial
Judge ruled reasonable jurors could not find anesthesiologist’s care constituted medical negligence.
3/5/2019 Missouri Unanimous Defense Verdict
Jury rejected contention that CRNA failed to properly recognize and respond to respiratory arrest.
11/21/2018 New York Defense Verdict
Jury rejected theory that medications were contraindicated and caused cardiac arrest.
10/8/2018 Missouri Unanimous Defense Verdict
Jury agreed supervising anesthesiologist was not required to be present for leak test.
6/4/2018 New York Wrongful Death Defense Verdict
Jury agreed the risk of postponing an emergency surgery for a critically ill patient outweighed the risks of proceeding.
2/15/2018 PPM Secures 44th Consecutive Upper Extremity Nerve Damage Verdict
Court recognized upper extremity nerve injuries can occur absent negligence.
1/25/2018 PPM Contributes to ASA Monitor Article
Recent publication of “Distractions in the O.R.”