Fellows, Residents and Medical Students

SAMBA Resident Section

Dear colleagues,

The Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) dedicates itself to clinicians involved in the perioperative care of ambulatory surgery patients. Our organization is committed to high professional standards and excellence in patient care by promoting education and research in ambulatory anesthesia administered in locations such as hospital outpatient centers, ambulatory surgery centers or outpatient offices.

SAMBA encourages resident membership, leadership and participation. As healthcare is evolving and favoring “fast-track” techniques to expedite patient recovery and decrease hospitalization costs, it is imperative that we, as residents, understand how this trend affects our careers as anesthesiologists. Not only can SAMBA keep us informed of current issues in ambulatory anesthesia, but it also can provide the following:

  • Excellent networking opportunities. SAMBA facilitates networking by its mentorship program. One of the goals of the mentorship program is to help facilitate resident transition into fellowship and/or workforce.
  • Engaging problem oriented discussions and workshops tailored to residents’ interests.
  • Supportive forum for poster and abstract presentation. SAMBA grants a limited number of travel awards for residents whose abstracts are accepted for poster presentation at the SAMBA Annual Meeting.  Residents who receive travel grants are also eligible for the White Mountain Institute Award.
  • Web-based lecture series, resident organized, with lectures on topics in ambulatory anesthesia by the field’s leading experts.
  • Leadership opportunities in the SAMBA Resident Committee as Chair, Chair-Elect, and Members-at-Large.
  • Source of information for fellowships in Ambulatory Anesthesia and Regional Anesthesia.

We encourage you to become involved in SAMBA!

Please contact us to get involved or for more information about SAMBA.  We look forward to seeing you at the next SAMBA meeting!

Follow these links for information about our resident section organizationthe resident travel award, the resident mentorship program, and our SAMBA webinars.


Blake Perkins, MD and Vijal Patel, MD
Resident Section Co-Chairs

Resident Section Organization

Resident Travel Award

Resident Mentorship Program

Fellowship Information

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.