Basavana G. Goudra MD, FRCA, FCARCSI Basavana Goudra MD FRCA FCARCSI, the principal editor of the book “Anesthesiology-A Practical Approach”, is a clinical associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. He is an internationally recognized expert in the area of out of operating room anesthesia, specifically in the field of gastrointestinal endoscopy. Dr Goudra graduated from Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore, India and completed his residency at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Education and Research, Pondicherry, India. After further training in the Republic of Ireland and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, USA, he was appointed as a consultant anesthetist at the Russells Hall Hospital, United Kingdom. In 2008, he was appointed as a member of faculty in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has over sixty PubMed indexed publications that include scientific papers, case reports, meta-analysis, reviews and editorials on a wide range of anesthesia and pain related topics. He lectures at the American Society of Anesthesiology annual meetings on a regular basis. He has invented airway devices including the “Goudra Bite Block” and “Goudra Mask Airway”, which will improve the safety of upper gastrointestinal endoscopy in the years to come. He is also working on a number of other projects in the area of graduate medical student and resident education.The book “Out of Operating Room Anesthesia-A Comprehensive Review”, edited by Dr Goudra has been acclaimed by reviewers and is popularly used in the field.