GSA Winter Forum
February 15-17, 2019
Program & Agenda


Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Friday, February 15

3:00 - 6:00p

Location: Prefunction C

4:00 - 6:00p

Exhibit Assembly
Location: Mercer Room

4:30 - 6:30p

Board of Directors Meeting
Location: Concourse North


GSA Hospitality Room Networking
Location: See registration desk for details
Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments provided

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Saturday, February 16


Exhibit Assembly
Location: Prefunction C

6:30 - 7:20a

Location: Prefunction C

Breakfast with Exhibitors
Location: Mercer Room

7:25 – 7:30a

*Unless otherwise noted all activities will take place in Concourse Ballroom

Maurice Gilbert, MD, FASA
GSA President

Billy Thomas, MD & Rachel Steckelberg, MD, MPH

GSA 2019 Winter Activity Directors

7:30 - 8:30a

Anesthesia for Patients with Reduced Ejection Fraction 
Ellen Richter, MD, Emory University School of Medicine

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the pathophysiology of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF)
  2. Understand the impact of left ventricular systolic failure on perioperative outcomes
  3. Review perioperative guidelines relevant to HFrEF
  4. Understand how common anesthetic techniques and agents impact the failing LV

8:30 - 9:30a

Elevated Maternal Mortality and Racial Disparities in Access to Medicine
Shelly Norris, MD, Emory University School of Medicine

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the current state of maternal mortality in the U.S. and Georgia.
  2. Identify causes of disparity in maternal mortality.
  3. Evaluate current personal attitude toward minority patients and reflect on implicit bias in practice.
  4. Identify strategies to reduce/eliminate disparities in maternal health outcomes.

9:30 - 10:00a

Break with Exhibitors
Location: Mercer Room

9:30a - 11:00a

Resident Section Meeting
Location: Kern

GA-AAA Business Meeting
Location: Porter

10:00 - 11:00a

Opioids- Legal Implications for Prescribers  
Zwade J. Marshall, MD, MBA, Alliance Spine and Pain

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to review the most updated opioid prescribing guidelines
  2. Participants will understand the documentation requirements for opioid prescribers
  3. Risk mitigation strategies for the potential opioid abusers will be reviewed                  
  4. Participants will learn the underpinnings of physician prosecutions by law enforcement

11:00 - 12:00p

Paradigm Changes in Pediatric Airway
Julie Williamson, DO, Emory University School of Medicine

Learning Objectives:

  1. Contrast pediatric to adult airway management
  2. Compare delayed to rapid sequence intubation
  3. Explore limitations of front of neck access in pediatic patients
  4. Introduce the Vortex model of airway management 

12:00 - 12:30p

Location: Gershwin 

12:30 - 1:30p

Neuroanesthesia Potpourri
Alexandar Papangelou, MD, Emory University School of Medicine

Learning Objectives:

  1. Appreciate the current status of evidence in the anesthetic management of endovascular mechanical thrombectomy
  2. Review the evidence-based non-opioid options for post-craniotomy pain
  3. Appreciate the approach to fluid management during craniotomy

1:30 – 2:00p

Break with Exhibitors
Location: Mercer Room

2:00 - 3:00p

Poster Presentations of Top Scoring Trainee Research Projects

Presentation 1: Medically Challenging Case 
Suboxone in the peripartum patient.
Lauren Guenther, MD

Presentation 2:  Medically Challenging Case 
Remifentanil for RSI in a patient with malignant hyperthermia undergoing thyroidectomy.
William Trudo, MD

Presentation 3: Original Scientific Research 
Prevalence of bradycardia associated with sugammadex administration in a single-center retrospective analysis of electronic medical record data.
Matt Weis, MD

Presentation 4: Original Scientific Research
Why are multiple administrations of sugammadex and/or neostigmine given?
Arjun Meka, MD

3:00 - 4:00p

 Committee Meetings

  • Government Affairs & Practice Management - Mercer
  • Membership - Bernstein II
  • Program and Education - Bernstein I


General Business Meeting
Governance Assembly (Committee Reports)

Location: Concourse Ballroom

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Sunday, February 17

8:30 - 10:30a

Advocacy Training Workshops