Course Registration

All the information in this year’s Symposium is applicable to the busy, clinically-oriented anesthesia care provider. Participants will hear from numerous experts in the field of anesthesiology and learn the latest information regarding a broad variety of anesthesia-related topics.  More concise lectures and twice as many presentations and mini-symposium.   PBLDS return with ample time for lively discussion.

Upon completion of this course the participant should be able to:
  1. Discuss the importance and take the lead in one’s practice to establish standardized anesthesia handoffs.
  2. Describe techniques to prevent or limit expansion of intracranial hemorrhage during the perioperative period.
  3. Identify the urgency of acute stroke intervention, possible complications and articulate the path of acute patient care.
  4. Analyze the utility of predictive modeling in clinical practice and value of financial services.
  5. Tell the state of evidence for 1:1:1 massive transfusion in trauma.
  6. Examine factors that contribute to delirium and postoperative cognitive dysfunction and develop practice changes that can improve outcomes in their patient population.
  7. ReRelate the role of factor and fibrinogen concentrates in coagulation in the perioperative period and apply that knowledge to patient management.
  8. Identify the effects of anesthetics on tumorigenesis and summarize the evidence.
  9. Explain liver pathophysiology and the impact on coagulation and develop anesthetic plans that integrate this knowledge.
  10. Identify the impact of right ventricular dysfunction and acute care management.
  11. Explain goal directed therapy in terms of the supporting literature and practical application.
  12. Describe and appreciate the advances in resuscitation of hemorrhagic shock.
  13. Discuss the need for uniform burn management strategies.
  14. Explain to the anesthetic implications in the setting of orthopedic trauma surgery.
  15. Express the key features of continuous versus single-shot techniques for analgesia and when one approach may be the choice.
  16. Express the key features of continuous versus single-shot techniques for analgesia and when one approach may be the choice.
  17. Discuss evidence-based practices for the perioperative management of pacemakers and make appropriate recommendations on that basis.
  18. Express to colleagues and the public regarding the severity of the opioid crisis and offer possible solutions.
  19. Describe the risks of anesthetizing a patient with known obstructive sleep apnea and tailor and anesthetic to mitigate adverse outcomes.
  20. Choose the optimal approach for truncal analgesia in the acute pain setting, i.e. epidural, paravertebral, TAPs or quadratus lumborum.


Registration and Fees

Payment is required at the time of registration. Only registrations accompanied with payment will be accepted. Please register in advance. Fees include course materials, two continental breakfasts, record of attendance and continuing education credit.

Early Bird Registration | Register by April 4, 2018



Nurse anesthetist or other healthcare professional


KU faculty or staff (50% or greater employment)


Resident or student (written verification required)


After April 4, 2018



Nurse anesthetist or other healthcare professional


KU faculty or staff (50% or greater employment)


Resident or student (written verification required)


Easy Ways To Register:


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Complete the registration form and mail with payment to: The University of Kansas Medical Center | Continuing Education Registrations | 3901 Rainbow Blvd. | 2003 Student Center | Kansas City, KS 66160

Phone:             913-588-4488  

Fax:                 913-588-4490

Refund/Cancellation Policy

A full refund of registration fees, less a $15 administrative fee, will be available if requested in writing and received by March 15, 2017.  No refunds will be made after that date. A $30 fee also will be charged for returned checks. (Please note that if you fail to cancel by the deadline and do not attend, you are still responsible for payment.)

KU Continuing Education reserves the right to cancel the 67th Annual Postgraduate Symposium on Anesthesiology and return all fees in the event of insufficient registration. The liability of the University of Kansas is limited to the registration fee. The University of Kansas will not be responsible for any losses incurred by registrants, including but not limited to airline cancellation charges or hotel deposits.

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Hance Clarke, MD
Assistant Professor
University of Toronto
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Saundra Curry, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology, Director
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY
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James Howard, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Co-Direcitr of the Burnett Burn Center, Co-Director of Surgical Intensive Care Unit
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS
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Kathrin Husmann, MD
Assistant Professor
KU Medical Center
Kansas City, KS
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Linda Le-Wendling, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Director, Regional Anesthesiology and Perioperative Pain Medicine Fellowship Program
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
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Evan G Pivilizza, MD
Distinguished Teaching Professor, Vice-Chair for Academic Affairs, Director, Liver Transplant Anesthesia
University of Texas
Houston, TX
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David Polaner, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics, Director, Pediatric Transplant Anesthesiology, Chairman, Pediatric Regional Anesthesia Network (PRAN), Chairman, American Society of Anesthesiologists Pediatric Asbstract Review Committee
University of Colorado, School of Medicine
Denever, CO
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Adam Reese, MD
University of Kansas Medical Center
Prairie Village, KS
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Justin E Richards, MD
Assistant Professor
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
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Kenneth Smithson
Assistant Professor
University of Alabama
Birmingham, AL
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Bryant J Staples, MD
The University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS
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Damien Stevens

University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS
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Arthur Wallace, MD
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
San Francisco, CA
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John G Yost III, MD
Univeristy of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, KS
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Mark Zakowski, MD
Clinical Director, Obstetric Anesthesiology, Obstetric Anesthesiologist
Los Angeles, CA
Title Time Faculty Room
Registration, continental breakfast and exhibits 7:00AM - 7:50AM  
Welcome and introductions 7:50AM - 8:00AM  
Standardizing anesthesia handoffs: Does it make a difference and at what cost? 8:00AM - 8:25AM Bryant J Staples, MD
Intracranial hemorrhage intraoperative and postoperative management 8:25AM - 8:50AM Kenneth Smithson
Complications of acute stroke, 8:50AM - 9:15AM Kathrin Husmann, MD
Applications of predictive modeling to the clinical arena - Lessons learned from financial services 9:15AM - 9:40AM Matthew Wyatt, MD
Refreshment break and exhibits 9:40AM - 10:10AM  
1:1:1 Massive transfusion in trauma - PRO PPR study 10:10AM - 10:35AM Evan G Pivilizza, MD
Delirium and postoperative cognitive dysfunction 10:35AM - 11:00AM Kenneth Smithson
The role of factor and fibrinogen concentrates in 2018 11:00AM - 11:25AM Evan G Pivilizza, MD
Anesthetics and tumorigenesists 11:25AM - 11:50AM Kenneth Smithson
Questions and answers 11:50AM - 12:10PM  
Lunch (on your own) and exhibits 12:10PM - 1:30PM  
Liver pathophysiology, hepato-pulmonary syndrome and new ideas in coagulation 1:30PM - 1:55PM Evan G Pivilizza, MD
Right ventricular dysfunction and acute care anesthesiology 1:55PM - 2:20PM Justin E Richards, MD
Goal directed therapy 2:20PM - 2:45PM Arthur Wallace, MD
Advances in resuscitation of hemorrhagic shock 2:45PM - 3:10PM Justin E Richards, MD
Refreshment break and exhibits 3:10PM - 3:40PM  
Burn management strategies 3:40PM - 4:05PM James Howard, MD
When there is a fracture and it needs to be fixed: Anesthetic implications for orthopedic trauma surgery 4:05PM - 4:30PM Justin E Richards, MD
Continuous vs. single injection techniques for analgesia: Which should you choose and why? 4:30PM - 4:55PM Linda Le-Wendling, MD
How to succeed in academia - by really trying 4:55PM - 5:20PM Saundra Curry, MD
Questions and answers 5:20PM - 5:40PM  
Adjournment 5:40PM - 6:00PM  
Networking reception 6:00PM - 8:00PM  

The University of Kansas Medical Center Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Exhibit Opportunities

Exhibiting is an excellent opportunity to present information about your organization and to develop new contacts.  In addition, there are many ways to further enhance your company's presence through support opportunities that will give you the chance to increase your business and to reach the largest gathering of anesthesiologist and CRNAs dedicated to the treatment of patients.

To reserve your exhibit space today click here for exhibit packet.

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