Recent Postings

  1. Seven West Virginia anesthesiologists attended the ASA Legislative Conference in Washington DC last week, and visited our congressional delegates. We met personally with all three representatives and one senator. All agreed it was our best year for having our anesthesiology issues understood.


(L-R) Drs Seth Crislip, Ralph Harding, Alex Skaff, David Graf, Sen Manchin, Amanda Deskins, Robert Johnstone, Brian Grose


The primary issues we discussed with our representatives included:

  1. Expand access to anesthesiology medical care by allowing Medicare Part A funds to support anesthesiologists in rural hospitals. There are 7 WV hospitals where current regulations allow hospitals to pay nurse anesthetists but not anesthesiologists, an unfortunate situation that prevents these hospitals from recruiting anesthesiologists to attract more surgeons. HR 1044, “Medicare Access to Rural Anesthesiology Act” would correct this.
  2. Ease drug shortages. Since 2006 the number of identified new drug shortages has increased from 70 to over 211 in 2010. Many of the drugs in shortage are critical drugs used for anesthesia and chemotherapy. S 296, “Preserving Access to Life-Saving Medications Act” would increase congressional and administration scrutiny of drug shortages.
  3. Ensure fair payments. ASA opposes Medicare Part B physician payment cuts and supports reform of Medicare anesthesia payments. HR 452, “Medicare Decisions Accountability Act of 2011” and S 668, “Health Care Bureaucrats Elimination Act” would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board and reform payment policies. In addition we advocated for surgical home payment trials that are directed by anesthesiologists.
  4. Empower patients to know who is providing their care, and enhance cost-conscious patient decision-making with accurate information about health care providers. HR 451, “Health Care Truth and Transparency Act” is a patient-rights bill that would accomplish this.


(L-R) Morgantown anesthesiologists meeting with Rep David McKinley of the WV first congressional district. Drs Brian Grose, Robert Johnstone, Rep McKinley, David Graf


4. All WV anesthesiologists should belong to the ASA and WVSSA. The individual

benefits are many, and these societies are the only two advocating effectively for the

advancement of anesthesiologists and the medical practice of anesthesiology. Anyone

not belonging is depending on and benefitting from the support of others. With more

members our societies speak with more clout. Please check to see that all your

partners have joined. Anyone needing payment information can get it from the

WVSSA Secretary.


5. Thanks to our many ASAPAC contributors. PAC contributions are a primary way to

support anesthesiology advocacy. Please make a contribution at,, and proudly wear your PAC pin.


2011 PAC contributors from WV, as of 5/11/11


Allen Dennis W. M.D.
Bader Stephen M.D.
Ball Philippe G. M.D.
Bowling Michael J. D.O.
Boyce Kyle M.D.
Broadman Lynn M. M.D.
Cornett Edgar S. M.D.
Costello Kevin F. M.D.
Crislip Seth M. M.D.
Deskins Amanda L. D.O.
Domaoal Antonio M. M.D.
Driver Richard P. Jr., M.D.
Ellison Matthew B. M.D.
Graf David M.D.
Green Adam W. M.D.
Grose Brian W. M.D.
Hensley Jeremy L. M.D.
Johnstone Robert E. M.D.
Kelly James C. M.D.
Kohli Arpan M.D.
Lo Yuan-Feng C. M.D.
Marshall Anthony S. M.D.
Massey Eric M. M.D.
Olness Erik J. M.D.
Parks Lance J. D.O.
Payne Christopher S. M.D.
Rodgers Drew E. M.D.
Shaffer Elizabeth G. M.D.
Sizemore Daniel C. M.D.
Skaff Paul A. M.D.
Snider Allan Jeffrey M.D.
Walker Jeremie A M.D.
Watkins Matthew J. D.O.
Wilson Colin A. M.D.



6. Below is an announcement of our annual WVSSA educational meeting. The WVSSA

business meeting will follow on Sunday morning. We encourage all members to

attend. The meeting and CME credits are free for all WVSSA members. Note that we

will adjourn in time for everyone to attend the lunchtime installation of MaryAnn

Cater, DO as the 2011-2012 president of the West Virginia State Medical Association.


West Virginia State Society of Anesthesiologists

Annual Educational Program



Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Greenbrier

In conjunction with the WV State Medical Association


8:30-9:00am Evidence-based Anesthesia for Total Hip and Knee Replacement

David Hardman, MD

9:00-9:30 Postoperative Pain Therapy

John Rowlingson, MD

9:30-9:50 Maternal Fever and Labor Epidural Analgesia

Fikry Attaallah, MD

9:50-10:00 Coffee break

10:00-10:30 Fire Safety

Robert Johnstone, MD

10:30-11:00 Opioid-Sparing Strategies: Are they Effective?

David Hardman, MD, MBA

11:00-11:30 Local Anesthetic Toxicity

John Rowlingson, MD

11:30-11:45 Panel Discussion


11:45 Adjourn



Fikry Attaallah, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, West Virginia University

David Hardman, MD, MBA

Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Robert Johnstone, MD

Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, West Virginia University

John Rowlingson, MD

Professor of Anesthesiology, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Virginia



It is the policy of the WVU School of Medicine Office of CME to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its educational activities. All faculty/authors/planners participating in our programs are expected to disclose any relevant relationships they may have with commercial companies. For this conference, Dr. Hardman has disclosed that he has received honoraria from Esaote (consultant) and Cadence Pharmaceuticals (speaker). All others have indicated that they have no significant interests to disclose.


These relationships, along with the educational content of this program, have been reviewed and any potential conflicts of interest have been resolved to the satisfaction of the WVU School of Medicine Office of CME.


Learning Objectives Following this conference, participants should be able to:

Select local anesthetics according to current recommendations

Understand operating room fire causes and change pre-operative preparations to prevent


Recognize risks and solutions for labor analgesia in febrile parturients

Understand the mechanisms of postoperative pain to select therapies that make patients

more comfortable

Identify patients most likely to benefit from opioid-sparing strategies

Design an evidence-based anesthetic for hip and knee joint replacement surgery


Target Audience




Register with the WV State Society of Anesthesiologists. Contact Robert Johnstone, MD, Activity Director, at, or by mail at PO Box 8255, Morgantown, WV 26506



WVSSA members: No cost

WVSSA non-members: $100 (Make checks payable to WV State Society of Anesthesiologists)


CME Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the WVU School of Medicine and the WV State Society of Anesthesiologists. The WVU School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The WVU Office of CME designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



2011 WVSSA officers and their e-address:

President/Alt Delegate       Stuart Cornett, MD –

President-Elect/Delegate   Brian Grose, MD –

Secretary-Treasurer           Robert Johnstone, MD –

Director                             Alex Skaff, MD –

Alt Dir/Delegate                David Graf, MD –

Alt Delegate                      Russell Stewart, MD –


Robert Johnstone, MD

WVSSA Secretary




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