2023 Annual Uniformed Services Society of Anesthesiologists (USSA)/Association of Veterans Affairs Anesthesiologists (AVAA) Academic Meeting

Friday, October 13, 2023

Marines' Memorial Club
609 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102
11th Floor
All times are listed in Pacific Time.

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Jointly provided by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Uniformed Services Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Association of Veterans Affairs Anesthesiologists.

Time Session Title Speaker(s)
0630-0930 Registration  
0700-0800 Continental Breakfast / Exhibit Hall  
0800-0830 "Anesthesia in Low Resource Environments"
Imran Akbar, MD
Advocate Christ Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Surgical Program Lead, MedGlobal
0830-0840 USSA/AVAA Welcome Jessica Shanahan, MD
President, Association of Veterans Affairs Anesthesiologists
CAPT Corry “Jeb” Kucik, MC USN 
President, Uniformed Services Society of Anesthesiologists
0840-0855 ASA Welcome and Opening Remarks Michael W. Champeau, MD, FAAP, FASA
President, American Society of Anesthesiologists
0900-0930 Opening Keynote: "Prevention of perioperative neurocognitive disorders” Lis Evered, MSc, PhD
Weill Cornell Medicine, NY
St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, Aust.
University of Melbourne, Aust.
0935-1005 "The New Era of Trauma Skill Sustainment" COL Stacy Shackelford, MD, USAF Academy, CO
Trauma Medical Director
Defense Health Agency
1010-1040 BREAK

View the Moderated Abstract Presentations on Monitors 1 & 2 in the Crystal Lounge
Visit with Exhibitors in the Crystal Lounge
Crystal Lounge, Monitor 1, Medically Challenging Cases
1010-1015: Anesthetic Management for Mediastinal Mass Excision
William M. Fowler, MD

1016-1021: Beyond Tonsils: Rhabdomyosarcoma as a Cause for Initial Presentation of PEdiatric Sleep Apnea
Zachary Affrin, MD

1022-1027: Persistent Hypercarbia During General Anesthesia with Sevoflurane: Malignant Hyperthermia or Otherwise?
Kenneth Lowery, MD

1028-1033: Severe Bronchospasm following Induction of General Anesthesia: A Case Report
William G. Tilbury, MD, LCDR, MC, USN

1034-1039: Synchronization of Multi-Specialty Peripartum Oxytocin Protocol: A Cost-saving Measure and Quality Improvement Project
Justin C. Cordova, MD

Crystal Lounge, Monitor 2, Medically Challenging Cases
1010-1015: A Case of Delayed Emergence Due to Malignant Hyperthermia
Andrew R. Wilsnack, MD

1016-1021: Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotheropy (HIPEC) and Cytoreductive Surgery (CRS) for Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma with BAP1 Mutation
Timothy Zerhusen, MD

1022-1027: Laryngospasm and Airway Complications during Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
Richard Burgan

1028-1033: Successful Pectoralis and Serratus Plane Nerve Block (PECII) for Sedation-Sparing Pacemaker Placement
Dmitriy Treyster, MD

1034-1039: TEE To The Rescue: A Case Of Symptomatic Right Atrial Compression
Sean Woodring

1045-1115 “Neuromuscular Monitoring - Review, Guidelines, and Implementation Papers Published Recently in Anesthesiology” Michael J. Avram, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Emeritus
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Assistant Editor-in-Chief, Anesthesiology
1120-1150 "From A to F, an overview of perioperative AF" BobbieJean Sweitzer, MD, FACP, SAMBA-F, FASA
Professor, Medical Education
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
Systems Director, Preoperative Medicine
Inova Health
Falls Church, VA
1155-1225 BREAK
View the Moderated Abstract Presentations on Monitors 1 & 2 in the Crystal Lounge
Visit with Exhibitors in the Crystal Lounge
Crystal Lounge, Monitor 1, Medically Challenging Cases
1155-1200: Acquired Gerbode Defect - A Case for Early and Frequent Postoperative TEE
David Miller, BS

1201-1206: A Case of Retroperitoneal PEComa Invading the IVC with Extension Towards the Heart and Hepatic Metastasis Requiring PEComa Mass Resection with Help of Veno-Venous Bypass
Rebecca Lee, MD

1207-1212: Compartment Syndrome After Sigmoid Colon Resection in the Lithotomy Position
Michelle Miller

1213-1218: Extreme NORA: Maintaining ASA Standards in Austere Environments

Matthew Byrne, Maj, USAF, MC, FS

1219-1224: Malignant Hyperthermia: Always Rare, but Never Predictable
David Mounts, MD

Crystal Lounge, Monitor 2, Medically Challenging Cases
1155-1200: Double Park, Double Catheter“, Apneic Oxygenation Assisted Endotracheal Tube Exchange Novel Technique for Management of Soiled Airway During Active Lower Airway Bleeding
Carlos Brun, MD

1201-1206: Comparing Intraoperative Anaphylaxis in Two Similarly Aged Women Undergoing Laparoscopic Procedures
Zachary Affrin, MD

1207-1212: Critical Care Challenges Following A Radical Nephrectomy
Jordan Bergmann

1213-1218: Peripheral Nerve Stimulation of the Peroneal Nerve Limits Opioid Consumption and Facilitates Early Ambulation Following Fibula Free Flap Harvest: A Case Series
Ryan T. Warner, DO

1219-1224: The Detection of Retroperitoneal Hemorrhage by Transesophageal Echocardiography
Perry A. Stout

1230-1300 LUNCH
Non-CME Symposium
(see non-CME activities schedule above)
1305-1335 “Innovations in Military Ultrasound Education” John D. Mitchell MD
Vice Chair for Academic Affairs
Department of Anesthesiology, Pain Management, and Perioperative Medicine
Henry Ford Health
Professor and Vice Chair for Anesthesiology 
Michigan State University CHM
State of Specialty – Specialty Leader Panel
Army & Army Reserve Specialty Leader –
Michael S. Patzkowski, MD, MHA, FASA

Lieutenant Colonel, Medical Corps, US Army
Anesthesiology Consultant to the US Army Surgeon General
Brooke Army Medical Center, JBSA/FSH, TX

Air Force Specialty Leader –
Mark Liu, Lt Col, MD, USAF

Anesthesiology Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology- USUHS
Anesthesiologist - US Air Force Academy/Evans Army Community Hospital

Navy Specialty Leader –
CAPT Corry “Jeb” Kucik, MC USN

Navy Reserve Specialty Leader –
CDR Mark Cannon, USN

Deputy Force Surgeon MARCENT
Tampa, FL
"Military Anesthesia Over Time"
Willam McNiece, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesia
Indiana University School of Medicine
Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology
"National Anesthesia Service (NAS) Update"
Christina M. Matadial, MBBS, FASA
Director, National Anesthesia Program office (NAP),
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine,
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, University Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine,
Chief, Anesthesia Service, VA Miami HCS
"Field Advisory Board (FAB) Update"
Kay B Leissner, MD PhD
Chief, Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine Service 
VA Boston Healthcare System 
VISN 1 Chief Anesthesiology Consultant
Chair, Anesthesia Field Advisory Board
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
“Buprenorphine 2023”
Thomas Hickey, MD, MS
VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Yale University School of Medicine
View the Moderated Abstract Presentations on Monitors 1 & 2 in the Crystal Lounge
Visit with Exhibitors in the Crystal Lounge
Crystal Lounge, Monitor 1, Medically Challenging Cases
1435-1440: Beyond malignant hyperthermia: a case for the use of dantrolene in acute baclofen withdrawal
Nathan Bosse, BS

1440-1445: Exploratory Laparotomy and Pelvic Tumor Excision in an Anephric Morbidly Obese Patient
Matthew Hannon, MD

Crystal Lounge, Monitor 2, Scientific Study
1430-1435: Impact of SARS-CoV-2 on Cesarean Section Outcomes in the United States in 2020
David Miller, BS

1435-1440: Opioid Prescribing Variation After Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy in the US Military Health System
CPT Justin Zeien, MD, MPH

"Perioperative Strategies to reduce the risk of Myocardial Injury after Noncardiac Surgery (MINS)"
Kurt Ruetzler, MD FAHA
Cleveland Clinic, Anesthesiology Institute, Departments of Outcomes Research and General Anesthesia, Cleveland, OH
1545-1615 "Perioperative Pain Management for Total Joints" Richard Teames, MD, BSN
Methodist Southlake
Medical City Dallas
Medical City North Hills
1616-1645 BREAK  
1600-1645 Best Abstract Awards &  Presentation Moderators:
Roman Schumann, MD, FASA
Professor of Anesthesiology
Professor of Surgery
Tufts University School of Medicine
Associate Chief of Anesthesia for Research and Development
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
VA Boston Healthcare System
1650-1720 Closing Keynote: “Leadership in Turbulent Times” James P. Rathmell, MD, MBA 
Chief, Enterprise Anesthesiology, Mass General Brigham
Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Leroy D. Vandam Professor of Anaesthesia
Harvard Medical School
1720-1730 Joint Military Annual Academic Meeting Conclusion  
1730-1830 Happy Hour  


Accreditation and Designation Statements

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® and the Uniformed Services Society of Anesthesiologists, with the Association of Veterans Affairs Anesthesiologists. The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists has approved this activity for 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Statement of Need
As the only military component society of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the USSA represents and serves the unique needs and interests of uniformed anesthesiologists. Its purpose is to serve as a networking and educational platform for all branches of the service. The USSA fosters professionalism, education, and the exchange of ideas through its annual meeting with deployed service members practicing anesthesia in harm’s way.

Target Audience
Anesthesiologists, residents, and medical students who are currently serving in the armed forces, employees of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other practitioners interested in military anesthesiology, critical care, trauma, and practice improvement.

The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

Disclosure Statement
The American Society of Anesthesiologists remains strongly committed to providing the best available evidence-based clinical information to participants of this educational activity and requires an open disclosure of any potential conflict of interest identified by our faculty members. It is not the intent of the American Society of Anesthesiologists to eliminate all situations of potential conflict of interest, but rather to enable those who are working with the American Society of Anesthesiologists to recognize situations that may be subject to question by others. All disclosed conflicts of interest are reviewed by the educational activity course director/chair to ensure that such situations are properly evaluated and, if necessary, mitigated. The American Society of Anesthesiologists educational standards pertaining to conflict of interest are intended to maintain the professional autonomy of the clinical experts inherent in promoting a balanced presentation of science. Through our review process, all American Society of Anesthesiologists activities are ensured of independent, objective, scientifically balanced presentations of information. Disclosure of any or no relationships will be made available for all educational activities.

Disclosures will be provided to learners prior to the activity.

Instructions on How to Claim Credit

Attendees will receive an email from [email protected] with instructions on how to claim credit once attendance has been confirmed by USSA/AVAA. It may take 3 to 5 business days for this to occur. 

Note: Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. All credits for the meeting must be claimed by Dec. 31, 2023. You will NOT be able to claim credits after this date.

Commercial Support

This activity is supported by in-kind donations from: None.


Curated by: Component Relations

Last updated by: Brittney

Date of last update: October 12, 2023