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 West Virginia State Society of Anesthesiologists


August 22, 2017


  1. Alex Skaff, MD and Bob Johnstone, MD represented West Virginia anesthesiologists at an ASA Board of Directors meeting last weekend.

Both Drs. Skaff and Johnstone will attend the WVSSA business meeting this weekend,         and discuss pertinent topics with interested attendees. Also, note that two ASA officers will lecture during the ASA educational session on Saturday: Jim Grant, MD – President-Elect and John Dombrowski, MD – Secretary.

Some items:

  1. The greatest debate at the board meeting involved whether ASA should pay for alternate delegates to attend board meetings of the American Medical Association. The outcome was to not pay, although a committee is reviewing the policy.
  2. ASA is in good financial shape. Its budget for next year is revenue of $53.6million and expenses of $52.7million. There are more requests for financing that can be supported.
  3. Manny Bonilla was recognized at the meeting for his 20 years of service to ASA as our chief advocacy staffer.
  4. ASA membership is up from last year. Registration to attend the Annual Meeting in Boston is up 13 percent from this time last year.
  5. PAC Contributions are up – $1.75million vs $1.63 million this time last year.
  6. Digital strategies are a major focus of ASA staff – digital products, apps, better use of social media, daily e-news, anesthesiologist-focused website.
  7. 223,000 comments were received by the VA on revising the Anesthesia Handbook – most in favor of the anesthesia care team, a major reason nurse anesthetists were left out of the total independent practice.
  8. ASA is working to improve relationships with nurse anesthetists
  9. Look for an announcement from the ASA and ACS of OR attire that rolls back the non-evidence-based AORN guidelines.
  10. Hot new title sported at the meeting – FASA or Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists
  11. ASA has developed a new strategic plan, called “ASA 20/20”. Priorities are advocacy, quality and practice, education and science, member experience and organizational excellence.


  1. This Saturday is our Annual Educational Meeting, and Sunday our Annual Business Meeting, in the Chesapeake Bay Room of the Greenbrier. Both are free for all WVSSA members. The educational meeting is approved for 4.25 credit hours. The brochure is attached to this newsletter.


West Virginia State Society of Anesthesiologists

Annual Educational Meeting

The Greenbrier – Chesapeake Bay Room

Saturday, August 26, 2017


Educational Program

7:45-8:00             Introductions

                              Robert Johnstone, MD


8:00-8:30             Perioperative ACE-Inhibitors:  The controversy continues

                              Lavinia Kolarczyk, MD


8:30-9:00             Quick overview of common pediatric cases

                              Pavithra Ranganathan, MD


9:00-9:45             ASA Update

                              Jim Grant, MD, MBA


9:45-10:00          Break


10:00-10:30        Anesthetic approach to the patient with congestive heart failure      

Lavinia Kolarczyk, MD


10:30-11:00        Perioperative surgical home

                              Jim Cain, MD, MBA


11:00-11:30        Perioperative pain program for children

                               Joshua Eaton, DO


11:30-Noon        Treating opioid addiction in a perioperative surgical home

                              John Dombrowski, MD


Noon-12:30        Speaker discussions





Lavinia Kolarczyk, MD                                                

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill




Pavithra Ranganathan, MD

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology

West Virginia University




James Grant, MD, MBA


American Society of Anesthesiologists








Jim Cain, MD, MBA

Professor of Anesthesiology

West Virginia University




Joshua Eaton, DO

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

West Virginia University




John F. Dombrowski, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Case Western Reserve University





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

  1. Decide whether to continue a patient’s antihypertensive medications on the day of surgery
  2. Discuss how best to anesthetize children for common surgeries
  3. Recognize the advantages of organized anesthesiology
  4. Discuss ways to prevent pain in children after surgery
  5. Describe the perioperative surgical home
  6. Identify successful techniques for treating opioid addiction



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the WVU School of Medicine and WVSSA.  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 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity


Target Audience

The target audience includes West Virginia anesthesiologists.



In accordance with the ACCME requirements on disclosure, all those in a position to control content have indicated that they do not have any relevant interests to disclose.


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