Articles  |   May 2019
The Society for Airway Management: Leading the Way in Airway Management and Patient Safety Through Technology, Training and Collaboration
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  • Lauren C. Berkow, M.D., FASA
    President, Society for Airway Management
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Airway Management / Patient Safety / Articles
Articles   |   May 2019
The Society for Airway Management: Leading the Way in Airway Management and Patient Safety Through Technology, Training and Collaboration
ASA Monitor 5 2019, Vol.83, 40-41.
ASA Monitor 5 2019, Vol.83, 40-41.
The Society for Airway Management (SAM) is an international, multidisciplinary subspecialty organization composed of physicians and nonphysicians who are involved and interested in airway management. Our members consist of physician anesthesiologists, certified nurse anesthetists, emergency physicians, critical care physicians, pulmonologists, prehospital emergency medical personnel, trainees and others. The society was initially founded by Andy Ovassapian, M.D., in 1995, and over the past 25 years we have grown to more than 500 members from at least 34 countries with 10 international chapters from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, India, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Unfortunately, in 2010, we lost our amazing founder. In honor of Dr. Ovassapian, the Society for Airway Management Andy Ovassapian Lecture was established and is given biannually at the ASA annual meeting. In 2014, William Rosenblatt, M.D., a SAM past president, presented the first lecture titled “The Airway Approach Algorithm: What Would Andy Say?” In 2016, the second lecture was given by Michael Kristensen, M.D., and was titled “Airway Management in 2016 and Beyond: New Knowledge, New Drugs, and New Techniques.” This past year, Richard Cooper, M.D., FRCPC, presented the third lecture on “Extubation and Re-intubation of the Difficult Airway.”
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