A Good Surgeon Deserves a Good Anesthesiologist. A Bad Surgeon Needs a Good Anesthesiologist!

Jul 7, 2023

The Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care has a long history of providing up-to-date lectures and workshops to anesthesiologists and intensivists from around the world, and we are continuing this tradition.

This week, the OMI hosted its 29th Salzburg Weill Cornell Seminar in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care. The course first launched in 1995 and has been conducted on an annual basis ever since. 272 fellows applied for the seminar this week, which demonstrates the enormous interest in the program. 37 fellows from 31 different countries made the cut and learned about updates, best practices, and new guidelines in the field.

Content Focal Points

The 2023 seminar in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care focused on several major themes: neuroanesthesia/neurophysiology/neuropharmacology, regional anesthesia/trauma, cardiovascular disease/hemodynamics/critical care, and goal-directed fluid and coagulation management. Highlights of the seminar included the coagulation workshop and the superb case presentations by the fellows.

Long-time course director, Dr. Hugh Hemmings, Jr., Joseph F. Artusio Jr. Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology, Professor of Pharmacology, and Senior Associate Dean for Research at Weill Cornell Medicine, and Anesthesiologist-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, was joined by OMI newcomers Dr. Shelby Badani (Weill Cornell Medicine, New York), Dr. Simon Howell (St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds), and Dr. Seyed A. Safavynia (Weill Cornell Medicine, New York).

Hugh C. Hemmings, Jr., MD, PhD, FRCA

Hugh C. Hemmings, Jr., MD, PhD, FRCA

OMI Course Director

The enthusiasm and energy of both the fellows and faculty makes for a dynamic course like no other. The carefully selected emerging international leaders in anesthesiology and intensive care are highly engaged and a delight to teach. It is the opportunity to train the next generation of international leaders that keeps me coming back to participate in this wonderful program.

Dr. Oliver Kimberger, Professor for Perioperative Information Management at the Department of Anesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, Medical University of Vienna, co-led the seminar bringing in local expertise: Dr. David Baron, Dr. Johannes Gratz, Dr. Barbara Kabon, and Dr. Judith Schiefer (Medical University of Vienna).

Besides lectures and case presentation sessions, fellows had the chance to attend an exciting ClotPro coagulation workshop. The training was designed to demonstrate the functionality and practical application of viscoelastic tests based on case studies. Thanks to Dr. Johannes Gratz, Dr. Lukas Infanger, and Dr. Vincenz Scharner (Medical University of Vienna) for facilitating the session!

  • 37 fellows
  • 31 countries
  • 1 coagulation workshop

I have read Dr. Hemmings’ books on “Pharmacology and Physiology for Anesthesia” and “Foundation of Anesthesia”, and it was an amazing experience to hear the concepts directly from him, it made everything clearer.

Salehe Mrutu, MD

OMI fellow from Tanzania, United Republic of

Dr. Safavynia gave me several tips on how I can optimize neuromonitoring for my patients in cardiac surgery. That was truly amazing!

Yuliya Pinevich, MD

OMI fellow from Belarus

The fellows’ cases offered up insightful perspectives on a diverse range of topics, from the management of acute liver failure, organ transplantation, and anesthesia care of pregnant patients in low resource settings to the management of chronic pain after extensive combat injury.

Ana Marija Štrucl, MD

OMI fellow from Slovenia