April 17, 2020 | West Palm Beach, Florida 


Program Leadership: 

Wanda M. Popescu, MD - Chair

Alessia Pedoto, MD - Vice-Chair

Randal S. Blank, MD PhD - Workshop & PBLD Coordinator 

Education Meetings Update

Last updated March 16, 2020

The SCA Board of Directors has decided that it is in the best interest of the entire SCA community, for the 2020 Annual Meeting & Workshops and Thoracic Anesthesia Symposium (TAS), scheduled for April 17-21 in West Palm Beach, Florida, to be cancelled.

Leadership and staff have continued to closely monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 following updates and recommendations from the CDC, the WHO, as well as state, local and international governments. Recently, the CDC recommended that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

With the growing number of institutional travel restrictions in place, resulting in registrant and presenter cancellations, both domestically and internationally, our leadership has determined that SCA will not move forward with this meeting.

We were all very much looking forward to the wonderful intellectual collaboration and social interactions that our annual meeting has provided uninterrupted for the last 41 years. While this decision was not easy, it was certainly the safest and most practical response to this historic event.

We know this Annual Meeting and TAS event is eagerly awaited by members -- from seasoned experts to first time presenters. Hundreds of participants have been preparing to present their work. With that in mind, our staff and volunteer leaders will be exploring ways to ensure content can be presented in the future and our communities can engage in other ways.

Thank you for your patience as we carefully considered all options in this unprecedented public health challenge. A special thank you Drs. Michael Eaton, Sasha Shillcutt, and Mary Beth Brady for their leadership on the Scientific Program Planning Committee, as well as, Drs. Wanda Popescu, Alessia Pedoto, and Randal Blank for their dedication to the TAS Program Planning Committee. We especially thank all of you who submitted abstracts and Problem-Based Learning Discussions and planned to attend the Annual Meeting and TAS.

If you had registered for the meeting, CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS. Please feel free to contact info@scahq.org if you have any questions.

We look forward to being together again for the 2021 Annual Meeting and TAS in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from April 23-27.

Education Information

The Thoracic Anesthesia Symposium entirely focuses on thoracic anesthesia for academic and private practitioners. Continue your education with hands-on workshops, small group discussions on the hottest topics in thoracic surgery, top submitted case and research presentations, a pro-con debate, and more!

2019 Annual Thoracic Anesthesia Symposium

Click here to view meeting information from the 2019 meeting.