President's Message

The Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Silver Anniversary

“If you want to accomplish anything in life, you can’t just sit back and hope it will happen. You’ve got to make it happen.” Chuck Norris

Break out the champagne! Inflate the balloons! Hang up the streamers! Let's celebrate! 2003 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists! From the vantage point of a member for almost the entire history of the SCA, I cannot help but marvel at how a Society that was once a small organization of dedicated anesthesiologists, has grown into one of the most powerful and important proponents of education and research in cardiac, thoracic, and vascular anesthesia in the world! Indeed, it is a time to celebrate!

What better way to celebrate this milestone than by attending one of our major educational offerings. A focus on education and research has guided our Society for twenty-five years, and next year's meetings will offer programs certainly befitting a silver celebration! On February 10 - 15, the 6th Annual Comprehensive Review and Update of Perioperative Echocardiography will be held in San Diego, California. Tailored for clinical decision-making using transesophageal echocardiography during the perioperative period, the course appeals to cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons as well cardiovascular anesthesiologists. The 50+ faculty, under the guidance of Program Director Bob Savage, MD, provides a wide experience that features a Surgical Anatomical Wet Lab and course work in Basic Transesophageal Echo education (February 10-12). These sessions focus on the physical principles of ultrasound technology and the correlation of what is seen on the echocardiography machine with the actual anatomic structures. As a "graduate" of last year's course, I can attest to the value of having direct visualization of the anatomical relationship in a pig heart. This experience helps to highlight the technical issues that one frequently confronts in the operating room. The second half of the program (February 13-15) is designed to teach how transesophageal echo findings help in the anesthesia and surgical decision-making process for both adult and pediatric patients undergoing both cardiac and non-cardiac surgical procedures. This very comprehensive meeting is of tremendous value for anyone interested in increasing their knowledge of transesophageal echocardiography and in preparing for the perioperative echo certifying examination.

If you cannot make the echo meeting, consider the 8th Annual Update on Cardiopulmonary Bypass to be held March 16-21 in Snowmass, CO. Once again, the program chairs Frederick Hensley Jr, MD; Christina Mora Mangano, MD; and Bruce Spiess, MD have put together a gangbuster (mogul buster?) meeting with over 20 faculty members. The course objectives are to provide an update to all attendees on the latest information surrounding cardiopulmonary bypass with a focus on organ preservation, pathophysiology, hemostatic considerations, and new technologies. The "Case Conference" format used in most sessions of this meeting encourages interaction and allows the participants to address a wide variety of issues that may not be discussed in a more structured format.

The culmination of our Silver Anniversary year will be the 25th Annual Meeting and Workshop of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists in Miami Beach, Florida on April 26-30. The Program Committee Chair, Sol Aronson, MD; Vice Chair, Linda Shore-Lesserson, MD; and Vice Chair of Workshops, Scott Reeves, MD have put together a first rate educational and scientific program comprised of refresher courses, workshops, plenary sessions, poster discussions, and a variety of concurrent educational presentations that will satisfy nearly everyone's special interest. This meeting will certainly provide the educational highlight to our 25th year celebration, but it will also be the site of a gala black tie (optional) event to cap our year-long observance of this milestone in our Society's history. A spectacular evening is planned for Monday night of the meeting with a fabulous dinner and special entertainment. Special guests will include many of the old (as in past, not elderly!) SCA presidents. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you to interact with friends and colleagues from the present and the past. If you can only attend one SCA meeting this year, make it Miami!

Whether you choose the Pacific beaches of San Diego in February, the beautiful snow-covered Colorado Mountains in March, or the warm ocean breezes of Miami in April, I look forward to seeing you all at one of our meetings this coming year! Join us in our celebration of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists' incredible achievement of 25 years!

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