Dear SOAP Members:

I am honored and excited, along with the rest of the 2021-2022 Board of Directors to begin my term as your next SOAP President. This year SOAP wants to focus on creating a member driven, sound infrastructure. By placing an emphasis on committee sponsored activities, initiatives, and actions, we can continue to expand our footprint in the community at-large.

We know that time is precious.  Therefore, we have a new streamlined format for our monthly updates with all the important information on how SOAP is working for you, your practice and your patients.

Board of Director STATS

  • The Board has been working on the new governance structure - view the Governance Townhall to learn about the exciting changes.  Steering Committees have been selected and are in the process of setting their annual action plan and determining what working groups are needed.  This new governance structure allows for more member involvement - approximately 20% of members will be involved in board, committees and workgroups!  Stay tuned - subcommittees and working groups are still being formed so you may still be contacted to serve!  Lots of great work ahead!
  • NEW SOAP Learning Center will allow members to access past meeting information, toolkits, resources, view past townhalls and webinars.  You will need to be logged in (use the same log-on as the SOAP website member only page).

Committee STATS

  • New simulation module on Case of a Pregnant Patient with Severe COVID-19 Respiratory Failure 
  • OB Anesthesia fellowship programs had a second successful year using the SF Match. 43 programs participated, offering 64 positions. 43 applicants matched, including 19 by early exception (17 as internal candidates; 1 as a dual program candidate (OB and Cardiac); and 1 as an international candidate. 



  • Sunday, Oct. 10, 10am our own Cynthia Wong, MD will present the "SOAP/Gertie Marx Plenary Lecture: One-third of a Century of Learning: The Contributions of Anesthesiologists to Obstetric Care" at the ASA Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA (Oct. 8-12). For more info visit 


Ted Yaghmour, MD
2021-22 SOAP President