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

Friday, October 12

Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel

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

0600-1700 On-site Registration and Exhibitor Tables (Room: Yosemite Foyer)
0630-0700 Continental Breakfast and Breaks  (Room: Yosemite Foyer)
0700-0715 Welcome - Kenneth Elmassian, D.O., FASA, ASA Secretary (Room: Yosemite A/B)
0715-0730 President’s Message - Jeb Kucik, M.D., FASA, USSA Vice President  (Room: Yosemite A/B)
0700-1700 Annual Academic Meeting - General Session/Lectures/Panel Session  (Room: Yosemite A/B)

Tragedy Impetus for Perioperative Anesthetic Programs for Recovering Addicts

James Baker, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Medical Director, Merrimack Valley Hospice

Joseph Myers, M.D.
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Creator, ComfortSafe Pyramid, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital


From Opioids to Multimodal Analgesia: How the History of the Opioid Epidemic Influenced Anesthesia Practice

Kay Leissner, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Service, VA Boston Healthcare System, VISN 1 Chief Anesthesiology Consultant, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Harvard Medical School

Edward R. Mariano, M.D., M.A.S. (Clinical Research)
Chief, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care Service and, Associate Chief of Staff for Inpatient Surgical Services, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine


Epidemic of Mass Casualties: Lessons Learned for the Anesthesiologists

Dean Polce, M.D.
Partner, U.S. Anesthesia Partners Nevada

0945-1000 Break and Visit Exhibitor Tables  (Room: Yosemite Foyer)

Role of the ROTEM/TEG in 2018

Evan Pivalizza, M.B.Ch.B.
FFA Distinguished Teaching Professor, Vice-Chair for Academic Affairs, Director, Liver Transplant Anesthesia , Department of Anesthesiology, University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston


Antifibrinolytic Therapy: Rationale for Use and Therapeutic Considerations

Jerrold H. Levy, M.D., FAHA, FCCM
Professor of Anesthesiology, Co-Director, Cardiothoracic ICU, Department of Anesthesiology Duke University Medical Center


Managing Oral Anticoagulant Bleeding

Jerrold H. Levy, M.D., FAHA, FCCM
Professor of Anesthesiology, Co-Director, Cardiothoracic ICU, Department of Anesthesiology Duke University Medical Center

1215-1300 Lunch  (Room: Continental 4)

Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction and the Brain Health Initiative

Lee Fleischer, M.D.
Robert D. Dripps Professor & Chair of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania


Leadership Development – Special Leader Panel

  • John Capacchione, M.D., Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Minnesota, CAPT, MC, USNR
  • John Rotruck, M.D., MBA, FASA, CAPT, MC, USN
  • Christina M. Matadial, M.D., Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Chief of Anesthesia, Miami VAMC
  • James Blum, M.D. FCCM, Chief of Anesthesiology Service Line, Atlanta VAMC, Chief of Critical Care, Emory University, Department of Anesthesiology, Vice-Chair for Clinical Research, Emory University Department of Biomedical Informatic
  • Dean T. Giacobbe, M.D., Clinical Director Medical/Dental Education OAA (acting), Associate Chief of Staff – Education VANJHCS, Navy Reserve Anesthesiology Specialty Leader, CAPT, MC, USN






State of Specialty – Special Leader Panel

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


Break and Visit Exhibitor Tables (Room: Yosemite Foyer)

1600-1700 Resident Poster Session (Room: Continental 4)

Afternoon Workshops

  • Regional Anesthesia Stations (Room: Franciscan A)
  • Point of Care Ultrasound Stations (Room: Franciscan B)
  • ROTEM/TEG Workshops (Room: Franciscan C)

Workshops Participating Faculty:
Armando Ariza, M.D., Julio Benitez-Lopez, M.D., Michael Chester, M.D., Jessica Feinleib, M.D., Ph.D., John Guillot, Lori Kwan, M.D., Adam Lichtman, M.D., Joshua Quick, M.D., Ricardo Martinez-Ruiz, M.D., Rigoberto Sierra-Anderson, M.D., Drew Swasey, M.D., Mercy Udoji, M.D., Matthew VanderHoek, M.D., Ann Walia, M.D., Thomas Wong, M.D., Relin Yang, M.D.

1700 Joint Military Annual Academic Meeting Conclusion  
Saturday, October 13

AVAA Annual Meeting and Dinner*

1800 – 2130 | Bistro Boudin | 160 Jefferson St., San Francisco 
*Registration Required

Sunday, October 14

Hope For The Warriors® – Run For The Warriors® 5K Run/Walk 
0700 | Mission Creek Park

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.

 USSA Dining Out Dinner and Reception*

1900 – 2200 | Marines’ Memorial Club | 609 Sutter St., San Francisco 
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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 designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



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