Committees

Affiliations Committee

The Affiliations Committee is responsible for reviewing and establishing collaborations with local, national, and international organizations with an interest in Office-Based, Ambulatory, and Non-Operating Room Anesthesia. The purpose of these collaborations is to improve patient care and safety by promoting joint education programs including research and providing required representation to establish safe principles of care and accreditation guidelines.
Members
  • Chair: Kumar Belani, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Vice-Chair & Board Advisor: Steven Butz, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Jeffry Brand, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Girish P. Joshi, MB, BS, MD, SAMBA-F
  • BobbieJean Sweitzer, MD, FACP, SAMBA-F, FASA
  • Meghan C. Valach, MD
  • Arnaldo Valedon, MD, SAMBA-F

Bylaws Committee

The SAMBA Bylaws Committee is responsible for the maintenance of the society bylaws, which is the set of rules that helps to guide the organization’s operations and activities.

Members
  • Chair: Alan Marco, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Vice-Chair: Jill Patzner, MD
  • Board Advisor: Niraja Rajan, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Michael Guertin, MD, MBA, CPE, FASA
  • Arnaldo Valedon, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Michael Walsh, MD, SAMBA-F

Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee

The Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee works closely with other committees to develop various guidelines. This process involves a literature search, selecting and grading the available evidence, and developing recommendations. In the absence of high quality evidence, expert opinion and consensus are used to formulate recommendations. The guidelines and practice advisories thus developed are published on the SAMBA website or as a journal article. The Guidelines Committee also works closely with other subspecialty societies to update or develop Practice Guidelines.

Members
  • Co-Chair: Niraja Rajan, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Co-Chair: Girish P. Joshi, MB, BD, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Board Advisor: Fred Shapiro, DO, FASA
  • Kumar Belani, MD, SAMBA-F
  • John George III, MD
  • Mahesh Nagappa, MD
  • Chhaya Patel, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Srinivas Pyati, MD, MBBS
  • Richard Urman, MD
  • Rebecca Twersky, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Arnaldo Valedon, MD, SAMBA -F

CME Committee

The SAMBA CME committee provides oversight for the CME offerings of SAMBA. It has traditionally ensured accreditation for the CME offerings of the society including the annual meeting, webinars, and website content.

Members

  • Chair & Board Advisor: Michael O’Rourke, MD
  • Vice-Chair: Julius Pawlowski, MD
  • Steve Butz, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Kenneth Cummings, MD
  • Neha Dasmunshi, MD
  • Chhaya Patel, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Beverly Philip, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Michael Presta, DO
  • Srinivas Pyati, MD, MBBS
  • Melinda Seering, MD

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee aims to develop and maintain effective communications with SAMBA members, other professional societies, other medical specialties, surgical patients, and the public to promote the medical specialty of ambulatory anesthesiology. It maintains effective communications via the SAMBA mailing list, social media accounts, website, webinars, and other electronic media. One of the key responsibilities of the committee is to contribute articles and ideas to the SAMBA LINK Newsletter. The committee also facilitates the communications between various SAMBA committees.

Members

  • Chair: Sher-Lu Pai, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Vice-Chair: Kelly Lebak, MD
  • Board Advisor: Srinivas Pyati, MD
  • Alberto Ardon, MD
  • Tazeen Beg, MD
  • Shaina Drummond, MD
  • Jarrett Heard, MD
  • Caryn Hertz, MD
  • Yvette Martin McGrew, MD
  • Mahesh Nagappa, MD
  • BobbieJean Sweitzer, MD, FACP, SAMBA-F, FASA

Dental Anesthesia Committee 

The Dental Anesthesia Committee is a general resource for anesthesiologists who want to share and exchange information to promote and provide safe anesthesia in the dental and oral surgery office setting.

Members

  • Chair: Steve C. Yun, MD
  • Board Advisor: Fred Shapiro, DO, FASA
  • Saket Agrawal, MBA
  • Bryant Cornelius, DDS
  • Joseph “Max” Hendrix, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Dallen Mill, MD
  • Anastasios Sakellariou, DMD, MD
  • Philip Yen, DDS

Development Committee

The Development Committee represents SAMBA and builds relationships with pharmaceutical, and industrial supporters and sponsors. The committee creates and maintains SAMBA prospectus for exhibiting at, partnering with, and sponsoring SAMBA. The committee fundraises to support SAMBA’s mission and vision, especially the educational endeavors.

Members

  • Co-Chair: Basem Abdelmalak, MD, FASA, SAMBA-F
  • Co-Chair & Board Advisor: Victor Davila, MD
  • Kenneth Cummings, MD
  • Alan Marco, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Michael Walsh, MD, SAMBA-F

Education Committee

The Education Committee is here to educate our members. We organize monthly webinars. These webinars are live with a speaker giving a lecture on a topic with time for questions and answers at the end. The webinars are available for future viewing on the SAMBA website. We also submit and organize a SAMBA Panel with experts to ASA Annual Meeting. In the past we have worked on other online learning tools such as Anesthesia Tool Box. We are always happy to collaborate with others on educational projects.

Members

  • Chair: Jaime Hyman, MD
  • Vice-Chair: Chhaya Patel, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Board Advisor: Catherine Tobin, MD
  • Claude Abdallah, MD, MS
  • Kara Barnett, MD, FASA
  • Steven Butz, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Tyler Chernin, MD
  • Bryant Cornelius, MD
  • Janette Covington, MD
  • Michelle Harvey, MD
  • Anuradha Mann, MD
  • Karlyn Powell, MD
  • Niraja Rajan, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Megan Rodgers McCormick, MD
  • Fred Shapiro, DO, FASA
  • Ashley Shilling, MD
  • BobbieJean Sweitzer, MD, FACP, SAMBA-F, FASA
  • Connie Tran, MD

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee meets to review the results of the audit process and make recommendations for budgetary and investment actions to be approved by the Board.

Members

  • Chair: VIctor Davila, MD
  • Board Advisor: Michael Guertin, MD, MBA, CPE, FASA
  • Peter DeSocio, DO
  • Steven Gayer, MD
  • John George III, MD
  • Simon Lee, MD
  • Dawn Schell, MD

International Relations Committee

The International Relations Committee engages members and non-members from other countries, as well as societies to carry SAMBA’s mission and vision around the world.

Members

  • Chair: Victor Davila, MD
  • Vice-Chair: JP Ouanes, MD
  • Board Advisor: Fred Shapiro, DO, FASA
  • Kumar Belani, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Steven Gayer, MD
  • Sakura Kinjo, MD
  • Simon Lee, MD
  • Arnaldo Valedon, MD, SAMBA -F
  • Karin Vangura, MD
  • Russell Woda, MD

Meetings Committee

The Meetings Committee works year-long on the logistics of planning the Annual Meeting in regard to location, topics, speakers, and format. It also delegates authority to other members in planning specialty meetings such as Office-Based Anesthesia, Medical Directors, Ambulatory Pediatrics, Mid-year, etc. The committee also works within the financial framework to provide at least an even budget, if not a profit. Work is in done in tandem with the Development, CME, and Education Committees.

Members

  • Co-Chair: Steven Butz, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Co-Chair: Basem Abdelmalak, MD, FASA, SAMBA-F
  • Co-Chair: Simon Lee, MD
  • Board Advisor: Michael Guertin, MD, MBA, CPE, FASA
  • Kara Barnett, MD, FASA
  • Kelly Lebak, MD
  • Michael O’Rourke, MD
  • Michael Presta, DO
  • Srinivas Pyati, MD
  • Leopoldo Rodriguez, MD, MBA, FAAAP, FASA, SAMBA-F
  • Dawn Schell, MD
  • Fred Shapiro, DO, FASA
  • Arnaldo Valedon, MD, SAMBA -F
  • Michael Walsh, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Nancy Wilkes, MD

Membership Committee

The SAMBA Membership Committee promotes the benefits of SAMBA membership, identifies issues important to our members, and works to enhance the value of SAMBA membership by evaluating both current and potential products and services. The committee evaluates due structures and can also be tasked by the Board of Directors to address membership-related issues or special projects that requires discussion, research and recommendations for changes to SAMBA membership.

Members

  • Chair: Sonia Pyne, MD
  • Vice-Chair: John George III, MD
  • Board Advisor: Richard Urman, MD
  • Tazeen Beg, MD
  • Peter DeSocio, DO
  • Olga Vornovitsky, MD

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee is responsible for scouting talented interested members, and encouraging, supporting, mentoring, and nominating them to different leadership positions

Members 

  • Chair: BobbieJean Sweitzer, MD, FACP, SAMBA-F, FASA
  • Board Advisor: Steven Butz, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Basem Abdelmalak, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Kumar Belani, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Leopoldo Rodriguez, MD, MBA, FAAP, FASA, SAMBA-F
  • Arnaldo Valedon, MD, SAMBA -F
  • Michael Walsh, MD, SAMBA-F

Non-Operating Room Anesthesia Committee

As non-operating room anesthesia (NORA) cases increase each year so does interest in the Non-Operating Room Anesthesia (NORA) Committee of SAMBA. It is our hope that this group can address the special challenges to providing safe care in NORA settings, while being vigilant with the medical complexity of these patients. In this rapidly changing field, we hope to focus our attention on the implementation of innovative technologies, procedures or medications while harboring a special focus on patient safety. With new challenges being seen each day, we hope we can foster a better understanding of the risks associated with NORA while maintaining quality care that benefits all of our patients.

Members

  • Chair & Board Advisor: Michael Presta, DO
  • Vice-Chair: Kara Barnettt, MD, FASA
  • Omaira Azizad, MD
  • Anthony Bonavia, MD
  • Tazeen Beg, MD
  • Kar-Mei Chan, MD
  • Ahmad Elsharydah, MD, MBA
  • Claudia Fernandez Robles, MD
  • Ellen Janke, MD
  • Kunal Karamchandani, MD
  • Ellis Lai, MD
  • Jessica Lovich-Sapola, MD
  • Keira Mason, MD
  • Maria Michaelis, MD
  • Kevin Min, MD
  • Bernadette Pasamba-Rakhlin, MD
  • Rahel Selassie, MD
  • Hedwig Schroeck, MD
  • Mary Ann Vann, MD
  • Olga Vornovitsky, MD
  • Michael Walsh, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Audra Webber, MD
  • Russell Woda, MD

Office-Based Anesthesia Committee

The Office-Based Anesthesia (OBA) Committee is a general resource of anesthesia providers who want to share and exchange information to provide safe anesthesia care in the office-based procedural and surgical setting.

Members

  • Chair & Board Advisor: Fred Shapiro, DO, FASA
  • Vice-Chair: Meghan C. Valach, MD
  • Justin Benoit, MD
  • Bryant Cornelius, DDS
  • Grace “Lee” Dorsch, MD
  • Penelope Duke, MD
  • Kelly Lebak, MD
  • Anuradha Mann, MD
  • Keira Mason, MD
  • Brian Osman, MD
  • Mark Saxen, MD
  • Stephen Smith, MD, DABA
  • Richard Urman, MD, MBA
  • Philip Yen, DDS

Ophthalmologic Anesthesia Committee

The Ophthalmologic Anesthesia Committee deals with all aspects of Ophthalmic anesthesia, surgery, and ambulatory care with particular emphasis on teaching ophthalmic regional anesthesia, relevant sedation techniques, and general anesthetic aspects pertinent to the niche subspecialty.

Members

  • Chair: Steve Gayer, MD
  • Vice-Chair: Tina Tran, MD
  • Board Advisor: Dawn Schell, MD
  • Fred Shapiro, DO, FASA
  • Maggie Jeffries, MD
  • Jeremy Juang, MD
  • Sameh Nour, MD
  • J Eric Theisen, MD

Pediatric Anesthesia Committee

The Pediatric Anesthesia Committee’s (PAC) Mission is to promote the highest standards of anesthesia care and safety for pediatric patients in Pediatric Ambulatory Surgery Centers (PASC) and other settings

Members

  • Co-Chair: Audra Webber, MD
  • Co-Chair: Marjorie Brennan, MD
  • Vice-Chair: Chhaya Patel, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Board Advisor: Niraja Rajan, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Kumar Belani, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Steven Butz, MD, SAMBA-F
  • David Beebe, MD
  • Wanda Chin, MD
  • Neha Dasmunshi, MD
  • Michelle Harvey, MD
  • Keira Mason, MD
  • Benjamin Massey, MD
  • Sameh Nour, MD

Performance Measures Committee

The Performance Measures Committee is responsible for developing, reviewing or advising on ways to determine the effectiveness of processes, procedures and systems to improve and optimize patient outcomes in ambulatory and office-based anesthesia settings.

Members

  • Chair: Jarrett Heard, MD
  • Board Advisor: Michael Guertin, MD, MBA
  • Timothy Curry, MD
  • Neha Dasmunshi, MD
  • Gregory Dodson, MD
  • Shaina Drummond, MD
  • Lucinda Everett, MD
  • Steven Gayer, MD
  • Yvette Martin McGrew, MD
  • Maria Michaelis, MD
  • Stanford Plavin, MD
  • Sonia Pyne, MD

Regional Anesthesia Committee

The Regional Anesthesia Committee advances the knowledge and use of regional anesthesia and modern acute pain management approaches in the ambulatory setting.

Members

  • Chair: Ashley Shilling, MD
  • Vice-Chair: Hanae Tokita, MD
  • Board Advisor: Alberto Ardon, MD
  • John George III, MD
  • Roy Greengrass, MD
  • Jihye Ha, MD
  • John Hagen, MD, MBA, FAAP
  • Sakura Kinjo, MD
  • Alec Lawrence, MD
  • Charles Luke, MD
  • Harika Nagavelli, MD
  • Karen Nielsen, MD
  • Olga Nin, MD
  • Michael O’Rourke, MD
  • JP Ouanes, DO
  • Julius Pawlowski, MD
  • Melinda Seering, MD
  • Ashley Shilling, MD
  • Sindhuja Nimma, MD
  • Jesse Stewart, MD
  • Tejinder Swaran Singh, MBBS, FRCA
  • Sylvia Wilson, MD

Resident Committee

The Resident Committee provides a framework for residents to participate in the education and guidance of the specialty of ambulatory anesthesia. They participate in the development of the resident lectures at the Annual Meeting and provide opportunities to network throughout the year.

Members

  • Chair: Justin Benoit, MD
  • Vice-Chair: Fred Shapiro, DO, FASA
  • Board Advisor: Victor Davila, MD
  • Omaira Azizad, MD
  • Carey Brewbaker, MD
  • Jaime Hyman, MD
  • Karlyn Powell, MD
  • Tejinder Swaran Singh, MBBS, FRCA
  • Jesse Stewart, MD
  • Connie Tran, MD

Scientific Papers Committee

The Committee on Scientific Papers is committed to furthering scientific research and recognizing advances in the field of ambulatory anesthesia. The committee is responsible for abstract review prior to the annual meeting, abstract award determination, and research grant review.

Members

  • Chair: Kara Barnett, MD, FASA
  • Vice-Chair: Anthony Bonavia, MD
  • Board Advisor: Srinivas Pyati, MD, MBBS
  • Sabry Ayad, MD
  • David Beebe, MD
  • Katie Bridges, MD
  • Kenneth Cummings, MD
  • Ahmad Elsharydah, MD, MBA
  • Audrice Francois, MD
  • Alec Lawrence, MD
  • Kunal Karamchandani, MD
  • Jennifer Matos, MD
  • Kevin Min, MD
  • Chhaya Patel, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Yamini Subramani, MD

Website Committee

The Website Committee is responsible for periodic review of website content and functionality, investigating issues and complaints from members, looking for opportunities to improve, advance and modernize the website, and promoting the creation of new website contents.

Members

  • Chair: Kelly Lebak, MD
  • Vice-Chair: Claudia Fernandez Robles, MD
  • Board Advisor: Catherine Tobin, MD
  • Neha Dasmunshi, MD
  • Mamikon "Mike" Gukasov, DO
  • Jihya Ha, MD
  • John Jaworowicz, MD
  • Sher-Lu Pai, MD, SAMBA-F
  • Leopoldo Rodriguez, MD, MBA, FAAAP, FASA, SAMBA-F
  • BobbieJean Sweitzer, MD, FACP, SAMBA-F, FASA