Annual Meeting

WSA 2019 Annual Meeting | September 7-8, 2019
Potawatomi Hotel | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mastering Perioperative Pain Management

13.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™


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Invitation from the President

I would like to invite you to this year's Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists (WSA) Annual Meeting being held in Milwaukee at the Potawatomi hotel. The facility is elegant and has lots of entertainment onsite. This is conveniently located near downtown Milwaukee with lots of fine dining options onsite and nearby.  The Harley Davidson museum is next door as well. 

This year's meeting is being organized by Dr. Peggy Kim and Dr. Alaa Abd-Elsayed, who are pain practitioners at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.   They have put together a great program with many topics on timely issues such as perioperative pain management, marijuana and CBD oil, infusion therapy and demonstrating value of our specialty.  We again will offer multiple ultrasound workshops.  We will also feature a panel discussion on physician wellness, burnout and suicide.

A special session this year will be four nationally recognized speakers who will speak on safety considerations when using opioid analgesics. This session is being sponsored by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

This will be a great chance to earn continuing medical education and is one of the benefits of your WSA membership, so please join us for this easily accessed learning opportunity.

James J. Nicholson, MD
President, Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists 


Goals & Obectives

  • Discuss common usages and indications for medical marijuana and/or CBD oil, as well as the medicolegal issues and anesthetic/perioperative implications associated with the use of these substances. 
  • Appreciate opportunities for utilizing different infusions for pain in the perioperative setting. 
  • Develop strategies and/or protocols for improving pain management in adult and child ICU settings. 
  • Articulate opportunities for implementing value-added services to their institution/hospital such as ERAS, chronic pain clinic, and acute/regional/inpatient pain services. 
  • Demonstrate anatomical placement and understand the use of ultrasound guidance for common regional/chronic pain blocks and/or point of care uses. 
  • Identify important current medicolegal issues facing anesthesiologists. 
  • Describe ways and strategies to improve preoperative patient care. 
  • Recognize the warning signs of physician burnout and suicidality and discuss ways to mitigate these risks and improve physician wellness. 
  • Develop individualized pain treatment plans, including nonpharmacologic and/or pharmacologic (non-opioid and opioid analgesics) as approprate.  

Schedule of Events

Saturday, September 7, 2019

6:00 - 7:00am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

7:15 – 7:30am: Welcome

Alaa Abd-Elsayed, MD, MPH; Peggy Kim, MD, MBA, MS

7:30 – 9:00am: Marijuana and CBD Oil Panel Discussion

Maxim Eckmann, MD; Natalie Schmitz, PharmD, MPA; Guy DuBeau, JD

9:00 – 9:30am: Break with Exhibitors & Abstract Posters

9:30 – 10:30am: Pain Infusions in the Perioperative Setting – Hugh Cios, MD

10:30 – 11:30am: Challenges and Strategies for Managing Pain in ICU Settings Panel Discussion 

  • SICU – Jagan Ramamoorthy, MD
  • NICU – Timothy Casias, MD
  • PICU – Timothy Casias, MD

11:30 – 12:00pm: Legislative Update

Eric Jensen, JD, Lobbyist, WSA

12:00 – 12:30pm: Annual Business Meeting

James Nicholson, MD, President, WSA

12:30 – 1:30pm: Luncheon & ASA Update

Michael Champeau, MD, FASA, Treasurer, American Society of Anesthesiologists

1:30 – 2:30pm: Demonstrating Value Panel Discussion

  • ERAS – Timothy McCormick, DO
  • Establishing a Chronic Pain Clinic – Alaa Abd-Elsayed, MD, MPH
  • Establishing an Acute Pain/Regional Anesthesia Service – Kristopher Schroeder, MD
  • Establishing an Inpatient Pain Service – Kristopher Schroeder, MD

2:30 – 3:00pm: Break with Exhibitors & Abstract Posters 

3:00 – 4:00pm: Q&A with WSA Legal Counsel

Guy DuBeau, JD

3:00 – 4:30pm: Concurrent Workshops

  • Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia Workshop
    Kristopher Schroeder, MD; John Shepler, MD; Jocelyn Blake, MD; Kristin Bevil, MD;  Elizabeth Wilson, MD
  • Point-of-Care Ultrasound Workshop
    Jagan Ramamoorthy, MD; Christopher Cassara, MD; Jonathan Kay, MD; Lisa Klesius, MD; Justin Tawil, MD, Noreen Murphy, MD
  • Chronic Pain Ultrasound Workshop
    Alaa Abd-Elsayed, MD, MPH; Peggy Kim, MD, MS, MBA, Keth Pride, MD; Gwynne Kirchen, MD

5:00 – 6:00pm: Cocktail Reception w/Hors D’Oeuvres

6:10pm: Brewers vs. Cubs Game at Miller Park – SOLD OUT

Sunday, September 8, 2019

6:30 – 8:30am: Continental Breakfast with Best of MARC Presentations

7:00 – 8:30am: Resident Forum/Panel Discussion

  • Chronic Pain – Peggy Kim, MD, MS, MBA
  • Cardiac Anesthesia – Igor Zhukov, MD
  • Acute Pain/Regional Anesthesia – John Shepler, MD
  • Pediatric Anesthesia – Bridget Muldowney, MD
  • ICU – Jagan Ramamoorthy, MD

7:00 – 8:00am: Preoperative Patient Care

Noreen Murphy, MD

8:00 – 9:00am: Physician Wellness, Burnout and Suicide Panel Discussion

Aimee Becker, MD, Bridget Muldowney, MD

9:00 – 9:30am: Break with Coffee

9:30 – 12:30pm: ASA Pain: Anesthesiologists Tailored Approach to Patient Safety Considerations When Using Opioid Analgesics

Alaa Abd-Elsayed, MD, MPH; Maxim Eckman, MD; Samer Narouze, MD, PhD; Richard Rosenquist, MD

12:30 – 12:45pm: Abstract Poster Awards

  • 1st Place for Challenging Cases
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place for Original Investigations/QI Projects

12:45 – 1:00pm: Closing Remarks and Door Prize

Alaa Abd-Elsayed, MD, MPH; Peggy Kim, MD, MS, MBA

1:00pm: Adjourn

Call for Abstracts

Submission Deadline: Monday, August 5, 2019

CLICK HERE to Submit Your Abstract!

NEW THIS YEAR! The Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists is accepting abstract submissions to its 2019 Annual Meeting, held September 7-8, 2019 at Potawatomi Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Complete the form linked above to submit your abstract for the WSA 2019 Annual Meeting. One abstract per form. Please see submission guidelines below.

Abstract Formatting, Presentation & Guidelines

  • Abstracts may not have been published previously.
  • Abstracts should be brief, typically less than 600 words.
  • Submission must be in Microsoft Word Document.
  • Limited to one page with imbedded graphics.
  • Submitted via the online submission form.
  • Abstracts are peer-reviewed according to the following criteria: originality, importance, methods, analysis, results, conclusions, general interest and writing quality.
  • Authors will be notified of review decision via email.
  • Non-member presenting authors (poster display ONLY) are required to pay meeting registration fee.
  • Posters should be 4' wide and 3' tall; push pins will be provided.

CLICK HERE to view a sample PDF of acceptable abstract formatting.

Abstract Awards

The WSA will be honoring the best abstract posters and recipients will be selected for the following awards.

  • Best Case Report Abstract - $200
  • 1st Place Original Investigations/QI Projects - $350
  • 2nd Place Original Investigations/QI Projects - $250
  • 3rd Place Original Investigations/QI Projects - $150

Saturday Night Event

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs at Miller Park
Saturday, September 7, 2019, 6:10pm
Northwestern Mutual Legends Club

Ticket Price: $70 - admission ticket, buffet and two drink tickets ($120 value!)

TICKETS SOLD OUT - Please contact the WSA Office to be added to the waiting list should more tickets become available 60 days out from the game date.

CLICK HERE to view the location of the Northwestern Mutual Legends Club


Hotel Information

Potawatomi Hotel

1611 Canal St
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: 844-217-4100

Alternate Hotel - The Journeyman 

310 E. Chicago St.

Milwaukee, WI 53202

Room Rate: $239 per night 

CLICK HERE to make your reservation!

Reservation Deadline: August 31, 2019

*Be sure to identify yourself as a WSA Member in order to receive the special rate

Please make reservations directly with the Journeyman BEFORE August 31, 2019.   


CME Information

Satisfactory Completion: Learners must complete an evaluation form to receive acertificate of completion. Your chosen sessions must be attended in their entirety. Partial credit of individual sessions is not available. If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement. 

Physicians: In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and the Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists. Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statement – Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

ABA MOCA Credit®: This activity contributes to the patient safety CME requirement for Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA) redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®), known as MOCA 2.0™. Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements. Maximum of 13.75 hours available. You must request your certificate within 25 days of the activity to meet the deadline for submission to PARS.