CAS Neuroanesthesia Section Update June 2020

By Jason Chui, MD; Alana Flexman, MD; Tumul Chowdhury, MD; Melinda Davis, MD

Dr. Flexman Dr. Chui
Alana Flexman, MD
Past Chair
Jason Chui, MD
Dr. Chowdhury Dr. Davis
Tumul Chowdhury, MD
Vice Chair
Melinda Davis, MD

CAS Neuroanesthesia Executive Board

Amidst the COVID pandemic, we hope that all SNACC members are keeping well. We all are gradually adapting to this ‘new normal’ and recently, our section hosted a great educational session for its members followed by the annual section meeting.

Educational Session
The Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS) Neuroanesthesia Virtual Meeting took place on Thursday, June 18, 2020 and was featured as a free webinar for CAS Neuroanesthesia section members.

Despite the difficulty and limitations of the virtual setting, we are very pleased with the outcome and the participation of our section members. The aims of the virtual meeting were to encourage scientific discussion about the current challenges in managing neurosurgical patients during a pandemic and to maintain communication amongst section members during this difficult time. Dr. Tumul Chowdhury moderated this session.

Dr. Alana Flexman presented a comprehensive overview on ‘Neurological Manifestations of COVID Patients’, highlighting various pathophysiological process, and followed by Dr. Jason Chui who provided an in-depth overview of ‘Anesthesia for Spine Surgery in COVID Pandemic’.

Thereafter, Dr. Venkatraghavan presented his talk on ‘Anesthesia for Mechanical Thrombectomy in COVID Pandemic’, discussing the changes of practices during the COVID pandemic. In addition, several practical challenges during pandemic were discussed amongst the panel and the audience.

Last, but not least, Dr. Melinda Davis presented an interesting talk on the impact of the COVID pandemic on educational training of fellows and residents.

Zoom Meeting

The Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS) NeuroAnesthesia Virtual Meeting

Meeting update
After the educational session, Dr. Alana Flexman introduced and welcomed Dr. Melinda Davis as the section’s new Secretary/Treasurer. With this, the Past Chair, Dr. Flexman, passed the virtual baton to the next Chair, Dr Jason Chui. All members congratulated Dr. Chui for his new leadership role. The CAS neuroanesthesia section would like to thank Dr. Alana Flexman for her work as Section Chair and wishes her the best in her role as SNACC Secretary/Treasurer. We look forward to ongoing collaboration with SNACC. In addition, the CAS neuroanesthesia section would also like to acknowledge Dr. Marie-Helen’s contribution for serving the executive board for eight years.

Following this, we conducted a virtual member meeting to obtain feedback about the scientific program in 2021 as well as the other section activities. The scientific program of the Neuroanesthesia track in the CAS meeting 2021 will cover the state-of-art of neuroanesthesia practices and education and will be presented by the national and international experts in Anesthesia, Neurosurgery, Radiology and Critical Care. We believe this will be a unique learning experience with great opportunity to network with the other members in Canadian Neuroanesthesia Society. The detailed program will be coming soon.

Other updates included the CAS Neuroanesthesia section will continue to support the Joint CAS/SNACC travel award and will update the Canadian neuroanesthesia fellowship information in the CAS webpage. For more information about the CAS Neuroanesthesia section, visit or Twitter: @cas_neuro

Save the date - we hope to see you in (person) Quebec City, June 11-14, 2021.

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