SNACC 47th Annual Meeting Summary

Arnoley S. Abcejo MD
SNACC Communications Chair

Dr. Sharma
Arnoley S. Abcejo MD

The SNACC 47th Annual Meeting marked a historic first for one of the oldest anesthesiology societies: the first stand-alone meeting from the ASA since 1989! Dr. Chanannait Paisansathan orchestrated an outstanding program at the beautiful Arizona Grand Resort. Despite the change in venue, we had an incredible turnout, spurred contagious enthusiasm, and launched a new era in celebrating neuroanesthesia and perioperative medicine.

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Now that SNACC's meeting was separate from the ASA, the length of the meeting was increased to span three full days instead of just two. As such, the quality of workshops, number of lectures, interaction with students and fellows at poster sessions, and time to enjoy each other’s time greatly increased. Here are a few of our greatest highlights:


  • NEUROANESTHESIA BOOTCAMP: Essential skills in regional scalp blocks, cervical plexus blocks, NIRS/SSEP/MEP/EEG/TCD monitoring were learned with ample time to develop and hone skills.
  • OUTCOMES AFTER TBI: This basic science workshop hosted some of the greatest minds in traumatic brain research including our own Drs. Monica Vavilala and Ines Koerner to learn about the mediators of outcomes in brain injury.
  • PATIENT SAFETY & COMPLEX SPINE SURGERY: Dr. Karen Domino and Dr. Mike Todd offered insight into what is making our patients safer during these major surgeries – specifically looking at closed claims reports, vision loss and acute kidney injury. A fantastic panel!
  • PBLDs: We hosted problem-based learning discussions in carotid endarterectomy, posterior cervical surgery, subarachnoid hemorrhage and DBS surgery challenges.


  • THE MAURICE ALBIN KEYNOTE LECTURE was given by the prodigious Dr. Amy Wagner. A renowned speaker and researcher, Dr. Wagner moved the audience with a look toward modernizing research and medicine to better outcomes after traumatic brain injury.
  • THE HEART AND THE BRAIN – HOW BRAIN INJURY IMPACTS CARDIAC FUNCTION: Dr. Monica Vavilala continued her excellent discourse with the help of Dr. Vijay Krishnamoorthy to speak about the subtle and not so subtle mechanisms for cardiac dysfunction after brain injury and how the clinical epidemiology of the dichotomy is moving forward in medicine to shed light on future directions and aims.
  • WOMEN IN NEUROANESTHESIOLOGY AND NEUROSCIENCE EDUCATION AND RESEARCH (WINNER) SESSION: Literal giants in the field of neuroanesthesia presented on one of the most prolific panels SNACC has ever put together, including Drs. Deb Culley, Karen Domino and Monica Vavilala to describe their journeys in neuroanesthesia and offer advice for future WINNER leaders.
  • FUTURE OF NEUROMONITORING:n this fantastic panel of speakers, the speakers presented the latest in neuromonitoring, from monitors that measure autoregulation to optical imagine reconstruction.


This year the William Young Fundraiser Dinner was held across a beautiful backdrop of the Arizona Grand Resort poolside. In addition to recognizing past and current winners, the dinner attendees got to test their throwing arms with a dunk tank of our own executive board! The pictures are worth a thousand words.

We would like to thank all the sponsors for their support, energy and time spent encouraging SNACC and our mission.

Lastly, we would like to thank and show our greatest appreciation to Ruggles Service Corporation for supporting another phenomenal meeting. Their work often goes unnoticed, but Ruggles offers us the backbone to help us in supporting our members, the public and our patients. They are an invaluable asset to SNACC. And we are honored to have their help next year.


Following 2018 in San Francisco and 2019 in Phoenix, September 2020 will bring SNACC further east (and north!) to the beautiful Montreal, Quebec hosted in the absolutely gorgeous Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. IARS was held in the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth this year and the location was met with resounding praise for its quality, location within Montreal, food and service. The agenda is being developed as you read this, but it will surely be an invaluable learning experience in a luxury hotel within a city full of life and culture. See you there!

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