Message from the President

Ruthi Landau, M.D.
2020-2021 President

Dear SOAP members,

It’s hard to believe that April is already upon us. Spring is full of new beginnings and we have several new opportunities for you to take advantage of as a SOAP member.


#SOAPAM2021 - SOAP’s 53rd Annual Meeting
May 13-16, 2021

April 10 – Early Bird Registration Deadline
The SOAP 2021 Annual Meeting registration open we have a dynamic meeting prepared for you!
Please register by April 10 to take advantage of the discounted early registration option.

For all the details and to register visit the website.

We have designed a meeting that will meet your educational needs as well as your schedule. Here are some of the key features we’ve added with you in mind:

• To help accommodate your busy work schedules, we are offering a full and half-registration options.
       » Two-Day Registration – attend Thursday & Friday afternoon sessions.
      » Full Conference Registration – attend Thursday thru Sunday sessions at a variety of times.
• All registrants will have access to sessions within their registration category (two-day registration or full-registration) for 30 days after the event.
• Japanese Symposium – all 2021 Annual Meeting registrants (full registration and two-day registration) will receive complimentary registration for the joint SOAP/Japanese Symposium on May 21 & 22.
• You can add a donation to offset the cost of a resident or medical student during your registration.

April 1 thru May 1 – Cast Your Vote for 2021–2022 Board of Directors & Bylaws Modifications
Voting members of SOAP should receive an e-blast message with information on how to vote online for the 2021 – 2022 Board of Directors vote and Bylaw modifications. You can access information on the candidates (CV and video statements) and cast your ballot the from the Member Center page. Reminder that voting members of SOAP are: Active, Fellow, Lifetime and Retired members.

Diversity & Inclusivity Award – Nominations due April 19
The SOAP Diversity and Inclusivity Award will recognize outstanding obstetric anesthesiologists who have acted to address racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes and made significant contributions to increasing diversity and inclusivity of the anesthesiology workforce through their scholarship, mentorship and leadership.

Any SOAP member may nominate a candidate (yourself or another person) via an online form. Staff will contact nominees for a personal statement, current CV and letter of recommendation from their department chair. Recipients must be SOAP members. Nominations must be received by April 19 and the recipient will be announced at the May 12 Annual Business Meeting.

April 20 - Webinar on Annual Meeting Case & Research Presentations
All 2021 Annual Meeting presenters and anyone wanting tips and best practices on presenting research and case reports. Presenters Ruth Landau, MD, SOAP President and Dr. Phil Hess, Research Committee Chair will discuss overall concepts and best practices for engaging presentations – what makes a good slide, how to summarize the data effectively and other key take away points.

April 28 – Townhall: Leadership and Governance
This is a terrific opportunity for SOAP members to get updates on the society’s strategic initiatives and learn about opportunities to become more engaged.

Our focus will include the significant and important strides SOAP has made over the past year in the governance arena as well as a look at opportunities and plans for the year ahead. This will include the Call for Committee Interest, which is SOAP members’ opportunity to volunteer for working groups, and the roll-out of elements important to the society’s strategic plan.

Presenters include Klaus Kjaer, M.D., MBA, Governance Committee Chair (who will serve as 2021-2022 Vice President), and Edward (Ted) Yaghmour, M.D., FASA, SOAP Vice President (who will serve as 2021-2022 President). They will be joined by DeLaine Bender, CAE, SOAP Executive Director.

May 12 - SOAP Virtual Annual Business Meeting
The SOAP Annual Business Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 12 at 6:30pm – 8:00pm Eastern and will be held in a virtual format this year. At this meeting, we will recognize our award winners: Diversity & Inclusivity Award, Teacher of the Year Awards, 2020 Centers of Excellence designees and others. Voting on officers and bylaw changes will occur in advance of the May 12 meeting, so we will be able to fully recognize and enjoy the achievements of our members.


Ruthi Landau, MD
President, Society for Obstetric Anesthesia & Perinatology (SOAP)