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West Virginia State Society of Anesthesiologists
August 20, 2018

1. Drs. Alex Skaff and Bob Johnstone represented West Virginia anesthesiologists at the ASA Board of Directors meeting this past weekend.

(L-R) Alex Skaff, Jim Grant (ASA President), Linda Mason (President-elect),
Mary Dale Peterson (First Vice President), Bob Johnstone

The meeting had a lot of energy because there are three contested officer elections this year, and all the candidates were busy discussing their visions for the future and priorities for ASA. The contested elections are for First Vice President, Vice President for Scientific Affairs and Assistant Secretary.

The ASA is in good shape. Membership is ahead of last year, as well as registration for the annual meeting in San Francisco in October. Revenues for this year are currently projected at $51.1 million and expenses at $52.7 million, meaning $1.6 million would be spent from reserves, which can easily handle the withdrawal. Dues for 2019 will stay the same as this year.

The greatest debate at the board meeting was over a new series of chapters on ethical topics. It contained opinions on several difficult topics, e.g. when resuscitation becomes futile and anesthesia for pregnancy termination. Directors wanted the publication released as a committee work-product, not a book approved by the ASA directors.

Drs Skaff and Johnstone will review items from the BOD meeting at the annual WVSSA meeting this weekend at the Greenbrier. The educational meeting will be Saturday, and the annual business meeting Sunday. It features an ultrasound workshop.

WVSSA Educational Program
The Greenbrier/Chesapeake Bay Room
Saturday, August 25, 2018

7:45-8:00 Introductions – Robert Johnstone, MD, FASA
8:00-8:30 Anesthesia and Laboratory Testing – Brian Caveney, MD, JD, MPH
8:30-9:15 ASA Update – Mary Dale Peterson, MD, FASA
9:15-9:30 Discussion with speakers
9:30-Noon Ultrasound workshop

Overview – Matt Ellison, MD, FASA
Rotation among stations (30 minutes each)
Regional anesthesia – Antonio Cassara, MD
Echocardiography – Matt Ellison, MD, FASA
Cardiac and vascular access – Pavithra Ranganathan, MD
Point-of-care examination – Hong Wang, MD, PhD, FASA
Brian Caveney, MD, JD, MPH Enterprise-wide Chief Medical Officer

Mary Dale Peterson, MD, FASA
First Vice President
American Society of Anesthesiologists

Antonio Cassara, MD
Assistant Professor
West Virginia University

Matt Ellison, MD, FASA
Associate Professor and Co-director Cardiac Anesthesia
West Virginia University

Pavithra Ranganathan, MD
Associate Professor
West Virginia University

Hong Wang, MD, PhD, FASE, FASA
Professor and Vice Chair Clinical Operations
West Virginia University

Target audience: Practicing and resident anesthesiologists

Objectives: By attending this meeting, participants should be able to:
Identify which pre-operative laboratory tests have value
Recognize the importance of life-long learning
Identify situations where ultrasound guidance can improve anesthesia care
Develop basic ultrasound examination skills

Continuing Education: The West Virginia University 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 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure: 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. Caveney has disclosed that he is employed by LabCorp. All others in a position to control content of this program have indicated that they have no relevant interests to disclose.

Additional Information: For questions or additional information regarding this program, please contact Robert Johnstone, MD, activity director at (304) 598-4087.

2. 2018 WVSSA officers

President Matt Ellison, MD (
President-elect Matt Delph, MD (
Immed Past-Pres Seth Crislip, MD
Sect-Treas Robert Johnstone, MD (
Asst Sect-Treas Brian Grose, MD
ASA Delegates Jim Cain, MD; Brian Grose, MD
ASA Alt Delgs Matt Ellison, MD; Chad Sizemore, MD
ASA Res Delg Grant Neely, MD
ASA Director Bob Johnstone, MD
ASA Alt Dir Alex Skaff, MD (
Legislative Dirs Alex Skaff, MD
Seth Crislip, MD

Bob Johnstone
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