Anesthesiologists were pioneers in the field of organ transplantation. The rapid growth of the field of transplantation would have been impossible without important innovations in intraoperative patient care by anesthesiologists (1). A landmark event recognizing the importance of transplant anesthesiologists was the incorporation of guidelines by the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network/United Network for Organ Sharing defining qualifications for the Director of Liver Transplant Anesthesia in 2011.2,3 This change was designed to promote responsibility and accountability in the field of liver transplant anesthesia. As Mandell et al noted, the true significance of the guidelines was to highlight the contribution of transplant anesthetic care to patient outcome.4
In 2011, members of the anesthesia community who cared for transplant patients created an informal society allowing participants to share information and ideas designed to improve donor and recipient care. The intent of this society was to harness the enthusiasm and motivation of transplant anesthesiologists to drive innovation in the fields of abdominal and thoracic transplantation and intensive care. The society membership articulated 3 guiding principles: to provide a common meeting ground for scientific development, to increase anesthesia presence in related collegial transplant societies and organizations, and to advocate for the professional interests of transplant anesthesiologists.
The Society for the Advancement of Transplant Anesthesia (SATA) was legally incorporated in 2016 to solidify a home base for transplant anesthesiologists. SATA endorses the concept that integrating the anesthesiologist into all aspects of transplant patient care and policy development ultimately benefits the best interests of the patients. To advance this mission, the editors of Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia have provided a scholarly forum for all transplant anesthesiologists, and Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia will serve as the official home journal for SATA. We thank the Editors-in Chief, Drs Nathaen Weitzel and Miklos D. Kertai, for this opportunity. We anticipate the home journal will be a vital link helping focus and develop the specialty of transplant anesthesia.
Editorial about “The Society for the Advancement of Transplant Anesthesia (SATA)”
As was published in SCTVA Volume: 21 issue: 1, page(s): 7-7
Founded in 2011, the Society for the Advancement of Transplant Anesthesia (SATA) is an independent clinician-based professional association serving the needs of anesthesiologists and critical care specialists involved in the practice of transplantation medicine and surgery. As the complex field of transplantation continues to develop rapidly, SATA seeks to advance the scope of practice and further develop the field of transplant anesthesiology.