50 Years in the Books, 50 Years to the Future!


John Bebawy, MD|
SNACC President-Elect
On behalf of the Annual Meeting Planning Committee

Well, the SNACC 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting is behind us, and what a meeting it was! On behalf of the entire leadership of SNACC, thank you to those of you who were able to attend! The feedback that I and others received from the membership about the meeting was superb overall, with a great combination of basic, translational, and clinical neuroscience, a great venue (and city), and a lot of very welcome and long-anticipated reunions and new acquaintances. Speaking personally, it was so great to see everyone again, pick up conversations right where we left off three years ago, and see friends and colleagues doing well and engaging with their larger SNACC family.

There were many enjoyable facets to this meeting, but certainly, the Gala at the Seattle Aquarium was a highlight. If you missed our Immediate Past President, Dr. Deepak Sharma’s masterful emceeing of the evening, it was a sight to behold. The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement as friends gathered in front of the huge fish tank (and when the otters were fed), and I really hope that everyone enjoyed the night just as much as I did. I think they did.

Kudos to the entire planning committee for putting together such a stellar group of speakers! Dr. George Mashour (Past President) gave a truly amazing and thought-provoking Maurice Albin Keynote Lecture, while the pre-program workshops on EEG interpretation and hands-on neuroanesthesia skills were filled to capacity, with more people still wanting to participate. But the meeting was not all science; there was quite a bit of reflection on what SNACC has accomplished in 50 years, the luminaries of SNACC as a society, and what it has meant to so many over the years. If you missed Dr. Andy Kofke’s lecture on the history of SNACC, I highly encourage you to find it in the Wood Library-Museum collection of the ASA, where it will be placed in the repository soon for posterity (if it’s not already there). And finally, we ended the meeting with a tribute and memorial to a dear Past President who we lost too soon, Dr. David Warner, which brought into focus, for me, and I’m sure for all in attendance, what it means to serve with a good heart and to serve well.

Thank you again to all who attended and participated and to all who make SNACC what it is, truly a “family” with the common goal of optimizing the care of our patients. Can’t wait to see you all next year in Alexandria, Virginia, in September 2023!

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