2021 WSSA Spring Scientific Meeting

Saturday, May 1, 2021 | 8:00 AM – 12:40 PM
Virtually via Zoom

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About the Meeting

At the 2021 Spring Scientific Meeting, attendees have ample opportunity to network and enjoy relevant sessions pertaining to crucial topics in anesthesiology. Join us this spring for our first Virtual Scientific Meeting via Zoom. Comment on current policies, compare best practices with colleagues, network with your peers, and earn up to 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™️!

This meeting is for anesthesiologists, anesthesiologist assistants, CRNAs, resident/fellows and medical students. 

The purpose of this conference is to educate attendees on current issues in anesthesiology and multimodal approaches to perioperative pain management.


At the end of this activity participants should be able to:

  • Employ novel regional anesthesia techniques for perioperative patients.
  • Develop safe perioperative pain management plans for patients taking buprenorphine.
  • Identify patient populations and surgical cases appropriate for opioid-free anesthesia.
  • Identify the professional and social responsibilities of those practicing within the field of anesthesiology.


WSSA Member Free
Non-WSSA Member
WA Anesthesiologist Resident
Non-WSSA Member
Anesthesiologist or Out of State Anesthesiologist
 Cancellation Policy: Those who are unable to attend the live event may access recordings post-event. No refunds will be permitted.


8:00 AM – 8:05 AM  Welcome and Opening Remarks Moderator: Stephanie Yang, MD

8:05 AM – 9:05 AM 

Session 1:

Novel Blocks for Perioperative Pain Management
Moderators: Rachel Clement, MD, and Jeffrey McLaren, MD


Lauren Steffel, MD
VA Puget Sound Health Care System

8:50 AM – 9:05 AM 

Session 1 Live Q&A


9:05 AM – 9:15 AM 



9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Session 2:

Lecture on Social and Professional Responsibility
Moderators:  Rachel Clement, MD, and Jeffrey McLaren, MD


William McDade, MD

10:00 AM –10:15 AM

Session 2 Live Q&A


10:15 AM – 10:25 AM



10:25 AM – 11:25 AM

Session 3:

In Pursuit of Opioid-Free Pediatric Surgery – What We Learned and How It Changed Our Practice
Moderators:  Rachel Clement, MD, and Jeffrey McLaren, MD



David Liston, MD, MPH
Seattle Children's Hospital

Sarah Bain, MD
Virginia Mason

11:10 AM – 11:25 AM

Session 3 Live Q&A


11:25 AM – 11:35 AM 


11:35 AM – 12:35 PM

Session 4:

Perioperative Buprenorphine Management
Moderators:  Rachel Clement, MD, and Jeffrey McLaren, MD


Katherin Peperzak, MD
University of Washington

12:20 PM – 12:35 PM  Session 4 Live Q&A  
12:35 PM – 12:40 PM Closing Remarks Moderator: Stephanie Yang, MD
1:15 PM – 3:15 PM  Board Meeting  

About the Speakers

Lauren Steffel, MD
Lauren Steffel is a regional anesthesiologist and director of the Acute Pain Service at the Puget Sound Veterans Affairs Hospital. She directs the VA regional rotation for University of Washington anesthesiology residents, which is the highest-rated resident rotation within the department, and won VA anesthesia teacher of the year in 2019. She also teaches regional anesthesia workshops and lectures held by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA). Lauren completed medical school at Harvard Medical School, residency at Stanford University Medical Center, fellowship at Virginia Mason Medical Center, and was awarded the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine resident of the year award in 2016. 
William McDade, MD
William McDade, MD, PhD is the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.  He has been Chief Academic Officer/EVP for the Ochsner Health System, Professor and Deputy Provost at the University of Chicago, and Associate Dean at the Pritzker School of Medicine. He is a current executive committee member of the Joint Commission Board and has served on boards for the AMA, NBME, and ACGME.  He has been a President and Board Chair of local and state medical societies in Illinois and Chair of the National Medical Association’s Anesthesiology Section and the American Medical Association’s Council on Medical Education.  Bill is a board-certified Anesthesiologist having graduated from the Pritzker School of Medicine, earning a PhD in Biophysics and Theoretical Biology.  He completed his internship in internal medicine at UChicago and residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
David Liston, MD, MPH

Dr. Liston is a pediatric anesthesiologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. He received his Bachelor of Science with honors from New Mexico State University and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Pursing an interest in global health, Dr. Liston completed an MPH at the Yale School of Public Health before returning to Texas for residency. The University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas served as his training institution for residencies in both pediatrics and anesthesiology. He then finished his training with a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Liston’s passion for global health is demonstrated by his service as the vice chair on the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia’s global health committee. His clinical interests include quality improvement with standardized care, opiate free anesthesia, pediatric regional anesthesia and the study of perioperative anxiety in children. His family life revolves around his wife and three children (spanning elementary, middle and high school).

Sarah Bain, MD

Sarah Bain, MD is a cardiac anesthesiologist and intensivist at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, WA. She is currently an Associate Program Director for the Anesthesia Residency Program, and Division head of Cardiac, Thoracic and Structural heart Anesthesia.
She attended Emory University in Atlanta, GA for undergraduate training and George Washington University in Washington, DC for medical school and internship. She completed residency in Anesthesia and fellowships in Cardiac Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at Stanford University in California. Following fellowship, she was a member of the anesthesia and critical care teams at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California and has now been at Virginia Mason Hospital for the last 4 years.

Katherin Peperzak, MD

Katherin Peperzak, MD is an assistant professor in the University of Washington Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, currently serving as Medical Director for the Center for Pain Relief at UWMC-Roosevelt. As a board certified physician in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, and Addiction Medicine she provides comprehensive outpatient pain management at the Center for Pain Relief as well as acute inpatient pain care at Harborview Medical Center, the Level 1 Trauma Center for the WWAMI region. Dr. Peperzak earned her BS in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, her M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, and continued her training in Pittsburgh with residency in anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and fellowship in pain medicine at Allegheny General Hospital/West Penn Hospital. She relocated to Seattle in 2014 to become University of Washington faculty, where she saw a unique opportunity to join and shape a pain team that truly values an interdisciplinary approach. She is involved in several studies examining postoperative opioid use in patients maintained on buprenorphine perioperatively as well as helped develop a protocol for cross-titrating patients from chronic full agonist opioids to buprenorphine.

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Committee Members

  • Rachel Clement, MD, Education Committee Chair
  • Jeffrey McLaren, MD

ACCME Accreditation and Designation Statements

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists. The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Commercial Support Acknowledgement 

The CME actvity is not supported by any educational grants from ineligible companies. 


The information provided at this activity is for continuing medical education purposes and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

Disclosure Policy

The American Society of Anesthesiologists remains strongly committed to providing the best available evidence-based clinical information to participants of this educational activity and requires an open disclosure of any potential conflict of interest identified by our faculty members. It is not the intent of the American Society of Anesthesiologists to eliminate all situations of potential conflict of interest, but rather to enable those who are working with the American Society of Anesthesiologists to recognize situations that may be subject to question by others. All disclosed conflicts of interest are reviewed by the educational activity course director/chair to ensure that such situations are properly evaluated and, if necessary, resolved. The American Society of Anesthesiologists educational standards pertaining to conflict of interest are intended to maintain the professional autonomy of the clinical experts inherent in promoting a balanced presentation of science. Through our review process, all American Society of Anesthesiologists CME activities are ensured of independent, objective, scientifically balanced presentations of information. Disclosure of any or no relationships will be made available for all educational activities.


The following speakers and/or planning committee members have indicated that they have relationships with ineligible companies to disclose:
  • David Liston, MD, MPH has an equity position with MDmetrix.
  • All relevant financial relationships for this activity have been mitigated.
  • All other planners, faculty, and staff have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

CME Claim

Post-conference, you will receive an email from the American Society of Anesthesiologists to claim credit. Please follow these directions to complete the evaluation, claim credit, and print a certificate. 

Please note you must claim your credits for this course by December 31, 2021. You will NOT be able to claim credits after this date.

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