Welcome! It is a great privilege to serve at the helm of the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC), the premier international organization in the field. For more than four decades, SNACC has established a distinguished record of outstanding clinical, educational, and scientific contributions to perioperative neuroscience. Our membership boasts of many past legends and current stars in the fields of anesthesiology, critical care, neuroscience, and beyond. Indeed, this supportive and uniquely collegial network of clinicians, educators, and scholars might be considered the richest asset of SNACC.
In the next year, I intend to build on the traditional strength of SNACC—clinical neuroanesthesia and neurocritical care—to advance the neuroscience of anesthesiology and improve neurologic outcomes of non-neurosurgical surgery. Anesthesiology as a clinical field is, at its core, fundamentally neuroscientific, which means that SNACC has the potential to create a much wider impact through its various activities. Furthermore, the neuroscience supported and showcased by SNACC touches on topics (e.g., consciousness, cognition) that have profound scientific and even existential implications. I hope to develop more fully these “three pillars” of neuroanesthesiology—(1) clinical care of neurosurgical and neurological patients, (2) foundational neuroscience of anesthesiology, and (3) neurological outcomes of surgery—through collaborative efforts with our outstanding membership, other societies, and the emerging generation of clinicians and scholars.
Please join SNACC in our efforts to create a more global, diverse, and dynamic community dedicated to improving health by advancing the basic and clinical neurosciences.
George A. Mashour, MD, PhD
President, Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology & Critical Care