Summer 2018

Clinical Trials Network
by Michael S. Avidan, MBBCh

Leaders of academic anesthesiology organizations have recognized that there is a need to conduct large pragmatic trials in order to answer important questions in anesthesiology-related research. Although there are several successful anesthesiology clinical trial networks around the world, there is no collaborative network in the United States. There are several factors that enable anesthesiology researchers today to conduct large and efficient trials, in line with recommendations of the National Institutes of Health.

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The Role of Intensivists in the Management of Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cell Related Toxicities
by German Echeverry, M.D.

Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cell therapy is a promising novel cancer treatment modality recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration for relapsed/refractory B cell liquid tumors. Though its use is currently limited to a few designated centers across the US, if this line of therapy continues to deliver on the hype and new indications continue to arise as expected, it is likely that in the coming years it will be coming to a hospital (and an ICU) near you.

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Job Board

Have you visited SOCCA’s Job Board recently? Recent listings include positions with Anesthesia Associates of Morristown, New Jersey; American Anesthesiology of Atlanta, Georgia; and Midwest Physician Anesthesia Services of Columbus, Ohio.

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Call for Articles

If you have an interesting case report, an idea for a pro-con discussion, a review idea, or an opinion on a recently published article, please submit your proposal/article to Vivian Abalama, CAE, at on or before September 10, 2018. If your article is chosen for the newsletter, we will contact you for editing and formatting. Thank you.

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