On behalf of the Pediatric Anesthesiology Foundation, we are thrilled to welcome you back to Anaheim, California for the 60th Clinical Conference in Pediatric Anesthesiology. It’s an exciting time for pediatric anesthesiology as we continue to grow and adapt while remaining motivated and responsive to the ever-changing world around us. We cannot overemphasize the impact of COVID-19, but it seems like we are beginning to return to a more familiar world. Advances in technology have empowered us to conduct our first ever hybrid meeting. Our guests will have the option of joining us in person at the Grand Californian Hotel or virtually – live! While amusement parks are a huge draw, we hope that the lectures we have chosen for this year are equally exciting. Listening to you as the audience influences our topic selections and we try to play off of the strengths of our speakers. We are confident that we have a great program again this year.
Given our experience over the past several years we have shortened the number of talks throughout each section in an effort to engage and interact more with the audience. On Friday, we will adjourn in time to watch the Disneyland fireworks. To start, we would like to thank our returning speakers who have been so supportive of this conference over the years. Dr. Todd Kilbaugh will be back to talk about neuromonitoring and neurosurgical emergencies. Dr. Jerry Lerman will update the audience on postoperative nausea and vomiting and obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Tiffany Frazee returns to the meeting this year to provide insights and tales from a reluctant leader, and Dr. Sapna Kudchadkar will address emergence delirium. Dr. Linda Mason, former President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, will join us again this year to share some of the things she learned as President of this significant and well-respected society.
We would next like to introduce you to new speakers joining us for the first time at our Clinical Conference: Telianne Chon, DO, FAOCA from Focused Care Anesthesia Consultants and Drs. Leah and Wes Templeton from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. In addition, we have an agenda full of internal speakers from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles who are ready to share their knowledge as leaders in the field of pediatric anesthesiology. In addition, Rebecca Margolis, DO will address systemic issues that cause burnout in healthcare providers during her talk on Well-Being on Sunday morning, an issue that has been highlighted by the pandemic.
Our honored Digby Leigh Speaker this year is Dr. Joseph Cravero from Boston Children’s Hospital. He will be speaking to us about the responsible use of large data sets for pediatric anesthesia quality improvement. Introducing Dr. Cravero on Saturday afternoon is our Department Chair, Dr. Barry Markovitz and Dr. Tiffany Frazee.
Planning and preparing for a meeting during such unusual times is very much a team effort. We want to recognize that we wouldn’t be able to do this without the help of Viva Shastry, MHA, CLSSGB, Michelle Yamaguchi, MHA, and Rosie Zesati, MAM, C-TAGME in collaboration with the team at Disney, Ruggles, and Showgear AV. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Rebecca Margolis DO and Patrick Ross MD