SOAP Stats


I hope everyone is having a good summer!  A lot is happening at SOAP, please find a quick summary below.  As always, please continue to share your ideas, expertise, time and energy with SOAP!


The August 2 SOAP Town Hall on Reproductive Access and Health following the Dobbs Ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court was a success.  Members of the SOAP Board of Directors, the SOAP Reproductive Access and Health (REACH) Taskforce, and members in attendance, were able to share ideas, in a safe space, on how to navigate the rapidly changing health care landscape.  The REACH Taskforce is working with SOAP committees to explore education and research opportunities as well as resources for our members and patients.


Annual Meeting and Live Events

  • The Virtual Fall Forum: Professional Development Series – November 4-5, 2022. This NEW educational opportunity which will focus on professional development. Topics will include research, education in hybrid environments, quality improvement and leadership.  Save the date!
  • 2023 Annual Meeting – May 3-7, 2023, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans. Plans are underway to feature high-quality and timely topics around the theme of “Building Stronger Care Systems and Teams: Pursuing Personalized Maternal Care”.  Save the date!


  • The SOAP Centers of Excellence 2022 applicant cycle is now open. Through October 3, SOAP is accepting new applications as well as renewal applications from the first group of designees named in 2018.


  • Please consider donating to the SOAP Endowment Fund to support opportunities for our members such as the FAER/SOAP MRTG.
  • The SOAP Research Network will hold the inaugural Research Network Symposium in conjunction with the ASA Annual Meeting, October 23, 2022, from 10:15 am – 12:45 pm at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. The symposium will be an opportunity for researchers to receive guidance and feedback from experts in the Research Network.
  • Call for Proposals: If you have a research proposal and are seeking feedback and comments from obstetric anesthesiology experts and researchers in the SOAP Research Network, submit your proposal by September 15.
  • The SOAP Research Network is developing a registry for general anesthesia during cesarean delivery. If you are interested, you can learn more here.


  • The August SIMOM on “Case of Vaginal/Labial Hematoma” was published on the website.
  • The August Fellows Webinar on “Placenta Accreta Spectrum: Evolving Management and Trends” was presented by  Dr. John Kowalczyk.


  • Nominations are now open for a deserving SOAP member to present the Gerard W. Ostheimer Lecture at the 2024 Annual Meeting. Please consider nominating an emerging or established expert in obstetric anesthesiology with a track record of excellence in research, using our online nomination form. The deadline is September 15.
  • The 2023 Fred Hehre Lecturer will be announced later this month.

Member Value

  • The Mentoring Academy Mentor/Mentee Program was successfully launched with 31 members applying by the August 15 deadline. 
  • Members are encouraged to submit content for the SOAP Newsletter.  Articles may be clinical or non-clinical in nature.  Share a short story or poem, an editorial article, or tips from your personal experiences in your practice!


  • The Finance Committee is developing the 2023 budget, with information from committees on their yearly action plans.
  • Combined net assets for SOAP and the SOAP Endowment were $4.9M as of June 30, 2022.

Klaus Kjaer, MD, MBA
President, SOAP