2018 WSSA Fall Scientific Meeting

Saturday, September 8, 2018
7:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Museum of Flight | 9404 East Marginal Way South, Seattle, WA 98108

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Join WSSA for an exciting day of educational updates and incredible learning and networking opportunities. With a special emphasis on Practice Management, we will engage with our fellow physician anesthesiologists at a new location for our meeting, Seattle's beautiful Museum of Flight!

Following the educational meeting, we have the rare opportunity to network together and hear from U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and share members’ concerns about issues important to anesthesiologists.

Finally, after the networking lunch attendees receive complimentary admission to the Museum of Flight and are encouraged to spend the afternoon exploring this wonderful space.

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WSSA Members: Free
Non-Member Washington State Anesthesiology Residents: $10
Non-Member Anesthesiologists and Out-of-State Anesthesiology Residents: $100

Event Program

All times and sessions subject to change

7:00 AM Registration and Breakfast
8:00 AM

Value of Anesthesia Services - Past, Present, and Future
Asa C. Lockhart, MD, MBA
Member of ASA's Committee on Practice Management, Committee on Future Models of Anesthesia, Council on Medical Services and Course Director for ASA's Certificate in Business Administration

This session will help attendees gain an understanding of the evolution of how various stakeholders define value for anesthesia services and how to develop adaptive strategies: 1. Review historical perspective of expectations; 2. Understand and formulate strategies for current expectations; 3. Gain insight into the implications for anesthesia practices secondary to health system reform and how to position practices for future success; 4. How to assess pros and cons of personally provided and anesthesia care team modes of practice; 5. How to calculate cross-walks between ASA RVUs and capitation; 6. Participate in an issue-oriented open-forum and dialogue.

9:00 AM

Panel of Local Practices 

Representatives from local groups will exchange ideas, experiences, challenges facing private practices in Washington state. Examples include (but not limited to) demands from hospitals; competition from outside groups; considerations to sell to corporate entities; contracting with insurers; strategies dealing with drug shortages; life as employed physicians; and any other topics of interest to practices across our state.


  • Daniela Alexianu, MD, FASA, Providence Medical Group, Spokane
  • Bridget Bush, MD, Somnia, Everett
  • Todd Donato, MD, Tacoma Anesthesia Associates, Tacoma
  • Bradley Karr, MD, Pacific Anesthesia, Edmonds
  • Arooj Simmonds, MD, US Anesthesia Partners – Washington, Seattle
  • James Stangl, MD, Tacoma Anesthesia Associates, Tacoma
  • Ian Wright, MD, FRCA, US Anesthesia Partners – Washington, Seattle


Robert Hsiung, MD, Virginia Mason, Seattle

10:30 AM

Updates from ASA
Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MHA
First Vice President of ASA

Dr. Peterson will present an update on various initiatives and topics currently being worked on by the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

11:00 AM Luncheon and Member Networking
Guest Speaker: The Honorable Maria Cantwell, US Senator
12:30 PM Visit the Museum of Flight (Registered attendees will receive complimentary museum admission.)
1:00 PM Resident-Only Meet and Greet
Anesthesia residents are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about practice management and how the changing landscape will affect their future practice during the scientific meeting.  Following the educational session and lunch networking event, an exclusive meet and greet event will be held for residents from 1-2 pm.