Ethics Committee

Committee Description

STRATEGIC PLAN GOAL – Big Audacious Goal (BAG)
To be the globally recognized leader in cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesiology and perioperative care.

The Ethics Committee monitors and evaluates evolving ethical issues and offers recommendations concerning those issues to the SCA Board of Directors.

The committee assesses and enhances the ethical behavior of the Society and its members. Specific duties include:

1. To respond to inquiries regarding ethical issues.
2. To develop and review SCA policies regarding ethical issues or behavior for the Officers and/or Board of Directors.
3. To review the scientific program committees and SCA CME activities for disclosure of conflicts of interest as directed by the Board and CME committee.
4. To review and resolve complaints made against members, and other mandates as directed the Board of Directors or Officers of the SCA.

The committee reports to the SCA Board of Directors.

The committee meets at least once per year.

The committee is composed of the Chair, Vice-Chair, and up to seven other committee members. A Board Liaison may be appointed at the discretion of the President.

Committee members serve for a term of two years for any number of terms, but not more than three terms consecutively.


Committee Members

Full Name Institution Committee Title Term Ends
Charles Napolitano, MD Chair April, 2021
Michael S. O’Connor, DO MPH Cleveland Clinic Vice-Chair April, 2021
Glenn Gravlee, MD University of Colorado Denver Board Liaison April, 2021
Wendy K. Bernstein, MD MBA University of Rochester Medical Center Member April, 2022
Steven Miller, MD Columbia University Medical Center Member April, 2021
Stephen Nichols, MD Anesthesia Associates of Lancaster Member April, 2021
Sarah C. Smith, MD Westchester Medical Center Member April, 2021
Michele Sumler, MD Emory University Member April, 2021
Eric J. Crimmins, MD CHI Nebraska Heart Hospital Member April, 2021
Elvera L. Baron, MD PhD Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Member April, 2021
Claudia Viens, MD Winchester Medical Center Member April, 2022
Arvind Rajagopal, MBBS Rush University Medical Center Member April, 2022
Agnieszka Trzcinka, MD Tufts Medical Center Member April, 2022