44th Annual Meeting and Workshops Registration NOW OPEN!

May 14-17, 2022

 Palm Springs Convention Center
277 N. Avenida Caballeros
Palm Springs, CA 922262

Hotel Information

Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel
888 Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Reserve your room at Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel by May 9, 2022 to receive the SCA group rate!

Hilton Palm Springs Resort
400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Reserve your room at Hilton Palm Springs Hotel by May 9, 2022 to receive the SCA group rate!

Hyatt Palm Springs
285 N Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Reserve your room at Hyatt Palm Springs Hotel by May 9, 2022 to receive the SCA group rate!

List of In-Person and Online Content


Full Annual Meeting Experience

Virtual Track
CME Credits Coming soon! Coming soon!
50+ sessions, Panels, and Refresher Course Lectures  ✔ 64% of the Sessions will be available for the Virtual Track!
Featured Lectures: Keynote, Early Wynands Lecture, and ASA Update
Business Meeting & Awards
Plenary Lectures as Highlight Sessions  ✔
Hands-on Workshops  
Problem-based Learning Discussions  
Best of Meeting / Early Career & Super Echo Abstracts  
400 eAbstracts
Non-CME education in the Exhibit Hall  
Reception/ Happy Hours  
Industry Sponsored Symposiums  
Resident, Fellow, and Medical Student Poster Sessions  
Fellowship Mentor/Mentee Program  
Echo Jeopardy
Fireside Chat
Access to the virtual track recordings through August 17, 2022.
A breath of fresh air in sunny Palm Springs!  

Registration Rates

(In-Person and Virtual are the same rate)

Member Rates: Registration Rates
Annual Meeting Only – Member-Physician $985
Annual Meeting Only – Member-Fellow $550
Annual Meeting Only – Member Resident $550
AM & TAS – Member – Physician $1,480
AM & TAS – Member – Fellow $850
AM & TAS – Member – Resident $850
Non-Member Rates: Registration Rates
Annual Meeting Only – Non-Member-Physician $1,450
Annual Meeting Only – Non-Member-Fellow $600
Annual Meeting Only – Resident $600
Annual Meeting Only – Allied Health $785
AM & TAS – Non-Member – Physician $2,200
AM & TAS – Non-Member – Fellow $950
AM & TAS – Non-Member – Resident $950

Problem Based Learning Discussion

May 14, 2022 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM PT Problem Based Learning Discussion (#1-6)

PBLD #1: Lung Transplantation Management
Moderators: Martin Archer, MD and Brandi Bottiger, MD

PBLD #2: ECMO in Thoracic Surgery
Moderators: Nazish Hashmi, MD and Ingrid Duarte, MD

PBLD #3: How to Design and Implement a Thoracic ERAS Program at Your Hospital
Presenters: Alessia Pedoto, MD, FASA and Amanda Kleiman, MD

PBLD #4: Patient on LVAD for Thoracic Surgery
Moderators: Wanda Popescu, MD, FASE and Diana Anca, MD

PBLD #5: Airway Crisis in the Thoracic Surgical Patient
Moderators: Philip Hartigan, MD and Stephen Collins, MD

PBLD #6: Oxygenation in One-Lung Ventilation
Moderators: Ryan Lesh, MD and John McNeil, MD

Sunday, May 15, 2022 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM PT Problem Based Learning Discussion (#7-12)

PBLD #7: Unexpected Intraoperative Echo Findings: When Your Exam Should Change the Surgical Plan (Or Not)
Moderators: Douglas Shook, MD, FASE and Anne Cherry, MD

PBLD #8: Severe Pulmonary Hypertension and Noncardiac Surgery – No Need to be Afraid
Moderators: Jochen Steppan, MD and Sinead Shaefi, MD

PBLD #9: Role of ECMO in COVID 19
Moderators: Lilibeth Fermin, MD and Shahzad Shaefi, MD 

PBLD #10: How to Launch a Successful Peri-Operative Cardiac Surgical Home at Your Institution?
Moderators: Harikesh Subramanian, MD and Kathirvel Subramaniam, MD, MPH, FASE

PBLD #11: Aortic Arch Reconstruction and Deep Hypothermic Circulatory Arrest – Perioperative Considerations (Cerebral Protection, Coagulopathy and Many More)!!
Moderators: Samhati Mondal, MD and Kenichi Tanaka, MD

PBLD #12: You WANT That Rhythm!? Navigating Anesthetic Management of Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation in the Electrophysiology Laboratory
Moderators: Matthew Vanneman, MD and Diana Anca, MD

Monday, May 16, 2022 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM PT Problem Based Learning Discussion (#13 - 18)

PBLD #13: Primary Graft Dysfunction After Heart Transplantation: What Do We Do Now?
Moderators: Sreekanth Cheruku, MD and Sharon McCartney, MD

PBLD #14: Cerebral Protection in Cardiac Surgery- Pitfalls and Plans
Moderators: Choy Lewis, MD and Charles Hogue, MD

PBLD #15: Tricks, Tips, Troubleshooting – Transcatheter Edge to Edge Repair of Mitral Valve
Moderators: Nelson Thaemert, MD and Pingping Song, MD, MS

PBLD #16: Perfusion Catastrophes – How to Avoid, How to Handle
Moderators: Vidya Rao, MD, FASE and Tjorvi Perry, MD, MMSc

PBLD #17: Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Non-Cardiac Surgery
Moderators: Austin Adams, MD and Gregory Janelle, MD

PBLD #18: Moral Distress in Physicians: Ethical Framework and Practical Solutions
Moderators: Elvera Baron, MD and Charles Napolitano, MD

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM PT Problem Based Learning Discussion (#19 -24)

PBLD #19: Severe Right Heart Failure After CPB; Everyone’s Nightmare
Moderators: John G.T. Augoustides, MD, FASE, FAHA and Marisa Hernandez-Morgan, MA, MD

PBLD #20: Descending Thoracic Aortic Repair – Spinal Cord Protection Strategies
Moderators: Harendra Arora, MD and Wanda Popescu, MD, FASE

PBLD #21: High Risk TAVR- What Could Go Wrong?
Moderators: Choy Lewis, MD and Eric Nelson, MD

PBLD #22: Anesthetic Challenges of Bilateral Lung Transplantation for Patients after COVID-19 Infection
Moderators: Yong Peng, MD and Michael Franklin, MD

PBLD #23: LVAD Implantation: Perioperative Management and Troubleshooting Strategies
Moderators: Kiran Belani, MD, FASE and Vidya Rao, MD, FASE

Moderators: Nirvik Pal, MD and Miklos Kertai, MD, PhD

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM PT Problem Based Learning Discussion (#25-29)

PBLD # 25:Thoracic Anesthesia Misadventures
Moderators: Megan Kostibas, MD and Diana Anca, MD

PBLD# 26: Hemostasis After Cardiovascular Surgery: When Hope is Not a Strategy
Moderators: Kamrouz Ghadimi, MD and Prakash Patel, MD

PBLD #27: Perioperative Management of a Patient on Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
Moderators: Meena Bhatia, MD and Priya Kumar, MD

PBLD #28: Optimizing and Managing an Obstetric Patient for Non-Cardiac Surgery with Acute Right Heart Failure
Moderators: Raja Rama Mohana Palvadi, MD and Gavin Best, MD

PBLD #29: Fontan Physiology in the Cath Lab- Failing or Functional?
Moderators: Elena Zupfer, MD and Martina Richtsfeld, MD


May 14-17, 2022

Saturday, May 14, 2022

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT

Workshop #1: PoCUS Workshop

Description: Practical point of care ultrasonography is becoming more accessible to a growing number of providers.  This expert-led workshop is centered on the basics of transthoracic echocardiography (TTE).  In addition to cardiac evaluation, the workshop will cover the use of lung ultrasound, vascular access, shock states, as well as the FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma) protocol. Special emphasis is placed on clinical applications of these techniques, as well as tips and tricks for image acquisition of these various modalities of POCUS.  

Workshop #2: Professional Development Workshop

Description: Ready for advancement but not sure of your next step?  This unique, interactive workshop will integrate expertise from both the academic and business world to help SCA members navigate and succeed in both the academic and private practice landscape, with the goal of fostering future leaders. Specifically, attendees will work on skill development in networking, mentorship, negotiation, and presentation. Take homes include how to perfect the “elevator pitch”, cultivate healthy mentor and sponsor relationships, negotiate for time and compensation, and create and deliver an effective presentation. 


2:30 PM – 5:30 PM PT

Workshop #3: Perioperative Pacemaker and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Management Workshop

Description: This workshop will address the design, functions, and programming of implantable pacemakers and ICDs. We will also discuss the current guidelines for the perioperative management of CIEDs during non-cardiac surgeries. Using case-based discussions, in a small group format, participants will apply these concepts in perioperative device management including lead extraction procedures. This will include interactive hands-on use of device programmers to interrogate and perform basic programming of pacemakers and ICDs. 

Workshop #4: Regional Workshop

Description:  Get ready for the regional anesthesia workshop on chest wall blocks.  In this hand-on workshop, participants will be introduced to the most up to date regional anesthesia techniques in cardiothoracic surgery. This expert-led workshop centers on the basics of the chest wall innervation, regional anesthesia techniques for different surgical approaches, advanced strategies for ultrasound image optimization, and understanding the best practices for patient safety. In this workshop, participants will get a first-hand experience in imaging the newest regional anesthesia techniques, tips on how to improve ultrasound guidance of these fascial plane blocks and they will be given the tools to incorporate regional anesthesia into their future practice.   


Sunday, May 15, 2022

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT

Workshop #5: Interventional Workshop

Description: Structural heart interventions are here to stay! Learn the intricacies of these percutaneous procedures: TAVR, edge-to-edge MV repair, and LAA exclusion. Leaders from the field will provide tricks of the trade and tips for troubleshooting.  Special emphasis is placed on procedural steps, communication, TEE image correlation, and collaborative practice.  


2:30 PM – 5:30 PM PT

Workshop #6: Advanced TEE Workshop

Description: Do not let numbers scare you! Learn advanced quantification with the echo experts at this cased based, TEE workshop that will discuss advanced methods of quantitative cardiac assessment.  Participants will learn to recognize the role of quantitative echocardiography in clinical decision-making and discuss real-world applications of quantitative analysis.  Learn today and put these techniques into practice tomorrow.


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM PT

Workshop #7: 3D TEE Workshop

Description: Applications of 3D echocardiography have advanced greatly in the last few years.  This technology offers unique and critical solutions to clinical problems. This virtual workshop provides practical, problem based, and easy to understand sessions to help physicians master necessary 3D skills for daily practice. 3D ventricular function quantification, detailed 3D valvular analysis and 3D procedural guidance will be reviewed with renowned echocardiography experts in the field.  

Look forward to:

  • Amazing content delivered by experts in cardiothoracic anesthesiology, interventional cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery
  • Experts will provide didactics, small group breakout teaching, and high-yield discussions
  • Problem based learning discussions, scientific abstracts, and workshops are planned to optimize attendee learning and connection on critical cardiothoracic anesthesiology topics
  • Attendee networking, idea-sharing, and exhibits

This year, in-person you can:

  • Attend live discussion sessions to help you discover up to date practice pathways and innovations in the field
  • Register for Workshops and PBLDs tailored for YOUR educational needs
  • Network with 1,200 other professionals in anesthesiology to help you gain insight into your practice and career
  • Connect with industry and exhibiting companies to learn about new products and programs

Message from the Scientific Program Chair

Dear Colleagues,

The Scientific Program Committee is so excited to gather in person at the SCA 44th Annual Meeting and Workshops in beautiful Palm Springs, California.  After a challenging year in medicine, we look forward to coming together and networking with you.

The SCA Annual Meeting and Workshops will update you on the latest cardiothoracic anesthesia information through fantastic plenary sessions, controversial panel discussions, pro-con debates, hands-on workshops, mentoring sessions, and problem-based learning sessions.

Come and learn from abstract presentations, the always popular Super Echo Panel and legendary Echo Jeopardy, and a special session from the experts on the new Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Certification exam.

Plan to hear on hot topics such as updates in coagulation, what’s new in mechanical support, and professional development topics such as leadership and mentorship.

While we were glad to ‘see’ so many of you virtually in 2021, we are thrilled to welcome you to Palm Springs in 2022!

See you there!


Sasha K. Shillcutt, MD MS FASE
Chair, Scientific Committee 2022

Mary Beth Brady, MD FASE
Vice Chair, Scientific Program 2022

Jonathan Ho, MD FASE
Workshop and PBLD Coordinator
Scientific Committee 2022

Kathy E. Glas, MD MBA FASE CME

Committee Chair

Jacques (Prince) Neekankavil, MD

Director, Fellow and Resident Program

Tara R. Brakke, MD FASE

Coordinator, Fellow and Resident Program

Alessia Pedoto, MD

TAS Chair (Liaison)

Megan Chacon, MD

PoCUS Co-Chair (Liaison)

James (Jake) H. Abernathy, MD MPH

STS Liaison

Nadia Hensley, MD

QSL Liaison

Jochen (Danny) Muehlschlegel, MD MMSC FAHA

Research Committee Chair (Liaison)

Shahzad Shaefi, MD

SOCCA Liaison

Jennifer Hargrave, DO

Online Education Sub-Committee Chair (Liaison)

Gianluca Paternoster, MD PhD


Sharon McCartney, MD, FASE

Echo Week Liaison

Karsten Bartels, MD

Adam Dalia, MD MBA

Stephanie Ibekwe, MD

Candice R. Montzingo, MD FASE

Adriaan Van Rensburg, MD MCChB MMED FCASA FRCPC

Michele Sumler, MD FASE

Kelly Ural, MD

Michael Essandoh, MD FASE

Rhagavendra Govinda, MD MBBS

Jiapeng Huang, MD PhD

Jenny Kwak, MD FASE

Emily Methangkool, MD FASE

Mihai V. Podgoreanu, MD FASE

Covid: All SCA educational programs adhere to all federal, state and local mandates/ordinances regarding Covid-19 mitigation practices in place at the time of the conference. Please see below for links to the current requirements for this meeting location.

Additionally, SCA requests that in-person attendees be vaccinated and wear masks while attending SCA educational programs.

U.S. – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/event-planners-and-attendees-faq.html
California – https://covid19.ca.gov/
Palm Springs, California – https://www.palmspringsca.gov/government/covid-19-updates

Cancellation Policy: All registration cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing by April 13,2022. A refund of the full conference fee, minus a $100 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by that date. No refunds will be granted for requests postmarked after April 13, 2022. SCA reserves the right to substitute faculty or to cancel or reschedule sessions because of low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If SCA must cancel the entire meeting, registrants will receive a full credit or refund of their paid registration fee. No refunds can be made for lodging, airfare, or any other expenses related to attending the meeting.

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