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Efficacy of catheter ablation and surgical CryoMaze procedure in patients with long-lasting persistent atrial fibrillation and rheumatic heart disease: a randomized trial

Fluids after cardiac surgery: A pilot study of the use of colloids versus crystalloids

Prediction models for prolonged intensive care unit stay after cardiac surgery: Systematic review and validation study

Safety of Recombinant Activated Factor VII in Randomized Clinical Trials

Transcatheter Aortic-Valve Implantation for Aortic Stenosis in Patients Who Cannot Undergo Surgery

Echocardiographic predictors for persistent functional mitral regurgitation after aortic valve replacement in patients with aortic valve stenosis

Transfusion Requirements After Cardiac Surgery: The TRACS Randomized Controlled Trial

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SCA 2011 Board of Directors and Committee Nominees

Dr. Christina Mora Mangano, Chair of SCA’s Nominating Committee, announces the following slate of candidates for officer, director and committee positions:

President Elect

Dr. ReevesScott T. Reeves, MD
Scott T. Reeves, MD, MBA is the John E. Mahaffey, MD endowed Professor and Chairman of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has been a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists since 1994 and is completing his term as Secretary Treasurer of the Society. He has served on the Program Committee from 2001-2008 and was Program Chairman for the annual meetings in 2007 and 2008. Dr. Reeves was co editor of the 2005 SCA monograph, Fundamental Applications of Transesophageal Echocardiography. He has served on the SCA Board of Directors since 2006 and the SCA Foundation Board of Directors since 2010. As an SCA Board Member, he has been an advocate for programs to increase international representation, promote safety research and education as a society priority and to promote enhanced fellowship and postgraduate training in cardiothoracic anesthesiology. He is also a committee member of the National Board of Echocardiography Advanced PTExAM, vice chairman of the Intraoperative Council of the ASE and vice chairman of the cardiothoracic tract for the ASA annual meeting.

 

Secretary/Treasurer

Dr. Shore-LessersonLinda Shore-Lesserson, MD
Dr. Linda Shore-Lesserson is Professor of Anesthesiology and Director of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Dr. Shore-Lesserson graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated magna cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. She also received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She was an anesthesiology resident and spent a specialty year in cardiothoracic anesthesia at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, American Board of Anesthesiology, and National Board of Echocardiography.

Dr. Shore-Lesserson serves on research, administrative, and academic departmental committees at Montefiore. She is the incoming Chair of the TEE Certification in Perioperative Echocardiography Test Writing Committee. In addition, she has served as Chair of the Program Committee for the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, and is now on the Board of Directors of the SCA. She is the Chairperson for the Cardiovascular Track for the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists from 2007-2011. She is also a member of the Committee on Blood Management of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and sits on the Scientific Program Committee for the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists PGA Annual Meeting. She served as a member of the Associate Editorial Board for Anesthesia & Analgesia until 2010 and is now a Guest Editor and Liason Editor for the SCA-section of Anesthesia & Analgesia. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia and is Section Editor of the Case Conference Section of this journal.

Research interests lie in the field of hemostasis and thrombosis as it relates to cardiovascular disease. Research grants have been received from medical industry sources and a philanthropic organization. The results of her research have been published in high impact peer reviewed journals. She lectures frequently at national and international scientific meetings having accomplished more than 100 visiting professorships and invited lectures.

 

Board of Directors

Two at-large positions open

Dr. CooperLebron Cooper, MD
Lebron Cooper, MD is Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He currently serves as Chief of Anesthesiology and site director for cardiothoracic anesthesiology at the University of Miami Hospital and Director of Clinical Operations at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of Miami. He has been a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists since 1996. He has served on the SCA Scientific Program Committee for the past three years and has moderated the Thoracic Session, the Electrophysiology Session, and the Hands-on Thoracic Workshop at the Annual Meeting. He has been an active senior presenter of PBLD sessions at the Annual Meeting, working with junior faculty members to encourage their participation. He serves on the Steering Committee for the SCA FOCUS Initiative and is Chair of its PR Committee. As an SCA Board Member, he hopes to work with other members to adopt creative ways of increasing participation of fellows and young practitioners at the Annual Meeting and as Society members, to continue promoting fellowship training recognition in cardiothoracic anesthesiology, and to work to advance mutual goals of anesthesiologists, surgeons, nurses, perfusionists and others involved in the care of the cardiothoracic surgery patient.

 

Dr. EatonMichael P. Eaton, MD
Michael P. Eaton, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology in the Teacher-Clinician-Scholar Track at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY where he is also the Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs and Director of the CT Anesthesia Fellowship. He has been a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists since 1994. He currently serves as Chair of the SCA Electronic Communications Committee, of which he has been an active member since 2003. This committee is primarily responsible for oversight of the SCA website, including its ongoing comprehensive redesign. Dr. Eaton also serves on the SCA Web-based education task force, which is developing a series of lectures for Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellows, and the SCA Task Force on Educational Activities. As a board member, Dr. Eaton will continue to improve the website to make it a resource for residents, fellows and attendings alike. He will also pursue the SCA’s continued participation in discovery, encouraging research and guiding focus toward areas of acknowledged need.

 

Dr. GinsbergSteven H. Ginsberg, MD
Steven H. Ginsberg is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He has been a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists since 1998. He is integrally involved with resident and fellow education at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and has won the coveted Teacher of the Year Award. He has also been awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Faculty Achievement Award for his work as Program Director, to establish and maintain the ACGME-approved Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Fellowship. In 2009 he was instrumental in establishing the SCA Web-based Fellowship Education Committee. Dr Ginsberg led efforts by this committee to establish the “Featured Lecture Series”, in which nationally-recognized cardiac anesthesiologists present various lectures concerning topics which may be difficult to obtain at a local level.

 

Dr. MazerC. David Mazer, MD
David Mazer, M.D. is a Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto. He is actively engaged in clinical practice and research in anesthesia and critical care, and has been a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists since 1986. He currently serves as a member of the ASA Educational Track Subcommittee on Cardiac Anesthesia, the SCA Bylaws Committee and the SCA/STS Blood Conservation Task Force. Previously, he was a member of the SCA Annual Meeting Program Committee, a speaker at the Cardiopulmonary Bypass and Annual Meetings and Canadian representative on the SCA Board of Directors. He has also been a Co-Chair and steering committee member of the World Congress of the World Society of Cardio-Thoracic Surgeons. His first anesthesia job was in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, so he appreciates the issues for both non-academic and academic practice. Dr. Mazer has been an advocate for collaboration between anesthesiologists and others involved in the care of the cardiothoracic surgical patient, for the generation and translation of new knowledge into clinical practice, for promotion of fellowship and resident interest in cardiothoracic anesthesiology and for education of clinicians involved perioperative care.

 

Dr. ZvaraDavid A. Zvara, MD
Dr. Zvara is currently serving a one-year term on the Board of Directors and is running for reelection. His past service to the Society is highlighted by a term as Chair of the Annual Meeting Program Committee (2007-2009), Vice-Chair of the Program Committee (2003-2007), Program Committee member (2000-2003), Newsletter Committee (1995-2000), and member of the TEE Program Committee (2006-2008). In addition to these duties, Dr. Zvara has presented original research, refresher course material, PBLD material, workshops and TEE related educational material at many of the Society meetings and the ASA.

Dr. Zvara has been an active member since 1989 at which time he presented his work at the 11th Annual SCA Meeting in Seattle, Washington. Currently, Dr. Zvara is the Professor and Chairman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “I am most proud of my role in expanding the educational venues offered by the SCA,” Zvara said. “Each year, I placed an emphasis on reaching out to new members, new speakers, new educators, researchers and clinicians. If elected to the Board, I am most interested in continuing this work to include a broader base of clinicians and better represent the interests of cardiovascular anesthesiologists at home and abroad. We must continue to find ways to best serve our membership as our profession changes and as our educational formats evolve.”

 

CME Committee

Two elected positions open

Dr. AndritsosMichael J. Andritsos, MD
Michael Andritsos, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Track at The Ohio State University Medical Center where he serves as Director of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesiology. He received his residency and fellowship training at Washington University in St. Louis. He currently is involved in The Ohio State University Medical Center serving on numerous committees for patient safety. He dedicates his time to resident and fellow cardiothoracic education, particularly in echocardiography where he developed an elective rotation in perioperative TEE for residents. He has been a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists since 2003, and has been actively involved as a speaker, moderator and abstract reviewer at the annual meeting over the past 3 years.

 

Dr. ChristieAngus A. Christie, MD
Angus Christie, MD is the Director of Research and the Associate Residency Director in the Department of Anesthesiology at Maine Medical Center. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and completed his residency at UNC. Following residency, he finished a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at Duke University. Since arriving in Maine, he is actively involved in education at both the departmental and institutional level. Currently, he chairs the Scholarship Oversight Committee and is a member of several committees, including Education and Curriculum, Simulation, and Transfusion Medicine. In addition, he is a regular participant in the Northern New England Cardiovascular Study Group.

 

Dr. GrigoreAlina M. Grigore, MD
Alina M Grigore, MD, MHS, FASE is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Director of the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology. She has been a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists since 1996. She is currently part of the Interdisciplinary Professional Practice Committee where she is actively involved in developing the “Guidelines for the Practice of Cardiopulmonary Bypass in Adults”. She is also part of the ASE Bylaws and Ethics Committee and she has served on the SCA Research Committee and SCA Scientific Program Committee. She has been a speaker at the SCA and ASA Annual Meetings and a speaker at the SCA Annual Update on Cardiopulmonary Bypass Meetings. As a SCA active member, she has been an advocate for enhanced, active collaboration with other cardiac subspecialties and for advanced knowledge and clinical skills of cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesiologists.

 

Dr. KraidinJonathan L. Kraidin, MD
Jonathan Kraidin, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/UMDNJ. He has been an Associate Oral Board Examiner since 2003 and oversees his department’s mock oral board program. He is the section head for Thoracic Anesthesia, and is actively involved with residency training within his cardiothoracic section. He is one of two anesthesiologists at his program involved with onsite training for performing minimally invasive port-access heart surgery.

 

 

Dr. StoneMarc E. Stone, MD
Marc E. Stone, MD is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Program Director of the Fellowship in Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He has been a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists since 1999. Dr. Stone has been a frequent speaker at the Annual meeting and has also served as a member of the Scientific Program Committee for the Annual Meeting. Dr. Stone has been co-director of the annual CME course “Annual Symposium: Clinical Update in Anesthesiology, Surgery and Perioperative Medicine” since 2000 and is familiar with current CME regulations.

 

Nominating Committee

Two elected positions open

Dr. MittnachtAlexander Mittnacht, MD
Alexander Mittnacht, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. He specializes in both adult and pediatric cardiac anesthesia, and is the Director of Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia at the Mount Sinai Medical Center New York. His research interests include fast-tracking in pediatric cardiac anesthesia, tissue oximetry in children undergoing surgery for congenital heart disease and in adults undergoing procedures in the electrophysiology lab. Dr. Mittnacht has been a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists since 1998. He has been part of SCA sponsored meetings as faculty since 2003, and has assisted in many workshops on transesophageal echocardiography as well as handheld ultrasound applications.

 

Dr. WallMichael H. Wall, MD
Michael H. Wall, M.D., F.C.C.M. is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. He has been a member of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists since 1992. He has served as a member of the SCA International Committee and SCA Newsletter Committee. He currently is a member of the SCA Annual Meeting Program Committee, FOCUS Fundraising and FOCUS Public Relations Committees. He was a co-founder of and continues to coordinate the SCA’s Mentorship program and has been a speaker at the Annual Meeting and Workshops. He is a member of the ABA Critical Care Examination Committee, a Senior Editor of the ABA In-Training Examination, member of the ABA Maintenance of Certification Exam Committee and an Associate Examiner for the ABA Oral Examination. As coordinator of the SCA Mentorship program he has encouraged medical students, residents and fellows to pursue careers in cardiothoracic anesthesiology and critical care and to become active members of the SCA. He has been an advocate for promoting the specialties of cardiothoracic anesthesiology and cardiothoracic critical care, echocardiography and ultrasound education as an integral component of anesthesiology residency and cardiothoracic and critical care fellowship training.

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