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Report from an Anesthesiologist on the Front Line

The Reality of Covid in Hosptials

Anesthesiologists have been called to the front lines of the COVID-19 war for a vital and dangerous job. From intubating ventilator tubes into COVID patients to treating the most critical cases admitted to intensive care units, these lesser-known doctors have accepted this challenging assignment with a shortage of equipment and at the risk of their own health.

When a COVID-19 patients can no longer survive breathing on their own, anesthesiologists are called on to intubate them. This is what makes them crucial in this fight. It takes guts and dedication to insert an endotracheal tube through the mouth and into the airway of a patient infected with a highly contagious disease. No wonder that the anesthesiologists are called 'physicians with the nerves of steel.'

Dr. Mark Suojanen joins the Cigar Society to report on the reality of COVID in hospitals from his vantage point at the front line of the pandemic.

Mark Suojanen is a staff anesthesiologist at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. He received his MD from the University of Minnesota and completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. He is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Prior to joining St. Luke's, Dr. Suojanen was with Essentia Health Saint Joseph's Medical Center, in Brainerd, Minnesota. Dr. Suojanen served as an officer in the Minnesota National Guard and is currently a member of the Army Reserves. Dr. Suojanen served as a medical officer in a combat support hospital in Kuwait, 2018-2019. Dr. Mark Suojanen

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
5:30-7:00 pm CDT

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ONE OF THE OLDEST AND greatest traditions of the city clubs of Chicago is the discussion of intellectual, social, legal, artistic, historical, scientific, musical, theatrical, and philosophical issues in the company of educated, bright, and appropriately provocative individuals, all under the beneficent influence of substantial amounts of tobacco and spirits.  The Cigar Society of Chicago embraces this tradition and extends it with its Informal Smokers, University Series lectures, and Cigar Society Dinners, in which cigars, and from time to time pipes and cigarettes, appear as an important component of our version of the classical symposium.  To be included in the Cigar Society's mailing list, write to the secretary at