Perioperative Medicine SIG satellite meeting 2020

The Perioperative Medicine Special Interest Group (SIG) Executive Committee invites you to join us for a one-day Perioperative Medicine SIG satellite meeting on Thursday April 30, 2020, at the Perth Convention Centre, in the lead up to the ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting.


The day will explore the full circle of the patient perioperative journey from early contemplation of surgery in primary care through to postoperative recovery, rehabilitation and handover, back to primary care. We are fortunate to have two exceptional international speakers who are at the forefront of perioperative medicine (POM) in our program: Professor Ramani Moonesinghe (UK) and Professor Solomon Aronson (US).

Professor Moonesinghe is Professor of Perioperative Medicine at UCL and works clinically at University College London Hospitals. She is a director of the Health Services Research Centre at the RCoA and the NIHT funded Surgical Outcomes Research Centre at UCL/UCLH. Professor Moonesinghe will cover all essential elements of a POM service, including ongoing audit as to its outcome benefits.

Professor Solomon Aronson is a tenured professor at Duke University and Executive Vice-Chairman in the Department of Anesthesiology, and will discuss the Preanaesthesia and Surgical Screening Clinic.

In addition to this, we have a great line-up of speakers from different specialties and disciplines to educate us on topics from shared decision making to the role of allied health, geriatrician input, the value of advanced recovery room care, rehabilitation, and what our surgeons are looking for in a POM service.

Dr Vanessa Beavis, the current Chair of the Perioperative Steering Committee, will close off the day with an inspiring talk on the future direction and vision of POM in Australia and New Zealand.

It promises to be a fun, educational day for all those interested in improving our patients’ perioperative journey. I look forward to seeing you there.

Dr Jill Van Acker
Perioperative Medicine SIG, Convenor


International speakers

Professor Ramani Moonesinghe is professor of perioperative medicine, head of the Centre of Perioperative Medicine and head of the Department of Targeted Intervention within the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science at UCL. She is an honorary consultant anaesthetist at University College London (UCL) Hospitals, where she was previously also a consultant in critical care medicine (2009-2018). She is director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded UCL/UCLH  Surgical Outcomes Research Centre and was previously a faculty tutor in Intensive Care Medicine and a trust clinical lead for Organ Donation at UCLH. She has been a board member of the National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) since 2009 and was the NIAA's academic training advisor between 2012 and 2016; she was also the academic training programme director for the London Academy of Anaesthesia for five years. Ramani was a council member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists between 2008 and 2012. She was the local NIHR clinical research network lead for Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain in North Thames (2015-2017) and remains on the NIHR’s national specialty group representing the HSRC. In 2016, she was appointed as associate national clinical director for elective care at NHS England; she is also a member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) perioperative medicine leadership team.

Ramani's academic interest is health services and improvement research in perioperative medicine, in particular, risk stratification and outcome measurement with a view to improving the quality of care for patients undergoing major surgery. In 2015, she was awarded a senior postdoctoral fellowship in Improvement Science by the Health Foundation and through that established the RCoA HSRC national Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme which measures and improves morbidity and patient reported outcome after major non-cardiac surgery in adults. For the HSRC she also leads SNAPs 1 and 2, the Children’s Acute Surgical Abdomen Programme, the Perioperative Improvement Research Laboratory and the Global Health Strategy. She is also a member of NIAA’s NELA project team.

Professor Solomon Aronson is Executive Vice Chairman in the Department of Anesthesiology and a tenured professor at Duke University in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Population Health Science. He is an adjunct honorary professor at the University College London.

He earned his BS in molecular biology with distinction at the University of Wisconsin and his MD with honors in research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. After completing an anesthesiology residency including a year as chief resident at the University of Texas Medical Galveston, he completed a fellowship in cardiac and vascular anesthesia at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston. Thereafter, he was recruited to the University of Chicago where he ascended to the rank of full professor and served as chief of the cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia division. In 2006 he was recruited to Duke and in 2011, Dr Aronson received his MBA with a concentration in Health Sector Management at Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

Having written over 300 manuscripts, book chapters, and abstracts as well as six textbooks, he is recognized as an expert on topics concerning perioperative echocardiography and perioperative blood pressure risk, perioperative medicine and population health and health economics. He has lectured nationally and internationally.   

Dr Aronson has been repeatedly listed in Best Doctors in America. He continues to serve on the FDA as a consultant after served on the Anesthesia and Life Support Advisory Committee and Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee. In 2017, University College London awarded a professor appointment. In 2019, he was honored by the American Society of Echocardiography with a lifetime achievement award.
Dr Aronson serves on the board of directors as director of business development for the Physicians Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) at Duke. He has served on the board of directors and was president of the intraoperative council for the American Society of Echocardiography, served on the board of directors and was president for the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiology, was a founding trustee member of the National Board of Echocardiography and served on their board.



Registration for the Perioperative Medicine SIG meeting will open in November. To register for the SIG meeting and/or ANZCA ASM, please click here.


The meeting program is available to view here.

Social events

A welcome reception will take place at the end of the meeting at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC). This is included in the registration fee.


Continuing personal development

Participants in the ANZCA and FPM CPD program may claim this event under the Knowledge and Skills activity learning sessions. Certificates of attendance will be available for those claiming study leave.



The Perioperative SIG satellite meeting will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Address: 21 Mounts Bay Rd, Perth WA 6000.



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For further information or to register please visit the meeting website, or contact the meeting secretariat:

Kirsty O'Connor  
P: +61 3 9510 6299
ANZCA House, 630 St Kilda Rd Melbourne VIC 3004

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