USSA/AVAA Military Sessions & Events

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2018 4th Annual Uniformed Services Society of Anesthesiologists (USSA) / Association of Veterans' Affairs Anesthesiologists (AVAA) Academic Meeting 

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

6 a.m. onsite registration 

Friday, October 12 | Hilton Union Square Hotel

333 O'Farrell St. San Francisco  | (415) 771-1400  | Hilton Union Square Hotel

The Uniformed Services Society of Anesthesiologists (USSA), in coordination with the Association of Veterans’ Affairs Anesthesiologists (AVAA), cordially invites you to attend the 2018 4th annual USSA-AVAA Joint Military Academic Meeting on Friday, October 12, at the Hilton Union Square Hotel. Participate in a day filled with learning including:

  • Educational sessions
  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Interactive hands-on workshops

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You’ll also have the opportunity to chat with vendors at the military exhibitor’s forum being held on-site during the meeting. 

Registration and housing are open



2018 USSA Dining Out Dinner 

7 - 10 p.m.

Sunday, October 14 | Marines' Memorial Club and Hotel 

609 Sutter St. San Francisco  | (415) 830-9134  |

Keynote Speaker:
Rear Admiral Brian S. Pecha, MC
Reserve Fleet Surgeon, U.S. Fleet Forces Command

Join us for an evening of formal dining with your military comrades and guests at the Marines' Memorial Club. This event requires registration.  Registration and the housing block are open.

If you are not planning to attend the USSA-AVAA meeting but would like to attend the Dining Out Dinner, below are the instructions to register for the USSA Dining Out event ONLY. 

For those who wish to purchase a ticket to the Dining Out Dinner and not attend any of the USSA-AVAA meetings, please send an email directly to with this information included (as shown below). Please do NOT include any credit card information. You will need to call Experient Customer Service (at the contact number below) to provide your credit card information.

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Rear Admiral Brian S. Pecha, MC
Reserve Fleet Surgeon, U.S. Fleet Forces Command

Rear Admiral Brian S. Pecha, MC

Rear Adm. Brian S. Pecha received his bachelor’s degree in 1983 from the University of San Francisco and a medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1988.  He completed residency training in internal medicine at Naval Hospital San Diego, where he served as chief of residents. In 1991 he was assigned to Naval Hospital, Naples, Italy, as a staff internist and department head, and for the final year of his tour was director of Medical Services.  He graduated in 2004 "with distinction" from the distance education program at the Naval War College. In 2010, he completed Phase II of Joint Professional Military Education at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk.

Pecha entered civilian practice in 1994 and re-affiliated with the Navy Reserve the following year.  Since then his reserve assignments have included Naval Reserve Hospital Oakland, Fleet Hospital 9, Naval Reserve Hospital Bremerton, Operational Health Support Unit Camp Pendleton, 1st Battalion 14th Marines, 4th Marine Division, Headquarters Marine Forces Reserve, and Headquarters Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.  During these reserve roles, he has served as a training officer, administrative officer, assistant officer-in-charge, officer-in-charge, Battalion Surgeon, Division surgeon, force surgeon, and chief of the Navy Reserve Medical Corps.  From January 2011 to December 2012 he commanded 4th Medical Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, in San Diego.

In 2002 he was recalled to active duty and assigned as senior medical officer for the Branch Medical Clinic at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.  In 2006, he was recalled with 1st Battalion 14th Marines, deploying to Anbar Province in Iraq as the surgeon for Task Force Military Police, a major subordinate command of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.  In March 2013, he was brought to active duty as the force surgeon for Marine Forces Reserve in New Orleans, and upon promotion in October 2013 was recalled again for a year as the medical officer of the Marine Corps.  From Feb 2016 to Feb 2018 he was recalled to serve as command surgeon for U.S. Pacific Command in Honolulu.

He earned the Fleet Marine Force Officer Warfare Qualification in 2006. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), Navy Unit Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation and various campaign and service medals.

In civilian practice, Pecha is the medical director at Sonoma Developmental Center for persons with intellectual disabilities. He has been certified and recertified by the American Board of Internal Medicine since 1991 and was elected to fellowship in the American College of Physicians in 1998.

To learn more visit Rear Admiral Brian S. Pecha's full Naval biography

The link to a Navy site does not imply endorsement from the Department of the Navy or the Department of Defense.


2018 AVAA Annual Meeting and Dinner

6 - 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 13 | Bistro Boudin 

160 Jefferson St. San Francisco  | (415) 351-5561  |

You're cordially invited to attend the 2018 AVAA Annual Meeting and Dinner. This event requires attendees to register via a separate registration portal. The registration portal will be posted here and will open soon.


2018 Hope For The Warriors® 5K Run/Walk

7 a.m.

Sunday, October 14

Pack your running shoes and join us for the Hope For The Warriors® 5K Run/Walk. This event brings together ANESTHESIOLOGY 2018 attendees, exhibitors, local residents and military personnel to support wounded warriors and their families. Learn more.


To join the USSA/AVAA team as a runner, please click here. When completing the registration under Team Selection, select “Join existing team”.  Enter the team name “USSA/AVAA”.  Please note, this team is now available for both the 1K and 5K race.

To donate to the USSA/AVAA team please click here.



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