Featured Sessions

Leading Improvements in Health through Safety and Innovation 
Saturday, October 13 | Noon – 1 p.m. | Session code: SPE02

Presented by: Aman Mahajan, M.D., Ph.D. , Jeanine P. Wiener-Kronish, M.D.

Recent innovations in digital, data and device technologies has afforded the possibility to create further transformative changes in health care. Novel approaches and practices are being implemented in clinical care to improve patient safety. Academic departments continue to provide leadership in evolution of the anesthesiology practices through their core missions of clinical care, research/discovery, and training. This panel provides unique perspectives on how academic medicine is shaping the current and future trends in patient safety and innovation in health care. 


Smart Monitors, Nanoparticles and Big Data: Emerging Technology in Perioperative Medicine 
Sunday, October 14 | 11 a.m. – Noon | Session code: SPE12

Presented by: Michael A. Gropper, M.D., Ph.D., Cor Kalkman, M.D., Ph.D., Daniel S. Kohane, M.D., Ph.D., Sachin Kheterpal, M.D., M.B.A.

Advances in technology continue to have a significant impact on perioperative patient care. This panel will feature ongoing work in the fields of wireless monitors, nanotechnology and big data analysis. 


Academic Leadership: Developing a Department and Promoting the Profession
Sunday, October 14 | 2 – 3 p.m. | Session code: SPE36

Presented by: John Butterworth, IV, M.D., Alice A. Coombs, M.D., Kevin K. Tremper, M.D., Ph.D., FACA

Academic anesthesiology has advanced the specialty by training future leaders in the field. This panel will discuss the role of academic departments in developing leaders in advocacy, mentorship and inclusion.


Anesthesia and Cognition in the Elderly 
Sunday, October 14 | 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Session code: SPE16

Presented by: Zhongcong Xie, M.D., Ph.D., Lucie Roberts, Ph.D.

This panel will provide an updated view of basic and clinical research on neurotoxicity/neuroplasticity/neuroimmunology effects with special emphasis on how to talk to patients about postoperative cognitive decline in the elderly. In addition, NIH-funded investigators will provide a brief overview of their work. 


Meeting the Challenge of Burnout 
Monday, October 15 | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Session code: SPE20

Presented by: Elizabeth Rebello, M.D., FASA., Christina Maslach, Ph.D.

There is a growing evidence of the challenge that burnout poses for everyone in health care. But what is the evidence about the causes of burnout, and how can that be translated into effective solutions? Innovative answers to this challenge need to focus more on how to change critical sources of burnout within the job context, rather than simply helping people cope with the negative effects. These proposed solutions must be implemented and evaluated systematically to establish best practices for beating burnout. Such an approach will lead to a better vision of healthy workplaces for health care.


Anesthesia and the Developing Brain
Monday, October 15 | 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. | Session code: SPE22

Presented by: Mary Ellen McCann, M.D., M.P.H., Raeford E. Brown, M.D., Randall P. Flick, M.D., Lena S.Y. Sun, M.D.

The FDA approved label changes for use of general anesthetic and sedation drugs in young children on April 16, 2017. An ad hoc expert panel of the leaders of SPA, AAP, FDA and SmartTots and principal clinical investigators have agreed to write a consensus statement (white paper) that provides guidance to the ASA membership on how to counsel clinicians, parents and patients on the FDA label changes on the administration of anesthetic and sedative drugs to pediatric patients. 


ASA - ACHE Panel: Strengthening Physician Leadership through Synergistic Partnerships
Tuesday, October 16 | 9 a.m. - Noon

Presented by: James D. Grant, M.D., M.B.A., FASA, Charles D. Stokes, M.H.A., FACHE

As health care organizations increase their connections with physicians through employed medical groups and clinically integrated networks, they report increasing communications problems with the providers, rapid growth in clinically integrated networks causing little standardization, physicians being unclear about accountability and an increasing inability to address quality and physician behavioral issues in a practice setting in a timely manner. This session will present several straightforward innovative methods to engage more physician leaders in consequential ways and analyze how leaders commit to a path of personal development and are able to dedicate time to management activities and organizational leadership by reducing some clinical responsibilities. Participants will leave with several specific methodologies they can use in their own organizations to greatly increase physician leadership and engagement.


Research Forum on Immunity and Perioperative Medicine 
Tuesday, October 16 | 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. | Session code: SPE29

Presented by: Judith Hellman, M.D., Jianren Mao, M.D., Ph.D., Mervyn Maze, Ch.B., M.B., FANZCA

This panel will emphasize the relevance of basic sciences in perioperative medicine. 


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