SATA launched a number of standing committees in order to address current and future plans for the community of perioperative transplant anesthesia providers.   Each committee has a mission statement that describes the general scope of interest.

A snapshot highlighting some of the current committee activities are outlined.  You can directly contact a committee chair by e-mail.  SATA looks forward to adding new members to the standing and upcoming committees.

Standards and Quality: Chair Dr Cinnamon Sullivan Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia Phone: 404-778-3900 Email:

Current Activities:  Quality Measures for Perioperative Anesthesia Care:  Committee members are evaluating tools to help measure or quantify healthcare processes, outcomes, patient perceptions, and systems associated with high-quality perioperative transplant anesthesia health care that relate to one or more quality goals for health care.  This new project is a continuation of SATA’s previous work with the American Society of Transplant Surgeon to identify perioperative quality measures for the new Transplant Quality Improvement Program (TransQIP) sponsored by the American College of Surgeons.   The new transplant version of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) is now being tested in a sample of transplant centers in the United States.  For more information about TransQIP go to

Scientific Committee: Chair Dr. Sam DeMaria. Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York.  Phone (800) 627-800 Email

Current Activities:  The Scientific Committee recently initiated a multicenter study to evaluate the effects of intraoperative fluid management and choice of hemodynamic monitoring on a risk adjusted kidney transplant population.  Study variables are collected through a REDCap data manager.  The project manager is Dr. Cynthia Wang at South Western University, Dallas Texas.

Working Groups:  TEE and POCUS (Point of Care Ultrasound) in liver transplantation.  The Working Group will advise SATA about the applications of these technologies and training pathways in liver transplant patients.   Members of the Scientific Committee have taken steps to ensure opinions and practices from our community are the basis of future recommendations.  Data from an on-line survey open to all transplant centers will be used by the Working Group to build future recommendations.  The TEE survey should appear in publication later this year. Working Group Chair Dr. Lorenzo De Marchi at Med Star Georgetown University, Georgetown Washington DC  SATA TEE survey: Dr. Jeron Zerillo, Mount Sinai Hospital New York.

Fellowship Committee: Chair Jeron Zerillo. Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York.  Phone (800) 627-800 Email

Current Activities: Joint project with the Vanguard Committee on transplant fellowship training recommendations.  Vanguard Committee Chair Dr. Ryan Chadha Mayo Jacksonville, Jacksonville Florida  The joint committee is developing recommendations for post-graduate fellowship training in transplant anesthesia.  The joint committee completed a “white paper” on transplant anesthesia training.  The paper presents the committee’s reasoning that underlies a need for more transplant anesthesia education and provides an outline of future educational pathways.  The upcoming paper will appear in the December issue of SATA’s home journal; Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia

Vanguard Committee: Chair Dr. Ryan Chadha Mayo Jacksonville, Jacksonville Florida.  The Committee members have an early draft of core competencies and milestones to be used in transplant anesthesia fellowship training.  Currently smaller satellite groups are forming to develop core competencies and milestones for each transplant anesthesia subspecialty.  These include, liver, kidney, pancreas and multivisceral transplants.  Cardiothoracic transplant training recommendations will be overseen by the Cardiothoracic Committee.

Cardiothoracic Committee: Chair Dr. Kathirvel Subramaniam University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania  The SATA lung transplant survey is now complete and the data will be shared with the Society for Cardiovascular Anesthesia.  The survey will be posted on the SATA web site.