Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists

Clinical Practice Improvement (CPI) Project Sub-Committee

Clinical Practice Improvement Committee Description & Roster

SCA will be a recognized resource for education for healthcare providers engaged in the care of patients undergoing cardiovascular and thoracic procedures.

The Clinical Practice Improvement Committee’s mission is to facilitate the dissemination of concise educational resources geared towards appropriate implementation of best practices and clinical practice guidelines.

The main purpose of the CPI Committee is to impact the field of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesiology by facilitating education of clinicians regarding appropriate interpretation and consistent application of best practices and guidelines. The committee evaluates the patient outcome effect resulting from the increased implementation of these best practices and guidelines.

The committee, and its subsidiaries, develop clinical practice improvement statements as well as on-line educational material. In advancing its mission, the committee collaborates with other committees within the SCA and with national and international organizations and considers for endorsement guidelines developed by external organizations.

The CPI committee focuses on areas in cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia which highly impact quality of care and patient outcomes. Its work is supported by eight Sub-committees: Acute Kidney Injury, Atrial Fibrillation, Blood Conservation, Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery, Enhanced Recovery After Thoracic Surgery, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Neuroprotection, and Transplantation.

The committee reports to the Board of Directors.

The committee meets at least once per year.

The committee is composed of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Board liaison, and members-at-large.

Members may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms unless presidential approval is granted for a third.

2023-2024 ROSTER
Wanda M. Popescu, MD – Chair
Michael Grant, MD – Vice-Chair
Tara Brakke, MD – SCA Board Liaison

  • Natalie J Bodmer, MD
  • Thomas B. Gentilcore, MD
  • Alexander Gregory, MD – ERACS
  • Joseph M. Hendrix, MD
  • Christina Jelly, MD – Mechanical Support
  • Philip Kalarickal, MD – Scientific Program
  • Lavinia Kolarczyk, MD – ERATS
  • Hong Liu, MD – Acute Kidney Injury
  • Frederick Lombard, MD – Neuroprotection
  • Archer K. Martin, MD – Transplantation
  • Jennie Yee Ngai, MD – Atrial Fibrillation
  • Jacob Raphael, MD – Blood Conservation
  • Nanette M. Schwann, MD