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West Virginia State Society of Anesthesiologists


March 14, 2017


1.     The following anesthesiologists will represent West Virginia at the ASA Legislative Conference in Washington DC on May 15-17.

Slava Belenkiy, MD

Kaarthik Chandresakhar, MD

Mark Coomes, MD

Seth Crislip, MD

Ryan Glance, MD

Ralph Harding, DO

Payam Heiraty, MD

Bob Johnstone, MD

Laura Rey, MD

Alex Skaff, MD


Any other active members who would like to attend should let Dr. Johnstone know. Congress will be in session this week, so attendees will probably meet with most of the West Virginia senators and representatives to discuss anesthesia practice issues.

2.     Drs. Alex Skaff and Bob Johnstone represented West Virginia at the recent ASA Board of Directors meeting.











(L) Dr. Johnstone seated at the Board meeting. (R) Drs. Skaff, Jim Grant (ASA President-Elect) and Johnstone at supper discussing WVSSA annual meeting.


Informational items from the meeting:

A.    Directors reduced numerous expenses to run the ASA leaner. They reduced their meeting reimbursement from $250 to $200 per day.

B.    ASA budget this year: Revenues $52.8million, Expenses $50.3million

C.    80 percent of ASA members now have unified national and state billing, as WV does.

D.    Two anesthesiologists currently serve on the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association – Drs Jesse Ehrenfeld from Tennessee and Bill McDade from Illinois.

E.     The board approved a new statement comparing anesthesiologist assistant and nurse anesthetist education and practice for public use

F.     ASA supports ASA volunteer anesthesiologist teachers for four months per year in Rwanda, Africa and Guyana, South America

G.    31 percent of WV anesthesiologists contributed to the ASA Political Action Committee last year, compared to 41 percent in DC, 25 percent in Virginia and 33 percent in Tennessee.

H.    There are no contested officer elections this year.

I.       The Anesthesia Quality Institute is growing and sophisticating rapidly. New services include helping practices successfully navigate CMS’s merit-based incentive payment system(MIPS), educating members what the AQI is, and increasing revenues.

J.      Membership of ASA is 52,905.

K.    The Perioperative Surgical Home has 147 pilot projects planned or underway. 7 PSH organizations submitted data to the AQI for more than 18,000 cases.

L.     During the 60-day VA comment period, ASA secured more than 400 media placements, reaching an audience of 331million.

M.   ASA annual meeting will be in Boston this year.


3.     The WVSSA annual education and business meetings will again be at the Greenbrier on August 26 and 27. Tentative education program.

Annual Educational Meeting

Saturday, August 26, 2017

7:45-8Robert Johnstone, MD
8-8:30Lavinia Kolarczyk, MD
Perioperative ACE-Inhibitors: The controversy continues
8:30-9Pavithra Ranganathan, MD
Quick overview of common pediatric cases
9-9:45James Grant, MD
ASA Update
9:45 – 10Break
10-10:30Lavinia Kolarczyk, MD
Anesthetic approach to the patient with congestive heart failure
10:30-11Jim Cain, MD
Perioperative surgical home
11-11:30Joshua Eaton, DO
Perioperative pain program for children
11:30-12:00John Dombrowski, MD
Treating opioid addiction in a perioperative surgical home
12-12:30Speaker discussions

Lavinia Kolarczyk, MD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Pavithra Ranganathan, MD

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

West Virginia University

James Grant, MD, MBA


American Society of Anesthesiologists

Jim Cain, MD

Professor of Anesthesiology

West Virginia University

Joshua Eaton, DO

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

West Virginia University

John Dombrowski, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Case Western Reserve University



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