The Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists

Committee on Research Update

The SOCCA Committee on Research is currently engaged in multiple efforts to expand the scientific objectives of the society. First, the committee has developed a series of short surveys targeted to SOCCA members to assess diverse aspects of anesthesiology-led intensive care. These include: clinical practice patterns, research initiatives and mechanisms of support, current and future models of anesthesia-based ICU training and education, anesthesiology intensive care engagement in the COVID-19 pandemic, and point of care ultrasound utilization in clinical practice. These surveys will be disseminated to SOCCA members in the coming months with results subsequently disseminated broadly so that we may better understand the strengths of our practice, areas for improvement, and future directions for the growth of anesthesiology-led intensive care.

Second, the committee has recently created three new subcommittees to further advance our strategic goals: Subcommittee on Data, Subcommittee on Research Network, and Subcommittee on Task Forces and White Papers. These subcommittees are responsible for driving unique initiatives to enhance the research productivity of SOCCA and its membership. Deliverables will include peer-reviewed scientific publications and the creation of sustainable multicenter research collaborations.

Third, the committee continues to collaborate with other professional societies in order to improve patient care and scientific dissemination. As one recent example, SOCCA is currently partnering with SASM and SAMBA to establish evidence-based guidelines on perioperative management of patients with obstructive sleep apnea.

Finally, the committee is firmly committed to supporting the growth of early-career clinicians and scientists. As such, the committee is actively seeking engagement and committee membership applications from early-career professionals.


Robert D. Stevens, MD, FCCM
Chair, SOCCA Committee on Research
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland
Matthew A. Warner, MD
Vice Chair, SOCCA Committee on Research
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota