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June 1, 2013 Volume 77, Number 6
Anesthesiology 2013: Welcomes the World to San Francisco This October Audrée A. Bendo, M.D., M.S., Chair Committee on Annual Meeting Oversight

June brings a new season to ASA. With summer in air, the time couldn’t be better to start planning for the ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2013 annual meeting. San Francisco is the host city this October 12-16 – right in the middle of Northern California’s best weather month! This year’s meeting, themed “Global Partners in Quality Outcomes and Patient Safety,” will showcase worldwide perspectives on the latest science and technologies presented by anesthesiology’s world-renowned experts. The program highlights innovations and advances in the specialty and welcomes attendees from all corners of the world to share global experiences and scientific techniques.

The ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2013 annual meeting is second to none and offers a compre-hensive scientific and educational program to help you renew, update and expand your knowledge of new procedures and techniques in all subspecialty areas.

You won’t want to miss this year’s opening session, “Chasing Zero,” delivered by Charles Denham, M.D., editor-in-chief of the Journal of Patient Safety, and co-founder and chair of the Global Patient Safety Forum. Dr. Denham will feature actor and patient safety advocate Dennis Quaid and discuss the progress being made in many hospitals throughout the country in addressing issues of patient safety and accountability.

Registration and hotel reservation sites are open and available at Register today and be sure to secure your seat for this year’s Workshops, PBLDs and various optional ticketed sessions, as they are expected to fill and sell out quickly.

Our host city has consistently been the most popular meeting destination among ASA members for decades – and this year should be no different. Voted the #1 Best City in the annual Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for 20 of the last 22 years, San Francisco boasts some of the United States’ top tourist attractions, offering more than 4,000 restaurants, premier shopping and diverse performing art theaters.

San Francisco’s climate is beautiful, especially in October. Due to the accomodating weather and easy accessibility from all major airports, traveling to San Francisco from most international destinations is effortless. ASA’s official travel service, ATC Travel Management, provides cost-efficient travel through an online portal. For international travelers, ASA has partnered with ESA Voyages of Paris to provide full-service travel packages to fit the needs of both individual travelers and groups. For more information about these ASA travel partners, discounts and accommodation options, visit

Again, we welcome you to the most comprehensive anesthesiology educational meeting in the world, taking place in one of the world’s greatest cities. For more information on the meeting and what you can do in San Francisco, please visit

Audrée A. Bendo, M.D., M.S. is Professor and Executive Vice Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn.

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