2021 Annual Uniformed Services Society of Anesthesiologists (USSA)/Association of Veterans Affairs Anesthesiologists (AVAA) Academic Meeting

Friday, October 8, 2021

All times are listed in Eastern 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.

0930-0940 USSA/AVAA Welcome

Brooke Trainer, MD, FASA
Association of Veterans Affairs Anesthesiologists
Adam D. Lichtman, MD, FASA
Uniformed Services Society of Anesthesiologists
Houman Amirfarzan, MD
Association of Veterans Affairs Anesthesiologists
Geoff Wilson, MD
Uniformed Services Society of Anesthesiologists
0940-0955 ASA Welcome and Opening Remarks

Beverly K. Philip, MD, FACA, FASA
President, American Society of Anesthesiologists
0955-1025 “Why The Future of Healthcare Innovation is in Our Backyard”

Ryan Vega, MD, MSHA
Chief Officer, Healthcare Innovation and Learning; VHA Office of Discovery,
Education & Affiliate Networks, Department of Veterans Affairs
1025-1045 “Novel Diagnostics for Infection and Sepsis”

Mervyn Singer, MB BS MD FRCP(Lon) FRCP(Edin) FFICM
Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, University College London 
Director, Bloomsbury Institute of Intensive Care Medicine
Chair, International Sepsis Forum
NIHR Emeritus Senior Investigator 
1045-1100  Break
1100-1130 “Point of Injury Whole Blood Administration”

LTC Ryan Knight, MD
Troop Commander 
Martin Army Community Hospital 
Former Regimental Surgeon/Medical Director for the 75th Ranger Regiment, United States Army
1130-1200 “Freeze Dried Plasma”

Major Guy Avital, MD
Deputy Head - Trauma & Combat Medicine Branch
Israeli Defense Forces Medical Corps 
1200-1240 Lunch Break
1245-1305 “Considerations for Patients requiring ECMO for the Non-Cardiac Anesthesiologist”

John Adam Reich, MD
Assistant Professor Tufts University School of Medicine
Director of Cardiovascular Critical Care
ECMO Medical Director
Tufts Medical Center
01310-1330 “Leadership During a Pandemic”

Maurizio Cecconi, MD, FRCA, FFICM
Head of Department Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, IRCCS Istituto Clinico Humanitas
Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Vice President MEDTEC School, Humanitas University
President, European Society of Intensive Care Medicine
1330-1345 Q&A
1345-1430 State of Specialty – Special Leader Panel
  • Army Specialty Leader – COL David Ruffin
  • Army Reserve Specialty Leader - COL Anthony R Plunkett
  • Air Force Specialty Leader – Lt. Col Kory Bodily
  • Navy Specialty Leader – CAPT Corry “Jeb” Kucik, MC USN
  • Navy Reserve Specialty Leader – CAPT Darian Rice, MC USN 
1345-1430 “National Anesthesia Service (NAS) Update”

Christina M. Matadial, MD
Program Director, National Anesthesia Service, Veterans Affairs
Chief Anesthesiology, Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center

“Lessons Learned from the Cerner EHRM Project”

Rafael Richards, MD
Baltimore VAMC – OIA Health Informatics

Art Wallace, MD, PhD
Chief of Anesthesia San Francisco VA Medical Center
Professor and Vice-Chairman University of California, San Francisco Department of Anesthesiology 
Co-Chair of ERHM Perioperative Services Committee
1430-1445 Break
1445-1515 “Late Intubation is a Disaster in COVID-19”

John J. Marini, MD
Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota
Director of Physiological and Translational Research, Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota
1515-1600 “Current Advancements in Hemostatic Resuscitation”

Philip C. Spinella, MD, FCCM

Professor, Surgery and Critical Care Medicine
Co-Director, Trauma and Transfusion Medicine Research Center (TTMRC)
Associate Medical Director, Center for Military Medicine Research
University of Pittsburgh  
1600 - 1615 Break 
1615-1630 Best Abstract Award & Presentation

Roman Schumann, MD, FASA (Moderator)
Professor of Anesthesiology, Professor of Surgery
Tufts University School of Medicine
VA Boston Healthcare System
1630-1700 “The Digital Future: What Do Anesthesiologists Need to Know about Artificial Intelligence”

Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH
Senior Associate Dean and Tenured Professor of Anesthesiology, Medical College of Wisconsin
1700-1715 Break
1715-1815 Joint Military Annual Academic Meeting Conclusion & Virtual Happy Hour

USSA and AVAA members and non-members are invited to participate in a virtual happy hour following the meeting. Registered participants will receive a mocktail box shipped to their home address from Shaker & Spoon that contains all of the ingredients you need (except the alcohol*) to make a signature drink. *If interested in turning the mocktail into a cocktail, you must purchase the recommended alcohol or substitute it with an alcohol of your choice.

The first 100 USSA and AVAA members that register will receive one complimentary mocktail box. Nonmembers may purchase a box for $25. Must register for the happy hour by September 17.


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 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

Please follow these directions to access the course, claim your credits, complete the program evaluation(s) and print your certificate:

  • Log in to the ASA Education Center at:
    If you have accessed the ASA Education Center for a previous meeting, please use your existing ASA username and password. If you have not previously accessed the ASA Education Center, use this link to create a free account.
  • Once you have logged on to the ASA Education Center homepage, click on the tab that says “MY COURSES,” for the link to the 2021 USSA/AVAA Annual Academic Meeting.
  • Select the link to complete the course evaluation and claim credit.

To retrieve a username or password, enter your email address at:

Note: Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. All credits for the meeting must be claimed by Dec. 31, 2021. You will NOT be able to claim credits after this date.

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