Membership Categories

Active

A physician licensed in the jurisdiction in which he/she practices, who is engaged in the practice of or who is especially interested in the medical subspecialty of Ambulatory Anesthesia, and who possesses a degree of Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathy, or an individual with an equivalent degree and who has completed a residency training program in anesthesia accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education or the Committee on Post-Doctoral Training of the American Osteopathic Association, or the equivalent of such accrediting bodies of other countries, and who is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, shall qualify for active membership.  Only active members of the Society shall be permitted to vote, hold office, and serve on the Board of Directors.  Unless otherwise defined or qualified, the terms “member” or “membership” as used in these Bylaws shall refer to active members.

Affiliate

Affiliate membership may be granted by the Society to physicians who otherwise do not qualify for active membership, to scientists and teachers who have an interest in ambulatory anesthesia care, or to non-physician providers of anesthesia care in ambulatory settings.  Such membership shall allow the member to participate in educational programs and activities of the Society, but shall not carry any other privileges of active membership.  Affiliate members shall be eligible for appointment as adjunct members of Society committees.

International

A physician who meets the qualifications for Active Membership but who practices outside the USA shall be eligible for International membership.  An International member does not hold voting privileges nor is eligible to hold office unless the physician is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.  Otherwise, the International member has all the privileges of active membership.

Resident

A physician who is in full-time training in an approved residency in the specialty of anesthesiology shall qualify for resident membership, provided, however, that no member may be classified in this category for more than a total of four (4) years.  Except as provided in Section 3.2.a. of these Bylaws, resident members shall have all of the privileges of active membership.

Fellow

The designation of Fellow of this Society shall be conferred upon each Past-President of the Society.  Such designation shall be conferred at the completion of his/her term as President.  A Fellow may continue in another category of membership in the Society and shall have the privileges of that category of membership.  A Fellow of the Society shall not be assessed membership dues.

Provisional

A physician who qualifies for active or resident membership shall be granted provisional membership in the interim between receipt of his/her application and the time the application is considered by the Board of Directors.  Except as provided in Section 3.2.a of these By-Laws, Provisional members shall have all the privileges of active membership.

Honorary

Any person who has attained exceptional eminence in anesthesiology or related fields, or who has made a significant contribution to anesthesiology and whom the Society desires to honor, shall qualify for honorary membership.  Honorary membership shall be conferred by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the Board of Directors.  Honorary members shall not be active members of the Society and at no time shall the number of living honorary members exceed twenty-five (25).  Honorary members shall not be assessed membership dues.  Except as provided in Section 3.2.a. of these Bylaws, Honorary members shall have all of the privileges of active membership.

Emeritus

Any member who has remained in good standing for ten (10) consecutive years and has attained the age of seventy (70) may be nominated for Emeritus membership.  Nominations for Emeritus status shall be submitted by the membership, and Emeritus membership shall be conferred by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.  Except as provided in Section 3.2.a. of these Bylaws, Emeritus members shall have all the privileges of active membership.  Emeritus members shall not be assessed membership dues.

Retired

A Doctor of Medicine, Osteopathy  Bachelor’s of Medicine, or an individual with equivalent degree who has been a continuous active member of this Society for ten (10) or more years and who has completely  retired from professional practice shall qualify for retired membership.  The Executive Committee shall have discretion to modify the number of years of active membership required for retired membership.  Retired membership shall terminate upon resumption of professional practice.  Except as provided in Section 3.2.a. of these Bylaws, Retired members shall have all the privileges of active membership.   Retired members shall not be assessed membership dues.

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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.

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