SAMBA 31st Annual Meeting Session Recordings

The SAMBA 31st Annual Meeting Recordings are now available for purchase! This bundle includes all sessions listed below, worth AMA PRA Category 1 Creditstm for eligible practitioners. The online course, course evaluation, and the final CME certificate are all hosted through the ASA Education Center website.

The listing of sessions is below:

General Session 1: ASC Opportunities and Challenges

a)     Enhanced Recovery After Surgery – Tong J. Gan, M.D.
b)     Emergency Preparedness – J. Lance Lichtor, M.D.
c)     Managing Personnel – Arnaldo Valedon, M.D.

General Session 2: Accreditation and Regulatory Issues

a)     Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. – Meena Desai, M.D.
b)     American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. – Hector Vila, M.D.
c)     CMS and Regulatory Issues – Beverly Philip, M.D.
d)     Joint Commission – Don Arnold, M.D.

General Session 3: Quality and Outcomes

a)     Using SCOR to Improve Quality & Outcomes in Your Practice – Karen Carlson, M.D., M.B.A.
b)     PSH and Safety, Douglas Merrill – M.D., M.B.A.
c)     Patient Selection in Ambulatory Surgery, Girish Joshi – M.B.B.S., M.D., F.F.A.R.C.S.

General Session 4: Practice Management

a)     Selecting a Billing and Management Company & GPOs –Josh Gantz
b)     Making Smart Choices in a Changing & Consolidating Market – Judith Jurin Semo, J.D.
c)     Lean Management: Making Changes to Your Practice That Last – Chris Jankowski, M.D.

General Session 5: State of the Art

a)     Improving TIVA with EEG – Donald Matthews, M.D.

General Session 7: Important NORA Questions in 2016

a)     Am I Causing Patient Harm? Deep Propofol Sedation and Aspiration – Sekar S. Bhavani, M.D.
b)     Do I Have the Right NORA Policies? NPO, Escort, Discharge, Etc. – Basem Abdelmalak, M.D.
c)     Is My NORA Workplace Safe for Both Me and My Patients? – Mark C. Phillips, M.D. Am I Causing Patient Harm?
d)     Am I Causing Patient Harm? Pediatric Neurotoxicity and NORA – Ann Lawrence, D.O.

General Session 8: Challenging Patients, Difficult Situations

a)     How to Keep the Saturation Up When the Weight’s Up Too! – David Wong, M.D.
b)     Dealing with Neurological Disease in the ASC – Mary Ann Vann, M.D.
c)     Don’t Let Your ASC Get “Celebrity Syndrome” – Fred Shapiro, D.O.

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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.