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A Message From The President - 

On behalf of all SAMBA members, I want to thank Basem Abdelmalak, MD, FASA, SAMBA President 2019-2020, for the excellent service he has provided our society for the past year. Dr. Abdelmalak worked tirelessly executing SAMBA's mission and vision. During his tenure, we signed cooperation agreements with multiple Anesthesiology organizations from around the world, including, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, European Society of Anesthesiologists, the Croatian Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, the Brazilian Society of Anesthesiologists, and the Sao Paulo State Society of Anesthesiologists. 

A few weeks ago, I was mapping out the projects for the year that I will serve as SAMBA's President. My main goal is to enhance the business acumen of our members. Based on the interesting interactions in Q/A sessions at the annual meetings, and your feedback, we plan to have a Medical Directors track in future Annual Meetings. We are considering a SAMBA Medical Director education and certification program, open to SAMBA active and associate members.

As Anesthesiology Medical Directors, on the one hand, we provide medical care to our patients. On the other hand, Medical Directors are also the Chief Medical Officers of the facility and have different responsibilities. It is our wish that all Ambulatory Surgery Centers take advantage of the SAMBA Ambulatory Surgery Center membership. For a discounted price, Anesthesiologists and non-Anesthesiologists that work at member facilities become SAMBA members and enjoy all the educational opportunities that SAMBA provides. SAMBA will continue to work on behalf of our members, developing content to keep them updated. We plan to deploy a SAMBA app from which members can access the content on our website. We aim to create an index and pertinent content to serve as reference for ambulatory anesthesiologists. SAMBA recently published a Manual of Practice Management for Ambulatory Surgery Centers, which members can purchase with a 25% discount.

We are working on a combined virtual regional anesthesia meeting/workshop with the European Society of Regional Anesthesia (ESRA). We are planning a virtual Medical Director's meeting. Many members have visited the membership forum, where you can find additional content related to our webinars, questions and answers by our Board Members, including our Past-Presidents.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve and help enhance our specialty.

Leopoldo V. Rodriguez, MD, MBA, FAAP, FASA
President, Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia 2020 – 2021

Our Mission

The Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia strives to be the leader in the perioperative care of the ambulatory surgical patient.

Our Vision

To be the leaders in Ambulatory Anesthesia, including NORA and Office Based Anesthesiology, patient care, medical education, patient safety, research and practice management.

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SAMBA's Goals

  • To advance the practice of ambulatory anesthesia in all ambulatory venues.
  • To promote high ethical and professional standards.
  • To provide professional guidance for the practice of perioperative care of ambulatory surgical patients
  • To foster and encourage education and research