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   February 26, 2016

  1. The West Virginia legislature is in session, and several bills are under consideration that could affect anesthesiologists. One would grant prescriptive authority under certain circumstances to advance practice registered nurses. Nurse anesthetists are APRNs in WV by legal definition, but it is unclear whether this bill would affect the relationship of physician anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists. Several Charleston anesthesiologists are monitoring this and other bills on behalf of WVSSA. Alex Skaff, MD has testified before a house committee on this bill.
  2. Nationally ASA continues to monitor a possible VA initiative to require nurse anesthetists to work independent of physician anesthesiologists, a clear threat to patient safety and the healthcare of veterans, as well as a prescription for chaos. A majority of West Virginia anesthesiologists (53 percent) have responded to the call to send comments to the VA about this misguided initiative. Anyone who has not can find the link for participation at Protect Safe VA Care. For current information on the status of the VA nursing handbook, read the January 12 message from ASA President Daniel Cole, M.D., and ASA Chief Advocacy Officer Manuel Bonilla. 
  3. WVSSA will again sponsor members to attend the ASA Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, Monday, May 16 – Wednesday, May 18. We would like a delegation of about ten, representing several practices and each of the three WV congressional delegations. Congress will be in session that week, and we will visit with our representatives and senators on Wednesday. Active members pay their own expenses, but receive free registration to the conference and $250 to help cover their costs, plus participate in one group meal. Please let Dr. Johnstone, WVSSA Sect-Treas, know if you are interested in attending.
  4. Society dues for 2016 are now payable. Members must join both the national (ASA) society and state component (WVSSA) societies. WVSSA dues for active members are $200. ASA collects the dues for both itself and the WVSSA. Members can pay by credit card through the ASA website at, 36 WV anesthesiologists paid their dues in January. Renewing members should also contribute to the ASA Political Action Committee, which represents anesthesiologists in election and advocacy activities. Find more information about the PAC and a link to contribute at,
  5. Save the date. The WVSSA will hold its annual education and business meetings at the Greenbrier in conjunction with the state medical association on August 27 and 28, 2016. Following the newsletter is a first draft of the educational program. The meeting is free to all WVSSA members.
  6. The WVSSA currently has 202 members, and a financial balance of $122,133.92.
  1. WVSSA officers:


Immed Past-Pres
Asst Sect-Treas
ASA Delegates

ASA Alt Delgs

ASA Res Delg
ASA Director
ASA Alt Dir
Legislative [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Seth Crislip, MD (
Matt Ellison, MD (
Michael Panger, MD
Robert Johnstone, MD (
Brian Grose, MD
Alex Skaff, MD
Brian Grose, MD
Matt Ellison, MD
Chad Sizemore, MD
John Bozek, MD
Robert Johnstone, MD
Alex Skaff, MD (
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Robert Johnstone, MD, Newsletter Editor

West Virginia State Society of Anesthesiologists

Annual Educational Meeting

The Greenbrier

Saturday, August 27, 2016


Educational Program














11:30-Noon     [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Introductions

Robert Johnstone, MD

Anaphylaxis and Anaphylactoid Reactions: Myths, Truths,
and Treatment Recommendations
Rob Isaak, DO

Prevent Eye Injuries and Blindness during Anesthesia
Brian Grose, MD

ASA Update
John Dombrowski, MD


Labor Analgesia: Getting the most out of your Neuraxial Block
Manuel Vallejo, MD

Enhanced Recovery after Surgery: A Clinical Pathway and Multidisciplinary Quality Improvement Collaborative
Rob Isaak, DO

Improve anesthesiologist performance with feedback of
comparative data
Chad Sizemore, MD

Round table discussion with speakers[/ezcol_2third_end]


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Educational Objectives. Following this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize anaphylaxis in the OR and how to treat it
  2. Understand how to prevent eye injuries in the OR
  3. Recognize the advantages of organized anesthesiology
  4. Improve success rates of labor epidurals
  5. Establish a program to improve patient outcomes from surgery
  6. Learn to use comparative data to improve clinician performance

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