Ambulatory Anesthesia and the COVID-19 Era

Resources and Updates

COVID-19 Update and Resources

SAMBA 2020

A Collaborative Meeting
with ASCA

Orlando, Florida
May 13-16, 2020

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COVID-19 Resources and Updates

The COVID-19 Resources page includes: Resources, SAMBA 2020 Updates, Recommendations for Ambulatory Elective Surgery, and a Discussion forum that allows you to network and connect through this COVID-19 Era.

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Ambulatory Anesthesia and COVID FAQ – our team is working hard to collect answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Recommendations for Ambulatory Elective Surgery During COVID-19 Pandemic


SAMBA continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic is evolving and recommendations and restrictions change frequently. In response to inquiries, SAMBA is providing guidance which we hope our members will find helpful. We have evaluated the current information about COVID-19 at the time this statement was issued. Each facility should use extreme caution in making the decision whether to continue or to postpone elective surgeries based on their local situation, staffing and resources.

Our focus is Outpatient, Office-Based and Non-Operating Room Anesthesia.

The Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia provides educational opportunities, encourages research and provides professional guidance in order to advance the practice of ambulatory anesthesia.

Be part of the fastest growing subspecialty in clinical anesthesia practice.

SAMBA Educational Webinars

Each month SAMBA offers educational webinar sessions for attendees to hear from experts in the ambulatory anesthesiology field.

SAMBA LINK Quarterly Newsletter

Did you miss what happened in the quarterly newsletter?

  • Quarterly Committee Highlight – Committee on Ambulatory Pediatric Anesthesia (CAPA)
  • New SAMBA Recognition – SAMBA-F
  • Meet fellow SAMBA member – Dr. Fatima Ahmad 
  • Articles of Interest – ASA 2019: A Beautiful Sampler Platter of Subspecialty Societies 
  • SAMBA 35th Anniversary Highlight
  • 25% Discount – Manual of Practice Management for Ambulatory Surgery Center – An Evidence-Based Guide
  • Articles of Interest written by SAMBA Members
  • Article Reviews – Case series of 331 cases of sugammadex compared to neostigmine in patients under 2 years of age & Why Office Based Anesthesia? 

Interested in receiving our quarterly newsletter? Become a member today and get the latest articles, reviews, and committee highlights.

New Fellow of the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia Program (SAMBA-F)

SAMBA is excited to offer this prestigious recognition status – Fellow of the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA-F). SAMBA-F recognizes our qualified members for their service and dedication to advance patient care, their specialty and leadership and status among their peers within our field.

The inaugural recognition award ceremony will be held at SAMBA2020 in Orlando, FL.

Basem B. Abdelmalak, MD, FASA

Basem B. Abdelmalak, MD, FASA is a professor of anesthesiology at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He has served in the Department of General Anesthesiology as a Staff Anesthesiologist since 2001. Currently he leads Anesthesia Services for Bronchoscopic Surgery as a NORA service and is the Director of the Center for Sedation implementing the anesthesiology oversight for procedural sedation. He frequently performs the Therapeutic Whole Lung Lavage procedure to treat pulmonary alveolar proteinosis patients.

Dr. Abdelmalak is board-certified in Anesthesiology and fellowship trained in Critical Care medicine. His many clinical interests include anesthesia for ENT and bronchoscopic surgery, difficult airway management.

He served the Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists as its president in 2015 and currently serves the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) as the Vice-chair of the educational track subcommittee on Ambulatory Anesthesia, the Society for Head and Neck Anesthesia (SHANA), as a founding member, and its president

At the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) he served in many roles and capacities; as a member of the committees on the Annual meeting, NORA, and Finance, and chair of the Development committee for the past 7 years leading SAMBA’s relationships with corporate sponsors, and pharmaceutical and industrial supporters. He then served on the Board of Directors, as a director, Vice President, President –elect, and now as its President.

He is also a part of the Anesthesiology Outcomes Research Department. His research interest is focused on the study of perioperative glycemic management, and he has been the primary investigator of many research projects investigating this and other topics.

He has received numerous honors and awards, including being named one of America’s Top Anesthesiologists according to the Consumers’ Research Council of America and Safety Champion by the Cleveland Clinic Quality Institute. A frequently invited lecturer at national and international conferences, Dr. Abdelmalak authored many scientific articles and book chapters in his field, and recently co-edited two textbooks titled Anesthesia for Otolaryngologic Surgery and Clinical Airway Management; An Illustrated Case Based Approach by Cambridge University Press.  He continues to be heavily involved with the education and training of medical students and residents and recently received the Scholarship in Teaching Award from Case Western Reserve University.