5th Annual Uniformed Services Society of Anesthesiologists (USSA)/Association of Veterans’ Affairs Anesthesiologists (AVAA) Academic Meeting

Friday, October 18, 2019

Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona | 13800 Veterans Way, Orlando, FL 32827

The Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona is located approximately 30 minutes away from the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC).Shuttle service will be provided. Please see details below in the agenda for shuttle times.

0530 Shuttle departure
From the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) Lobby C to be shuttled to the Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona
0600-1700 On-site Registration
0630-0700 Continental Breakfast and Breaks
0700-1700 Annual Academic Meeting - Morning Sessions/Lectures/Panel Sessions
0700-0715 ASA Welcome
0715-0730 USSA Welcome

APSF’s 2019 Priorities in Improving Patient Safety

Mark A. Warner, M.D.
Professor of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic
President of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation
Rochester, MN


Evolution of Trauma Resuscitation Over the Last 155 Years: Back to the Future

John Holcomb, M.D.
Director, Center for Translational Injury Research
Chief, Division of Acute Care Surgery
Professor of Surgery
Vice Chair, Department of Surgery
The University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston

0900-0930 Break

Military–Civilian Partnership in Device Innovation: Development, Commercialization and Application of Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta

Todd E. Rasmussen, M.D., FACS
Colonel USAF MC
Professor of Surgery & Associate Dean for Clinical Research
F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine - "America's Medical School"
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences - Bethesda, MD


Physician Burnout

Saurin Shah
Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Florida, College of Medicine Jacksonville


Innovations in Old Strategies: Lung Protection

Ricardo Martinez-Ruiz, M.D.
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Chief SICU
Miami VAMC

1200-1330 Lunch 

State of Specialty – Special Leader Panel

  • Army Specialty Leader
  • Air Force Specialty Leader – Lt. Col Dale Capener
  • Navy Specialty Leader – CAPT Kyle Berry, MC USN
  • Navy Reserve Specialty Leader – CAPT Dean Giacobbe, MC USNR

Leadership Development within the VA




Afternoon Workshops


Joint Military Annual Academic Meeting Conclusion


Informal Networking Mix and Mingle (off-site) – Location and details to be posted shortlyader – CAPT Dean Giacobbe, MC USNR 

1750 Shuttle Departure
From the Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona to the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) Lobby C

USSA AVAA Preliminary Agenda (pdf)

AVAA Annual Meeting and Dinner*
Saturday, October 19 | 1800 – 2130
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar | 9101 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
*Registration is required (please contact AVAA directly for more information about registering)

Hope For The Warriors® - Run For The Warriors® 5K Run/Walk*
Sunday, October 20 | 0645
*Registration is required
Donate to the USSA/AVAA team.

USSA Dining Out Dinner and Reception*
Sunday, October 20 | 1900 – 2200
Shades of Green® at Walt Disney World® Resort | 1950 West Magnolia Palm Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
*Registration is required
Shades of Green®, spread over 23 scenic acres on Walt Disney World® Resort grounds, is a special retreat for military members and their families.

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