2022 Annual Uniformed Services Society of Anesthesiologists (USSA)/Association of Veterans Affairs Anesthesiologists (AVAA) Academic Meeting

Friday, October 21, 2022

All times are listed in Central 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)
0630-0830 Registration  
0700-0730 Continental Breakfast  
0730-0800 Non-CME Symposium  
0800-0830 Breakfast Session: “Anesthesia Under Fire - Providing Patient Care in Ukraine Today”
Professor Sergii Dubrov
Anesthesiologist, Kyiv Municipal Clinical Hospital 
President of the Ukrainian Society of Anesthesiologists
0830-0840 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
0840-0855 ASA Welcome and Opening Remarks Randall M. Clark, MD, FASA
President, American Society of Anesthesiologists
0900-0930 Opening Keynote: "Wireless wearable monitoring - understanding evidence and real-world use" Ashish K. Khanna MD, MS, FCCP, FCCM, FASA
Associate Professor, Vice Chair for Research, Department of Anesthesiology, Section on Critical Care Medicine
Director Perioperative Outcomes and Informatics Collaborative (POIC)
Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC
0935-1020 POCUS - State of Affairs and Utility in the Deployed Environment CAPT Harold Gelfand, USN (Moderator)
Director (Acting), Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Medicine
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences 
CDR Derek Lodico, USN
Instructor, Trauma and Burn Anesthesia
Naval Trauma Training Center, LA County+USC, Keck School of Medicine 
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology  
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences 
Dr. Joseph Kamassai, USAF

COL David Ruffin, USA
1020-1040 BREAK  
1040-1100 “The cardiac studies that changed my practice in the last 10 years” Hilary P. Grocott, MD, FRCPC 
Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada
1105-1125 “Practice-Changing Literature: 10 Years in Rapid Review” Craig S. Jabaley, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Emory University, Atlanta, GA
1125-1200 “Anesthetic-sleep interactions: past, present and future” Nadia Lunardi, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
University of Virginia Health
1200-1240 LUNCH  
1240-1310 Perioperative management of antiplatelet therapy Wanda M. Popescu, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Director, Thoracic & Vascular Anesthesia Section
Yale School of Medicine
1315-1345 “Damage Control Resuscitation on the Battlefield: The state of the art and the future” Colonel Andrew Cap
Director of Research / Chief Scientific Officer
US Army Institute of Surgical Research
State of Specialty – Special Leader Panel
  • Army Specialty Leader – COL David Ruffin
  • Army Reserve Specialty Leader - COL Anthony Plunkett
  • Air Force Specialty Leader – Lt. Col Kory Bodily
  • Navy Reserve Specialty Leader – CAPT Darian Rice, MC USN
Skills Sustainment in a Low Operational Tempo
Colonel Stacy Shackelford USAF
Chief, Joint Trauma System United States Department of Defense
United States Department of Defense
“National Anesthesia Service (NAS) Update”
Christina M. Matadial, MD
Program Director, National Anesthesia Service, Veterans Affairs
Chief Anesthesiology, Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center
“How to Launch Your Own Research Program at the VA”
Jose Huizar, MD
Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development / Central Virginia VA Health Care System
Director, Arrhythmia and Device Clinic / Central Virginia VA Health Care System
Professor of Medicine / Virginia Commonwealth University / Pauley Heart Center
1440-1450 BREAK  
“Funding Research at the VA”
Alyssa Huizar
Program Specialist, Cancer Center
McGuire VA Medical Center
“Observational Research Using the VA Corporate Data Warehouse”
Karthik Raghunathan, MBBS MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Veterans Affairs  
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences
Co-Director Critical Care and Perioperative Population Health Research (CAPER) Unit
Duke University School of Medicine
Staff Anesthesiologist | Durham Veterans Affairs Healthcare System
Director, Pre-Anesthesia Evaluation Clinic
1545-1600 BREAK  
1600-1645 Best Abstract Award & Presentation Roman Schumann, MD, FASA (Moderator)
Professor of Anesthesiology, Professor of Surgery
Tufts University School of Medicine
VA Boston Healthcare System
Jong Lee, MD (Moderator)
Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
1650-1720 Closing Keynote: “Hemoglobin based oxygen carriers – the way of future” Jeremy Cannon, MD, SM 
Professor of Surgery
Trauma Program Medical Director and Section Chief, Trauma Surgery
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
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 7.0 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 2022 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, 2022. You will NOT be able to claim credits after this date.

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