Department of Anesthesiology faculty serves as society leaders at national level

Michael Dancer, MD, presents at SCA annual meeting.

Eleven members of the UNMC Department of Anesthesiology attended the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists’ 46th Annual Meeting on April 27-30 in Toronto.

Faculty members represented the department as society leaders, serving as content experts, session moderators and lecturers, in addition to presenting abstracts and complex cardiac cases.

Five cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellows had complex case presentations accepted, and UNMC’s Michael Dancer, MD, was chosen to present his case in the Fellow and Resident’s Best in Show. Only six submissions from more than 400 poster presentations at the meeting were selected for this honor.
Cardiothoracic division chief Tara Brakke, MD, serves on the SCA Board of Directors and was the co-director of the fellow/resident program of the Scientific Program Committee.

“These physicians did a tremendous job representing our department on a national stage,” said Tara Brakke, MD. “We truly are advancing the field and inspiring our peers to reach new levels, while gaining education to grow ourselves.”

Dr. Dancer was joined by mentor Megan Chacon, MD, to present “Intraoperative Transesophageal Echocardiographic Identification of Coronary Sinus Atrial Septal Defect during Re-Operative Sternotomy and Aortic Valve Replacement.” at the “Best in Show” event.

Dr. Dancer said he was excited to represent the department, demonstrating some of the work of the anesthesiology department.

“This case was an extremely interesting and rare case, with multiple associated clinical decisions based off our findings,” Dr. Dancer said. “For this reason, it allowed for multiple pertinent teaching points and had excellent echo images to help demonstrate these points.”

“Dr. Dancer did an incredible job with our case submission and his presentation showcased his knowledge and professionalism,” Dr. Chacon said.

Fellow and Resident Program

  • Complex Case Presentations “Best in Show”: Moderators: Tara Brakke, MD, FASE
  • Complex cases reviewer: Tara Brakke, MD, Megan Chacon, MD
  • Echo Essentials for the Emerging Professional:

          Moderator: Tara Brakke, MD, FASE

          Discussion Leader: Rebecca Aron, MD

  • Keys to Success: High Yield Topics for the Adult Cardiac Anesthesiology Exam:

Moderators: Tara Brakke, MD, FASE

Circulatory Assist Devices Lecture: Jeffrey Songster, MD

  • Fellow and Resident Mentor/Mentee Session:

Moderator: Tara Brakke, MD, FASE

  • Fellow and Resident Program Mission Possible:

Moderator: Tara Brakke, MD, FASE

  • Resident to Fellow Panelist: Rebecca Aron, MD

Poster session – Fellow and resident abstracts

Moderators: Jeffrey Songster, MD, Megan Chacon, MD,

  • Eric Sweeney, MD – “Main Pulmonary Artery Dissection in a Patient with History of Patent Ductus Arteriosus Closure”
  • Kevin McKillion, DO – “Multifocal Ischemic Stroke after Atrial Fibrillation Ablation in Patient Found with a Left Atrial Esophageal Fistula”
  • Sean Tomes, MD – “Myocardial Carcinoid Metastasis Resulting In Subpulmonic Stenosis”
  • Bradley Eichhorn, MD – “Intraoperative Finding of Previously Undiagnosed Low Flow Low Gradient Severe Aortic Stenosis – The Role of the Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologist in Determining Management”


Multidisciplinary Symposium on Perioperative Management of Heart Failure: Meds, Management, Mistakes and Sometimes Magic!: Moderators: Tara Brakke, MD, FASE

Refreshing Look at Refresher Course Lectures: A Multidisciplinary Approach:

“The Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologist as a Perioperative Consultant – Worth the Staffing Headache or Totally Impractical?” Sasha Shillcutt, MD

Heart/Lung/Liver Transplantation – Contemporary Considerations, Concerns, Cases: Moderators: Megan Chacon, MD

The Times, They Are a Changin’: Hot Topics in Certification and Education (Non-CME):

“When Your Faculty Is in ‘A Burning Ring of Fire’: Acknowledging Burnout and Helping Your Faculty Stay Engaged” Sasha Shillcutt, MD, MS, FASE

Super Echo (Non-CME):

Panelist:Amy Duhachek-Stapelman, MD

POCUS Workshop:

Moderators: Megan Chacon, MD


The Basic TTE Exam and Comparison TEE Views: Chantal Mercier Laporte, MD, FRCPC, FASE

Rescue Echo: Walker Thomas, MHPTT, FASE, RDCS

Professional development workshop –

Conflict Management: How to Ease Egos and Tame Tempers in the Operating Room: Sasha Shillcutt, MD, MS, FASE