Take advantage of the networking and mentoring opportunities offered during the IARS, AUA and SOCCA Annual Meetings.


Junior Faculty Networking Sessions

Thursday, May 13, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ET

These virtual networking sessions will facilitate small group discussions hosted by senior faculty in their area of expertise.  There is no fee to attend, but attendees should register in advance for the topic of their choice.

The following topics are available:

Work-life Balance for Academic Anesthesiologists

Lisa Leffert, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Cynthia Wong, MD, University of Iowa Health Care, and Rene Przkora, MD, PhD, University of Florida

Mentorship / Sponsorship

Tetsuro Sakai, MD, PhD, MHA, FASA, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Robert Whittington, MD, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Christina Pabelick, MD, Mayo Clinic, and Jeanine Wiener-Kronish, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Maria Bustillo, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College

Leadership Development

Mohammed Minhaj, MD, University of Chicago, Cynthia Lien, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, and Kenneth Shelton, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital

Education Research

Ed Nemergut, MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Dan Saddawi-Konefka, MD, MBA, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Christine Park, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Laboratory Research

Ines Koerner, MD, PhD, Oregon Health & Science University and Niccolo Terrando, PhD, Duke University

Clinical and Human Subject Research

Jean-Francois Pittet, MD, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Deepak Sharma, MBBS, MD, DM, University of Washington Medicine

Medical Education

Keith Baker, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dawn Dillman, MD, Oregon Health & Science University, Susie Martinelli, MD, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and Jeffrey Berger, MD, MBA, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Research on Health Care Disparities; Outcomes Research

Michael Andreae, MD, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Thomas Anderson, MD, PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine

Getting to DE&I in your Department

Tracey Straker, MD, MS, MPH, FASA, Montefiore Medical Center and Allison Lee, MD, MS, Columbia University

Women in Academic Anesthesiology Networking Breakfast Session 

Friday, May 14, 10:00 am – 11:00 pm ET

Bring your own breakfast to this peer mentoring session that will facilitate informal discussion among participants, and provide opportunities to share stories and find practical and sustainable solutions to individual challenges. There is no fee to attend, but attendees should register in advance.

Panelists: Jeanine Weiner-Kronish, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, Cynthia Wong, MD, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, and Teresa Mulaikal, MD, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, NY



SOCCA Early Career Group Networking Event at the SOCCA 2021 Annual Meeting

In conjunction with the SOCCA 2021 Annual Meeting, on Thursday, May 13th, 2021 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm ET, we will hold an SOCCA Early Career Group Networking Event.

This virtual networking session will consist of small group discussions hosted by senior faculty.  The intention of this networking session is to encourage discussion and interaction among participants in a friendly and relaxed environment.


There is no fee to attend, but we do require pre-registration.  Please log back in to your registration to add this session.




Meet the Expert Networking Sessions

These informal Meet the Expert sessions offer the anesthesia research community the opportunity to discuss a focused topic with a seasoned anesthesiologist in the field in a small group setting. Sessions are limited to 15 participants each and pre-registration is required.

Saturday, May 15, 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm ET

AI in Healthcare

Vikas O’Reilly-Shah, MD, PhD, FASA, University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Ambulatory Anesthesia

Kumar Belani, MBBS, MS, M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital

Anesthesia for Fetal Surgery

Marla Ferschl, MD, University of California San Francisco

Challenges and Opportunities in Translational Neuroscience with a focus on Delirium Modeling

Niccolo Terrando, PhD, Duke University

Clinical Trials

Andrew Davidson, MBBS, MD, FANZCA, Royal Children’s Hospital

Clinician Well-Being

Jina Sinskey, MD, University of California San Francisco

Cognitive Change; Older Adults; Epidemiologic Modeling

Elizabeth Whitlock, MD, MSc, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Personalized Medicine

Kristin Schreiber, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Harvard Medical School


Odmara Barreto Chang, MD, PhD, University of California San Francisco

Women in Medicine

Marina Moguilevitch, MD, Montefiore Medical Center

Sunday, May 16, 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm ET

Application of Your First NIH Grant

Zhongcong Xie, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School


Dawn Dillman, MD, Oregon Health & Science University

Machine Learning Applied to Perioperative Care: Pitfalls & Opportunities

Michael Mathis, MD, University of Michigan Medicine

Out of OR Emergency Airway Management

Kunal Karamchandani, MD, FCCP, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Perioperative Management of Patients Undergoing Thoracic Endovascular Repairs!

Harendra Arora, MD, MBA, University of North Carolina Healthcare

Right Heart Failure: How to Diagnose in the OR

Andre Denault, MD PhD, Montreal Heart Institute

Sexual Harassment in Medicine

Brigid Flynn, MD, University of Kanas

Health, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Valerie Armstead, MD, Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Metrics for Success, Strategic thinking for Culture Change, and Making Yourself Present and More Valuable to your Hospital

Miguel Cobas, MD, Jackson Health Systems

Opportunities in Critical Care and Academic Anesthesiology

Michael Wall, MD, FCCM, University of Minnesota Medical School

Perioperative Neurocognitive Disorders (including delirium), and their Relationship with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Miles Berger, MD, PhD, Duke University Medical Center

Postoperative Delirium

Deborah Culley, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Using EEG Information to Guide Intraoperative Pharmacologic Decision-Making

Paul Garcia, MD, PhD, Columbia University