MHAUS Partner Membership

The mission of SAMBA is to be the leader of perioperative care of the ambulatory surgical patient. To do so, SAMBA provides professional guidance to anesthesiologists who practice in ambulatory anesthesiology. SAMBA has a very large international membership; our Committee serves as a link between SAMBA and other International organizations or individual anesthesiologists who practice ambulatory anesthesiology.

This past June, the Colombian Society of Anesthesiologists (SCARE: Sociedad Colombiana de Anestesia y Reanimación), held its 32nd Anesthesiology Congress in the city of Barranquilla, Colombia, from June 14- 17, 2017. This Congress was co-sponsored by SAMBA. SCARE has a solid partnership with SAMBA.

Dr. Jorge Rubio, (Colombian anesthesiologist, and International SAMBA member), coordinated SCARE’s Ambulatory Anesthesiology Education Pathway, under the auspices of SAMBA. Following our mission and vision, SAMBA faculty provided updates in ambulatory anesthesia to improve the educational offerings in ambulatory anesthesiology for the Colombian anesthesiologists. Presentations were given in English with live translation to Spanish.

Topics that were discussed by SAMBA faculty included but were not limited to:

  • Patient selection criteria for ambulatory surgery
  • Preoperative and cardiac evaluations for ambulatory surgery
  • Use of electronic media to perform remote preoperative evaluations
  • Updates and controversies in NPO status
  • Management of patients with significant disease processes, such as coronary artery disease with/without stents, CIEDs, thyroid disorders, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea; patients taking anticoagulants and antiplatelet agents
  • Infection prevention for anesthesiologists and the management of patients with HIV and AIDS in ambulatory anesthesiology.
  • Enhanced recovery in ambulatory anesthesiology;
  • Pediatric ambulatory anesthesia updates: upper respiratory tract infections, laryngospasm, emergence delirium; balanced anesthesia and comparison of inhalation vs. TIVA vs. dexmedetomidine in pediatrics
  • Regional anesthesia as a primary anesthetic or as an adjuvant
  • Use of checklists and cognitive aids
  • Malignant hyperthermia in the ambulatory setting
  • Pharmacology of new anesthetic agents being researched.

At the conclusion of each five-lecture block, the faculty was available to clarify any questions.

SAMBAs International Relations Committee wishes to thank the SAMBA faculty who volunteered their time and expertise to advance the practice of Ambulatory Anesthesiology in Latin America. Our distinguished faculty included: BobbieJean Sweitzer, MD; Kumar Belani, MBBS, MS, FAAP; Ian Jackson, MD; Girish Joshi, MB, BS, MD, FFARCSI.; Leopoldo Rodriguez, MD, FAAP, FASA.; Jorge Bayter, MD; Thomas Cutter, MD; Victor Davila, MD; Alexis del Real, MD; Aaron Sandler, MD; Steven Butz, MD; Meena Desai, MD; Arnaldo Valedon, MD; Luis Alberto Tafur, MD; Alvaro Macias, MD; David Hepner, MD; David Rincon, MD; Catalina Stendall, MD; Sanjiv Patel, MD; Richard Urman, MD; Alejandro Recart, MD; and Jose H Arias, MD.

Leopoldo V Rodriguez, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.A.S.A.

Co-Chair, SAMBA International Relations Committee

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.