Jeff Cooper, CMS Executive Director, was chosen to deliver the 2011 Lewis H. Wright Memorial Lecture at this year’s American Society of Anesthesiologist’s Annual Meeting. In his lecture, titled “APSF and Anesthesia Patient Safety: Leadership Lessons From the Legacy of Jeep Pierce”, Dr. Cooper described the beginnings of the patient safety movement and the founding of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF). He spoke about the vison and leadership of its founders, who included Dr. Ellison “Jeep” Pierce, and commented on how anesthesiology was at the forefront of this sea of change nearly 20 years ahead of the rest of medicine. Dr. Cooper concluded by noting that focused research and clinical improvements over the past 26 years have made anesthesiology very safe. And, that although the anesthesia community should feel very good about these improvements in patient safety, there is still much work to be done.