SAMBA 2020: A Virtual Experience

Frequently Asked Questions


Registration Information

What if I am already registered for the SAMBA 2020 in-person meeting?

For your convenience, we offer the following options:

• Your original conference registration fee will be applied to the virtual, live-streaming experience

• Prior to the meeting, we will email you a direct link and instructions to the virtual platform

• The conference fee includes future access to the content on-demand, and has been reduced to $349 for members and $499 for non-members

What  happens to the difference between the in-person meeting price and the virtual meeting price? 

To make the pricing adjustment easy for you, we’re providing the following options:

  1. Donate the difference to SAMBA to support ongoing member benefits such as Resident Travel Awards (tax receipt will be provided)
  2. Receive credit towards SAMBA 2021, hosted in beautiful Phoenix, AZ, May 12-15, 2021
  3. Non-members may use $250 of the fee to become members and support SAMBA

Complete this form to make the credit application of your choice. If you are unable to attend, you must let us know by completing the form by May 1, 2020 to process your refund, less a $50 processing fee.

If I already canceled my registration due to COVID-19, can I re-register for the virtual conference?

You are more than welcome to re-register. Please register here

If I choose to transfer my registration fee to next year, when will I receive my SAMBA 2021 registration confirmation?

We will follow up with you individually about the transfer of your registration to SAMBA 2021 in Phoenix, AZ if you choose this credit option.

When can I sign up for SAMBA’s 2021 annual meeting?

Registration for the 2021 annual meeting will open in fall 2020 on the SAMBA website.

When and where is SAMBA’s 2021 annual meeting?

May 12-15, 2021 in Phoenix, AZ.

Hotel and Flight Changes

Do I need to cancel my hotel?

If you’ve made hotel reservations at the World Center Marriott in Orlando, FL, contact the hotel directly by clicking here, or call 407-239-4200, no later than 72 hours ahead of your reservation date for a full refund. 

Do I need to cancel my flight reservations?

Check directly with the airline you are utilizing for their change/cancellation policies. Note the World Health Organization’s global pandemic declaration as your justification, as most major airlines have relaxed their cancellation policies in light of this declaration. Consider selecting a  credit to use to book your flights for SAMBA 2021.

Format of the Virtual Meeting

What can I expect from a virtual conference? 

More than a webinar, SAMBA’s virtual meeting promises an exchange of ideas from our worldwide network of experts in a format that promises to be even more engaging – thought provoking – and relevant than ever.

More than a webinar, you can look forward to helpful breakout sessions, digital networking groups, innovative speakers and a virtual exhibit hall. Plus, content still qualifies for CME’s and will be available in the future to access on demand.

Will the agenda change? 

Yes, we have reimagined our content to meet the urgency of the moment yet still provide all the rich presentation content originally intended. We are working with our presenters to update the sessions offerings. We will have the updated agenda posted by 4/30.

What are the technical requirements needed to attend virtually?

To participate you will need an internet connection and web browser – no greater technology requirements than what most of our participants use for basic computer use.

For the best experience we recommend you join the conference using a supported internet browser which includes Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Internet Explorer is not recommended as some functions, such as chat, are not fully supported.

If you experience buffering or issues with viewing the videos, please contact our team at A trouble-shooting guide will be provided ahead of time.

Call for Abstracts!

Don’t miss the opportunity to share your knowledge with the entire ambulatory anesthesia community at SAMBA 2020 – A Collaborative Meeting with the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA). Submit an abstract to present your work today!

Abstracts may be submitted in one of three categories:

  • Original research
  • Case report (including clinical descriptions or demonstrations, preliminary observations and “clinical pearls”)
  • Quality Improvement


All submissions should be 500 words or less, not including tables or references. All primary and secondary authors are required to disclose any conflicts of interest they may have. Subject matter must be germane to the practice of anesthesia for the care of ambulatory surgery patients. All papers presented at the SAMBA annual meeting are eligible for presentation at subsequent meetings of the ASA as well as to the IARS 2020 Annual Meeting.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST

2020 Exhibitors & Sponsors

Check out the recap of the SAMBA 2019 Conference here!

2019 Conference Photos
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.