Message from the President

I am delighted and honored to fulfill the role of President of the Society of Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA).  I look forward to interacting and working with you, our members, our Board of Directors, and all the committee volunteers who make SAMBA a fabulous organization.

SAMBA was founded in 1985 by a group of very forward-thinking individuals. They recognized the evolving climate of anesthesia and surgery, and the need for unique training, preparation and knowledge to care for patients outside of the traditional settings.  We continue to thrive and innovate with SAMBA’s mission to be the resource for providers who practice in settings outside of hospital-based operating rooms.  We offer a community for those caring for patients in ambulatory surgicenters, non-operating room environments and office-based settings.

SAMBA’s goals are to advance the practice of ambulatory anesthesia, to promote high ethical and professional standards, to provide professional guidance for the practice of perioperative care of ambulatory surgical patients and to foster and encourage education and research.

Expertise in caring for ambulatory procedural and surgical patients is vital to improve outcomes and save resources given that more than 60% of all anesthetics are administered to outpatients.  During the past year as we struggled with the coronavirus 2019  (Covid-19) pandemic the role of ambulatory anesthesia was again in the forefront as a way to continue to care for patients when our inpatient colleagues were restricted and diverted to meet the needs of Covid -19 patients.

The future of SAMBA is bright due to our engaged members and our educational and networking opportunities via our webinars, statements, blog and didactics through our annual meeting and other specialized meetings we continue to develop and offer. I urge you all to reach out to me and SAMBA leadership and each other, get involved and share your collective expertise and knowledge.

I close with a quote from a controversial figure but nonetheless an inspirational leader:

“If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not.”  Elon Musk


BobbieJean Sweitzer, MD, FACP, SAMBA-F, FASA

SAMBA President 2021-2022

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.