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32nd Annual Anesthesia Seminar
May 30 - June 2, 2018

Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

  • Continuing education credits: 22 Class A CE credits
  • Registration fee: $799 by April 30, 2018; $825 after April 30, 2018; $220 daily
  • NAFA's Inaugural Golf Outing:
    Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - $75 for 18 holes, w/cart, boxed lunch, golf towel and a sleeve of golf balls
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Hilton Head Island, the largest of the barrier islands off the coast of South Carolina, offers breathtaking ocean views, palm-lined fairways, sun-warmed beaches, endless sporting opportunities, gourmet dining and exclusive shopping. The island’s charm, history and natural beauty blend to make it a desirable location to combine an enriching continuing education program with pleasure and relaxation. The island is known for its natural beauty and historical significance, its boutiques, antique stores and galleries, its 40 golf courses, and for being within a half-day’s drive of Atlanta, Ga.; Orlando , Fla.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Charlotte, N.C.

The Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa is a 500-room oceanfront resort with a beachfront reaching the blue-green Atlantic. Located at Palmetto Dunes, the resort features five championship golf courses, 25 tennis courts, ocean-side bicycling and jogging paths, four restaurants, a newly renovated poolside deck and bar and world-class sauna.


NAFA’s 31st Annual Hilton Head Seminar features a variety of clinical lectures for CRNAs and practicing anesthetists. We have assembled a faculty of experts to cover such topics as:

  • Patient Safety
  • Ultrasound Essentials
  • Communication
  • Non-Opioid Pain Management
  • Scientific Posters


Tuesday May 29, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration
Wednesday May 30, 2018 (5 credits)
6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7:00 a.m. - 7:15 a.m. Welcome to Hilton Head
Opening Remarks
M. Fallacaro, DNS, CRNA, FAAN
7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Transferring Care from One Provider to Another
M. Lane-Fall, MD, MSHP
8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Communication for Safety
M. Lane-Fall, MD, MSHP
9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Break - Visit with Exhibitors
9:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Thoracic Surgery and Anesthesia Update: There
is no "I" in Team
E. Woods, MD, FACS
C. Davis, PhD, CRNA
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Question and Answer Session
C. Davis, PhD, CRNA
M. Lane-Fall, MD, MSHP
E. Woods, MD, FACS
Thursday May 31, 2018 (7 credits)
6:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Ultrasound Essentials: Discussion and Demo
H. Barnwell, DNAP, CRNA
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
C. Kroepel, DNAP, CRNA
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Anesthesia Considerations for the Patient Presenting
for Thoracic Spine Stimulators
C. Kroepel, DNAP, CRNA
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Break - Visit with Exhibitors
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Physiology of Cardiomyopathies
B. Wands, PhD, CRNA
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. The Use of Alvimopan in the Perioperative Period
B. Wands, PhD, CRNA
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Question and Answer Session
H. Barnwell, DNAP, CRNA
C. Kroepel, DNAP, CRNA
B. Wands, PhD, CRNA
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Review of Scientific Posters
NAFA Faculty
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Pizza Party
Friday June 1, 2018 (5 credits)
6:30 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast.
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Quality and Safety in Anesthesia: Past, Present and Future
A. Agarwala, MD, MBA
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Anesthesia for Robotic Surgery - Considerations and Challenges
A. Agarwala, MD, MBA
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Break - Visit with Exhibitors
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Understanding the Business of Anesthesia
T. Walter, MBA, MSN, CRNA
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Question and Answer Session
A. Agarwala, MD, MBA
T. Walter, MBA, MSN, CRNA
Saturday June 2, 2018 (5 credits)
6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Injuries Related to Patient Positioning
H. Barnwell, DNAP, CRNA
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Non-opioid Post-Surgical Pain Control
H. Barnwell, DNAP, CRNA
10:00 a.m. -10:15 a.m. Break - Visit With Exhibitors
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Patient Safety Considerations in the PACU
C. Davis, PhD, CRNA
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Question and Answer Session
H. Barnwell, DNAP, CRNA
C. Davis, PhD, CRNA


Aalok V. Agarwala, MD, MBA
Division Chief General Surgery Anesthesia
Associate Director of Quality and Safety
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA.

Lloyd Harold Barnwell, DNAP, CRNA
Assistant Professor
Assistant Director of Doctoral Education
Department of Nurse Anesthesia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA

T. Corey Davis, PhD, CRNA
Assistant Professor
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs
Department of Nurse Anesthesia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA

Michael D. Fallacaro, DNS, CRNA, FAAN
Professor, Chairman
Department of Nurse Anesthesia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA.

Christine Kroepel, DNAP, CRNA
Chieff Nurse Anesthetist
Commonwealth Anesthesia Associates
Richmond, VA.

Meghan B. Lane-Fall, MD, MSHP
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA.

Trent Walter, MBA, MSN, CRNA
Chief CRNA, Mid-Atlantic Division Director
CRNA Implimentation Team
North American Partners in Anesthesia

Brenda Wands, PhD, CRNA
Assistant Professor
Director of Interprofessional Education
Department of Nurse Anesthesia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA.

Edward L. Woods, MD, FACS
Staff Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Sharon Regional Health System
Sharon, PA


This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 22.00 Class A CE credits; Code Number: 1035547 Expiration date: 6/2/2018.

West Virginia provider number: WV2002-0398RN

NAFA and AANA / NBCRNA CE and Recertification Requirements:
Nurse Anesthesiology Faculty Associates (NAFA), a leader in continuing education, is pleased to inform clients that all NAFA events are designed to meet Class A credit requirements. Once NAFA programs are approved by AANA, and so noted on our website, clients will be able to apply their earned CE credits to meet Class A and/or Class B recertification requirements. Additionally, in planning CE offerings, careful consideration is given to include content congruent with the NBCRNA's "Core Module" topical areas.


1. Online meeting registration
This seminar, has a $799 registration fee through April 30, 2018, and $825 after April 30, 2018: $220 daily rate. Once you have registered, you will receive an email confirmation notice from NAFA. Be sure to retain your confirmation number to make updates to your registration information, reprint your receipt, and receive access to the electronic syllabus.

NAFA's 2018 Inaugural Golf Outing at Hilton Head
This year, NAFA is excited to host an Inaugural Golf Outing at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island. The details for the event are as follows:
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (rain date Friday, June 1, 2018).
Time: Tee times begin at 1:30 PM.
Location: Robert Trent Jones Course
Cost: NAFA has negotiated a discounted rate of $75 for 18 holes, w/cart, boxed lunch, golf towel and a sleeve of golf balls
This event is only available to registered attendees at our Hilton Head Meeting. Once registered for our event, you will receive more information via email on how to sign up to play.
NAFA would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:

karl storz endoskope


Registration Cancellation Policy
If you are not able to attend this event, you may choose one of the following options:
1. Have full amount of funds applied toward a NAFA conference registration fee held within the next 12 months of cancellation.
2. Have a refund issued less a $25.00 cancellation fee for administrative costs incurred.
All requests for registration cancellations must be submitted in writing to or by fax at (804) 828-0581

2. Hotel registration
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Head Marriott Beach Resort and Spa for Friday, May 22 to Saturday, June 8, 2018. Contact Marriott at (888) 511-5086 to book your  lodging. Be sure to state you are a Nurse Anesthesiology Faculty Associates attendee to get the NAFA special group rate.
Please book prior to May 1, 2018.
NAFA Ocean front / Ocean view rates are $199.00 single/double and Resort view rates are $190.00 single/double plus applicable tax. All rooms are subject to a $1 destination fee per room, per night. Additional nights at the conference rate may be reserved both prior to and after the conference event based on availability.
The hotel can sell out quickly so please make your reservations as soon as possible!!!


Lasting Impressions

Lasting Impressions



"I have attended the Hilton Head Island conference for 11 years. I continue to attend because of the beautiful location, first rate facilities, and quality speakers. These three reasons for returning are a testimony to NAFA and the professional and serious way they view the delivery of continuing education to CRNA's. As credentialing changes, I am sure NAFA will remain at the forefront in providing CRNA continuing education training."
B. Maize, CRNA

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"The NAFA Annual Anesthesia Seminar at Hilton Head provides current anesthesia research and evidence regarding best anesthesia practice in a timely fashion. Their respect for attendees knowledge needs is based on attention to prior year’s evaluations. The sessions provide multiple learning opportunities regarding not only recent practice updates but also optimal performance and safety concerns regarding patient care. A few days on Hilton Head creates the ambience of being among the island locals rather than a tourist.."
J. Jasienski, DNP, CRNA

"It has been a delight to participate in the 27th annual NAFA seminar held at Hilton Head South Carolina. The topics were current and useful in my practice. In addition, the speakers were easy to follow and open to questions throughout our course. Hilton Head in May is a wonderful place to visit."
C. Peterson, CRNA

"This is my second time attending the NAFA conference in Hilton Head. Very well organized conference with knowledge speakers! Applicable topics! Amazing location with beautiful beach and hotel facilities!. I will be back!"
C. Hazen, CRNA

"The NAFA Hilton Head conference has consistently provided relevant topics and excellent speakers. This is by far my favorite continuing education destination. The NAFA staff does an amazing job of organizing and presenting a wonderful conference."
K. Shantz, CRNA

"This conference is "a lot of bang for your anesthesia buck." Great real world lectures framed by cutting edge research! The facility and program is all top notch."
D. Mistler, CRNA

"A very pleasant experience. It was my first conference through NAFA. All of the presenters were very knowledgeable and interesting with a touch of humor."
D. Zamerlin, CRNA

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"These seminars keep me so well educated! I learn from every lecture at each yearly seminar. That is why I have been attending for 25 years. When planning each year's continuing education I look to NAFA as the only source. The speakers are all knowledgeable and entertaining. The latest research is always presented. I know where my career will be in the future, economically, and pharmacologically!"
V. Earhardt, CRNA

"NAFA Hilton Head was an entertaining conference that provided practical information that I will be implementing into my anesthesia practice."
M. Edwards, CRNA