SATA has been founded to advance the scope of practice and further development of the field of Transplant Anesthesia.

Saving lives through organ transplantation has become increasingly possible thanks to advances in research and care.

Today, the complex field of transplantation continues to develop rapidly, fueled by demographic change and further evolution in scientific understanding.

The Society has been envisioned as a community of clinician-scientists involved in the perioperative care of the organ donor and transplant recipient, not a confederation of disciplines. Fundamental to its members’ embrace of the practice of transplantation medicine is the notion that broad advances in the emerging field of transplant anesthesia will require innovative approaches to teaching, research and learning.

According to the American Society of Anesthesia:

“The complexity of transplant surgeries requires the expertise and specialty of a transplant anesthesiologist who is an integral part of the transplant team. Transplant anesthesiologists have an extensive background in critical care medicine, cardiac anesthesiology and/or pediatric anesthesiology. This type of anesthesiologist also provides consultation in both the perioperative and intraoperative stages of care….”

“…It also is important that transplant anesthesiologists work closely with others on the transplant team to closely manage the recipients’ vital life functions before, during and after the transplant occurs. After surgery, transplant anesthesiologists and internists often monitor transplant recipients in the ICU and provide any pain management during the recovery process.”

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