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

Congratulations to Mark Neuman!

Dr. Neuman, SAGA Secretary and Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania has been awarded the 2015 ASA Presidential Scholar Award.  Mark has used his training in health policy and outcomes research to study perioperative outcomes using large databases.  Much of his work has centered on the older patient population.  News of the announcement was made by Lee Fleisher in an editorial in Anesthesiology. Mark is also the current Chair of the ASA Committee on Geriatric Anesthesia.


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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