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Prasugrel – Clinical Implications in Current Anesthesia Practice

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Preoperative Atrial Fibrillation and Elevated C-Reactive Protein Levels as Predictors of Mediastinitis After Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

The Effect of Diabetes Mellitus on In-Hospital and Long-Term Outcomes after Heart Valve Operations

Higher vs Lower Positive End-Expiratory Pressure in Patients With Acute Lung Injury and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Preserved Metabolic Coupling and Cerebrovascular Reactivity During Mild Hypothermia After Cardiac Arrest

Increasing Long-Term Major Vascular Events and Resource Consumption in Patients Receiving Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass. A Single-Center Prospective Observational Study

No major differences in 30-day outcomes in high-risk patients randomized to off-pump versus on-pump coronary bypass surgery: The Best Bypass Surgery Trial

Toll-like receptor 2 plays a critical role in cardiac dysfunction during polymicrobial sepsis

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President's Message

Why Me?...Who else?

The SCA’s mission statement says that we are an international organization of physicians, which promotes excellence in patient care through education and research in perioperative care for patients undergoing cardiothoracic and vascular procedures. The work of the Society is done by its members, so to achieve these goals, we rely on the active participation of the membership.

Every year, there are many opportunities for members to contribute their talents, expertise, and experience as cardiovascular anesthesiologists. Committee membership is an excellent way to participate, as these committees play a vital role for the Society.

Leadership positions and support for the SCA Foundation are also very important and valuable ways to become involved in the SCA. One of the first rules of the Columbia Business School is to never underestimate the value of non-economic compensation. This rule certainly applies to the SCA.

Despite the lack of monetary compensation, one of the benefits of SCA involvement is great personal gratification. Our Society is a productive member of the academic medical community; and as such, it is very reassuring to know the projects of the Society in which you participate will be completed and successful. Another benefit of participation is that these activities can be useful in academic or institutional promotion.

Perhaps most importantly, participation in the SCA activities helps build enduring professional relationships with colleagues throughout the country and the world. Think of the SCA as your real-world social networking “website.” You never know when it will be helpful to know a cardiac anesthesiologist when you are away from home.

This year the Society needs nominations for the President-Elect, the Secretary/Treasurer, two members of the Board of Directors, two members of the CME Committee, and two members of the Nominating Committee. We look forward to your nominations. Your vote in the elections this winter will be critical in shaping the future of our Society. These elections are usually decided by only a few votes and unfortunately only a small percentage of our membership votes. This makes your vote even more important.

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