Society for the Advancement of Geriatric Anesthesia



Welcome to the Society for the Advancement of Geriatric Anesthesia. SAGA is dedicated to improving the care of the older patient coming to surgery. At present we offer educational programs at our annual meeting as well as at meetings of other anesthesia societies. We also offer educational support for anesthesia training programs.


Join SAGA/Renew Membership

To join SAGA, click here or download this form. You will only need the Membership Form to pay your 2015 dues but the W9 form is available here if you need it to claim the dues as a payment to a charitable organization. The W9 form has the IRS Tax ID for SAGA.


Benefits of SAGA membership include:

*Meeting people with similar interests
*Learning about issues in anesthetic and perioperative geriatric care
*Newsletter alerts
*Low cost membership



The Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists' Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) is an RO3 NIH grant to further research in geriatrics among medical and surgical specialties. It provides up to $50000/year. Anesthesiologists have been quite successful over the years in getting these grants. It is designed for junior faculty.

SAGA in the NEWS


European Society of Anaesthesiologists

May 31-June 3, 2014      Stockholm, Sweden

            This year's program included a pre-congress course on whether anesthesia and surgery contribute to dementia, and is chaired by SAGA member Rod Eckenhoff and the panelists also include SAGA President Zhongcong Xie and SAGA member Daqing Ma. 


SAMBA Annual Meeting, May 2012

SAGA provided a panel on Geriatrics moderated by SAGA Board member Mary Ann Vann, who also spoke on An Aging US Population - What You Need to Know. Kathryn McGoldrick spoke on Elderly Patients in the ASC - Selection and Expectations, and Christina Matadial spoke on Pharmacotheryapy in the Elderly.


American Geriatrics Society Meeting, May 2012

Deborah Culley organized the annual meeting of the AGS Section for Enhancing Geriatric Understanding and Expertise among Surgical and Meducal Specialists. Speakers included SAGA Board member Mark Neuman who spoke on Reinventing Risk: Classification and its Consequences for Surgery in the Elderly. In addition, the ASA was represented at the Geriatrics for Specialists Initiative Council meeting by Jeff Silverstein and Alec Rooke.


SAGA-OAPRS Meeting 2011

The third joint meeting with the Orthopedic Anesthesia Pain Rehabilitation Society (OAPRS) was held on October 14, 2011 in Chicago. Meeting Chair was SAGA Board member Jacque Chelly. Speakers from SAGA included Sheila Barnett (CNS effects of volatile anesthetics and delirium in the elderly), Shamsuddin Akhtar (cardiac management of elderly orthopedic patients: stents, glucose and beta -blockers), Mark Neumann (regional vs. general anesthesia: new evidence from the Medicare hip fracture database), and Asokumar Buvanendran, (anesthesia and postoperative analgesia for minimally invasive spine surgery).


SAGA at the SCA

For the ninth straight year SAGA had a panel at the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists annual meeting (May 2, 2011, Savannah, GA). The panel, "Frail and failing: Perioperative care in the octagenarians undergoing cardiothoracic surgery", was moderated by SAGA member Shamsuddin Akhtar. The talks were given by Shamsuddin Akhtar (Perioperative outcomes after cardiothoracic surgery: Octagenarians vs non-octogenarians), Richard L. Wolman (Informed consent in the elderly: Is it a misnomer?) and SAGA member John Mitchell (Guidelines don't guide care of the elderly: Are we extrapolating data correctly?).


FAER ASA Panel focuses on the aging brain.

The 2008 FAER Panel at the ASA Annual Meeting in Orlando was "Anesthesia and the Elderly Brain: What the Anesthesiologist Needs to Know". The speakers and talks were Jeff Silverstein: "The Graying of the Surgical Patient: Trends You Need to Understand", Chris Jankowski: "Why Can't I Remember Where I Put My Car Keys? What Happens to the Older Brain?", Fritz Sieber: "Postoperative Delirium in the Elderly: Does Anesthesia Care Play a Role?" and Deb Culley: "Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction: Is It the Surgery or the Anesthesia?."


Terri Monk, former SAGA President, gave the Rovenstine lecture at the 2003 ASA meeting.

Entitled "Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction: The Next Challenge in Geriatric Anesthesia", the talk reviews one of the most serious problems facing elderly patients having major surgery.
Download a PowerPoint copy of the slides from the Rovenstine lecture. (just less than one megabyte)




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