On March 17th, Woodland Hills High School alum and UPMC cardiothoracic anesthesiologist Dr. Stephen Esper interacted with students about his career & their futures as part of the Woodland Hills Interaction Series. The 1999 graduate implemented, along with UPMC's Dr. Jennifer Holder-Murray, the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, or ERAS, approach in Pittsburgh.
ERAS is modeled after a European technique designed to help patients recover faster after surgery. Dr. Esper is also an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he has been nominated for the Teacher of the Year Award.
Dr. Esper has been featured on WTAE-TV News and The Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
The Woodland Hills Interaction Series (WHIS) started in 2013. The WHIS was created by library media specialist Kevin McGuire and instructional technology coach Jason Coleman with the goal of providing first-class interaction opportunities for students at Woodland Hills Jr/Sr High School.
During its first three years, the WHIS has hosted such notable guests as Elizabeth Strout (Pulitzer Prize winner), Colum McCann (National Book Award Winner/Academy Award nominated writer), Dr. Sheri Fink (Pulitzer Prize Winner), Terrance Hayes (National Book Award winner/MacArthur Fellow), Jesse Andrews (N.Y. Times Bestseller), Dr. Cyril Wecht, and Robert Bilheimer (Academy Award nominated director). Additionally, the WHIS has also hosted local writer Dave Newman, poet Jim Daniels, EPA Director Barnes Johnson and U.S. Ambassador Bryant Salter.