The 2021 SCA Annual Meeting and Workshops and Thoracic Anesthesia Symposium will be a virtual platform held April 23 – 27th, 2021.

During the SCA Annual Meeting, you will experience:

  • Amazing content delivered by experts in cardiothoracic anesthesiology, interventional cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery
  • Experts will provide didactics, small group breakout teaching, and high-yield discussions
  • Hybrid approach to virtual learning, with both on-demand education and live panel discussions
  • Problem based learning discussions, scientific abstracts, and workshops are planned to optimize attendee learning and connection on critical cardiothoracic anesthesiology topics
  • The virtual platform to allow for attendee networking, idea-sharing, and exhibits

We hope to see you online!

This year, in our virtual platform, you can:

  • Earn over 30 hours of continuing medical education that will be on-demand post meeting for up to 60 days.
  • Attend live discussion sessions to help you discover up to date practice pathways and innovations in the field
  • Register for Workshops and PBLDs tailored for YOUR educational needs
  • Network with 1,200 other professionals in anesthesiology to help you gain insight into your practice and career
  • Connect with industry and exhibiting companies to learn about new products and programs

We encourage you to sign up for the virtual 9th Annual Thoracic Anesthesia Symposium on April 23, 2021!

SCA2021 Virtual Annual Meeting Workshop Descriptions

3D TEE Workshop SOLD OUT!

Description: Applications of 3D echocardiography have advanced greatly in the last few years. This technology offers unique and critical solutions to clinical problems. This virtual workshop provides practical, problem based, and easy to understand sessions to help physicians master necessary 3D skills for daily practice. 3D ventricular function quantification, detailed 3D valvular analysis and 3D procedural guidance will be reviewed with renowned echocardiography experts in the field.

Advanced TEE Workshop SOLD OUT!

Description: Do not let numbers scare you! Learn advanced quantification with the echo experts at this cased based, TEE workshop that will discuss advanced methods of quantitative cardiac assessment. Participants will learn to recognize the role of quantitative echocardiography in clinical decision-making and discuss real-world applications of quantitative analysis. Learn today and put these techniques into practice tomorrow.

Interventional Workshop

Description: Come learn from the experts about Percutaneous Procedures, including TAVR, MitraClip and Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion. Led by leaders in the field, physician-instructors will provide all the necessary tips and tricks to learn about these procedures. Special emphasis is placed on procedural steps, communication, TEE image correlation, and collaborative practice.

MCS Workshop SOLD OUT!

Description: Get the 2021 view of mechanical circulatory support from a multidisciplinary team: perfusionists, critical care physicians, and anesthesiologists. Learn the nuts and bolts of cardiopulmonary bypass, ECMO, and VADs in an interactive workshop environment with the experts. Critical issues in placement and perioperative management of these devices will be addressed, with special emphasis on ECMO: cannulation strategies, venting, and troubleshooting.

POCUS Workshop

Description: Practical point of care ultrasonography is becoming more accessible to a growing number of providers. This expert-led workshop is centered on the basics of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). In addition to cardiac evaluation, the workshop will cover the use of lung ultrasound, vascular access, shock states, as well as the FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma) protocol. Special emphasis is placed on clinical applications of these techniques, as well as tips and tricks for image acquisition of these various modalities of POCUS.

Professional Development Workshop

Description: Ready for advancement but not sure of your next step? This unique, interactive workshop will integrate expertise from both the academic and business world to help SCA members navigate and succeed in both the academic and private practice landscape, with the goal of fostering future leaders. Specifically, attendees will work on skill development in networking, mentorship, negotiation, and presentation. Take homes include how to perfect the “elevator pitch”, cultivate healthy mentor and sponsor relationships, negotiate for time and compensation, and create and deliver an effective presentation.


Description: Get ready for Enhanced Recovery after cardiac surgery at your institution. In a virtual workshop format, participants will discuss the ins and outs of a cardiac surgical Enhanced Recovery program with the experts, with a focus on programmatic development. Special emphasis is also placed on strategies for managing key measures, including opioid use, acute kidney injury, and incorporation of regional techniques.

SCA 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting Problem Based Learning Discussions available!

Saturday April 24, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

PBLD #1 – SOLD OUT – Lung Transplantation Management
Moderators: Peter Slinger, FRCPC, MD and Archer Martin, MD

PBLD #2 – SOLD OUT – ECMO In Thoracic Surgery
Moderators: Rebecca Klinger, MD, MS and Eleanor Vega, MD

PBLD #3 – SOLD OUT – How to Design and Implement a Thoracic ERAS Program at Your Hospital
Moderators: Alessia Pedoto, MD, FASA and Amanda Kleiman, MD

PBLD #4 – SOLD OUT – Patient on LVAD for Thoracic Surgery
Moderators: Wanda Popescu, MD and Diana Anca, MD

PBLD #5 – SOLD OUT – Esophagectomy
Moderators: Jagtar Singh Heir, DO and Ju Mei Ng, MD

PBLD #6 – SOLD OUT – Airway Crisis in the Thoracic Surgical Patient
Moderators: Philip Hartigan, MD and Stephen Collins, MD

Sunday, April 25, 2021
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

PBLD #7 – Perfusion Secrets
Moderators: Karen Jones Smith, MD and Vidya Rao, MD, PhD, FASE

PBLD #8 – Managing Adult Congenital Patient for Elective Surgery
Moderators: Alexander Mittnacht, MD, FASE and Tiffany Williams, MD

PBLD #9 – Nuts and Bolts of EP Ablations: Experts Share Their Secrets….and Their Fears
Moderators: Diana Anca, MD and Linda Shore-Lesserson, MD, FASE

PBLD #10 – SCA/STS Database Reporting & Dashboard: Adding Value to Perioperative Care
Moderators: Jose Mauricio Del Rio, MD, FASE, Miklos Kertai, MD and Carole Krohn, MPH, BSN, RN

PBLD #11 – Stop the Bleeding: Our 2021 Guide to Hemostasis for Cardiac Surgery
Moderators: Kamrouz Ghadimi and Prakash Patel, MD, FASE

PBLD #12 – VA ECMO: Periop Management
Moderators: Meena Bhatia, MD and Priya Kumar, MD

Monday, April 26, 2021
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

PBLD #13 – VAD Emergencies
Moderators: Rebecca Aron, MD and Jenny Kwak, MD, FASE

PBLD #14 – Guidelines for Valvular Disease
Moderators: Reed Harvey, MD and Stan Shernan, MD, FASE

PBLD #15 – Cerebral Protection in Cardiac Surgery – Pitfalls and Plans
Moderators: Charles Hogue, MD and Choy Lewis, MD

PBLD #16 – Severe Pulmonary Hypertension and Noncardiac Surgery – No Need to Be Afraid
Moderators: Sinead Nyhan, MD and Jochen Steppan, MD

PBLD #17 – Watchman Procedures: Conundrums, Complications, and the Role of the Cardiac Anesthesiologist
Moderators: Theresa Gelzinis, MD and Noah Rolleri, MD

PBLD #18 – Role of ECMO in COVID-19 Disease
Moderators: Lillibeth Fermin, MD and Megan Kostibas, MD

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

PBLD #19 – SOLD OUT – Severe Right Ventricular Dysfunction after Cardiac Surgery – Everyone’s Nightmare
Moderators: Sreekanth Cheruku, MD and Heather Hayanga, MD, MPH, FASE

PBLD #20 – Cardiovascular Disease and Pregnancy – What to Do When You are Taking Care of Two
Moderators: Draginja Cvetkovic, MD and Sarah C. Smith, MD

PBLD #21 – Destination to Where: Ethical Dilemmas in Mechanical Circulatory Support
Moderators: Elvera Baron, MD, PhD and Michael S. O’Connor, MD

PBLD #22 – Recurrent Anaphylaxis: An Update on Perioperative Allergic Reactions for the Cardiac Anesthesiologist
Moderators: Jonathan Kay, MD and Richard L. Wolman, MD

PBLD #23 – CIED Management in Cardiac Surgery and Beyond
Moderators: Greg Blair, MD and Peter Schulman, MD

PBLD #24 – MR – Part of the Team and Making an Impact
Moderators: Anne Cherry, MD, FASE and Douglas Shook, MD, FASE

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

PBLD #25 – Aortic Valve Repair – How Can a Comprehensive Aortic Valve TEE Assessment Improve Long Term Results
Moderators: Ravi Joshi, MD, FASE and Benjamin Sohmer, MD

PBLD #26 – They Want to Stent What?!: Navigating Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) of Chronic Total Occlusion (CTU)
Moderators: Amanda Fox, MD and Matthew Vanneman, MD

PBLD #27 – Descending Thoracic Aortic Repair – Spinal Cord Protection Strategies
Moderators: Harendra Arora, MD, MBA, FASA and Wanda Popescu, MD

PBLD #28 – HIT and CPB
Moderators: Michael Eaton, MD and Roman Sniecinski, MD, FASE

PBLD #29 – SOLD OUT – High Risk TAVR – What Could Go Wrong?
Moderators: Sanjay Dwarakanath, MD, FASE and Komal Patel, MD

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