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Boston Structural Heart

Course Dates: August 11-13, 2023
Course Format: Live Virtual

Explore New Concepts and Best Practices in Critical Care
On behalf of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, we invite you to join us at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel on September 8-10 for the 19th Annual Perioperative and Critical Care Conference.

This event will include interactive presentations, hands-on demonstrations, and scientific abstracts—all dedicated to cardiovascular and thoracic critical care and enhanced recovery after surgery.

Every member of your critical care or ICU team will benefit from hearing new concepts, management protocols, and clinical experiences in their respective disciplines shared by an expert, multidisciplinary faculty. Continuing medical education, perfusion, and nursing credits will be offered.

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend a conference of this caliber! If you do need to secure accommodations, reserve your room at the Sheraton Denver by August 17 for reduced rates.



Rakesh C. Arora, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Program Chair
Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Andrew D. Shaw, MB, FRCA
Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists

Accreditation Information
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
STS has applied for nursing and perfusion CEUs for this course. Further information is forthcoming.

SCA Affirms Importance of Patient-Physician Relationship

The Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) is an international organization of healthcare professionals whose mission is excellence and leadership in providing cardiovascular and thoracic patient care through education and research. SCA is not an advocacy organization. However, we support safe, equitable, and unobstructed access to all healthcare. SCA strongly objects to any interference in either the medical decision-making process or the physician-patient relationship.

Joint Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Personnel A message from ASA President Dr. Beverly K. Philip

ASA, in conjunction with the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia, Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists, Society for Education in Anesthesia, Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology, and the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, has issued the following statement strongly encouraging all health care personnel to get vaccinated against COVID-19:

Joint Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Personnel

The leadership of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and professional societies associated with the specialty offer our support and strong encouragement for COVID-19 vaccination of the nation’s health care workers and all eligible Americans.

The health and safety of our members, our colleagues in health care, and the patients we serve is our highest priority. We believe widespread vaccination is the most effective path to reduce illness and death, and to ameliorate the impact of the pandemic.

COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be safe and effective at significantly reducing the risk of becoming infected, spreading the infection to others, and becoming severely ill or dying from the disease. For health care personnel, COVID-19 vaccination is particularly essential because it significantly reduces the likelihood of unintentionally spreading COVID-19 to our patients, including those who may have weakened immune systems.

We believe anesthesiologists and anesthesiology professionals who work closely with patients in operating rooms and procedural areas, in hospitals and ambulatory settings, and in critical care units should be especially vested in closing the vaccination gap. We stand with all of our medical colleagues to strongly promote these efforts.

You can access the Joint Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Personnel and an accompanying press release on the ASA website.

ASA/SCA Joint Congratulatory Letter on Approval of ABA's ACA Examination

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) congratulate the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) on the recent approval of a subspecialty certificate in Adult Cardiac Anesthesiology (ACA) by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

SCA has documented a decade-long rise in demand for specialized cardiac anesthesiology care in the U.S., due to a growing prevalence of disease (48 percent in adults 20 years of age and older), and the growth of technological advancements enabling care.

With this rise in demand for specialized adult cardiac anesthesiology care in the U.S., the ACA subspecialty certification is timely and relevant.

“This is indeed a great day for everyone involved in cardiac anesthesiology – either as a provider or as a patient,” said SCA President, Andrew D. Shaw, MB, FCCM, FFICM, FRC.

According to the ABA, physicians with an ACA subspecialty certification will be acknowledged as experts in the imaging, diagnosis, physiology, pharmacology and management of care for adults whose cardiac disease requires leading-edge techniques, interventions and the latest treatment technology.

“Patients will be confident they are getting the very best, expert anesthesiology care at critical times”, said ASA president, Beverly K. Philip, MD, FACA, FASA.

The ASA and SCA congratulate ABA and look forward to a continued partnership that will elevate the specialty of anesthesia.

Member Spotlight

Agnieszka Trzcinka, MD
Tufts Medical Center
Director, Cardiovascular Center Procedural Anesthesia

Q & A
QWhere is your current place of practice?
AI currently work at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.
QWhat do you like most about being a member of the SCA?
AI am grateful for the opportunities through the SCA to further our amazing specialty. Working within the Scientific Program Committee has led to new conference content for our diverse membership. While collaborating with amazing colleagues within WICTA (Women in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia) special interest group, we created new webinar content designed specifically for our fellows to successfully navigate professional challenges within academic and private practice. Being part of the SCA offers tremendous opportunity for this productive collaboration.
QWhat do you most look forward to at the SCA Annual Meetings?
AI feel inspired by colleagues and friends I meet during the SCA meetings. Our profession is very demanding of our time and energy. Drawing from experience and camaraderie of other SCA members inspires professional and personal development.
QName one member of the SCA who has been an impactful mentor to you and why.
ADr. Stan Shernan has been a mentor since my training days at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I continue to be inspired by his unwavering commitment to professional excellence while maintaining a perspective of gratitude for support of family and friends.