SONORIA is the Society for Non OR Interventionalists and Anesthesiologists. SONORIA’s mission is to create and establish interdisciplinary standards, best practice guidelines, educational platforms, and economic constructs which optimize outcome and the safety of patients undergoing Non-OR procedures requiring the collaborative efforts of interventional medical proceduralists and anesthesiologists.


SONORIA is an integrated group which welcomes and includes both anesthesiologists and interventional medicine practitioners. Our goal is to improve patient outcomes by promoting interdisciplinary perspective, collaborative practice and inclusive, broad-based resident education which addresses the realities of overlapping competencies and concerns in the context of the economic constraints of today’s health care market. Our inaugural session was held during the October 2014 meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Our purview includes the entire perioperative spectrum from preoperative evaluation to post procedure disposition. Our focus includes educational, medical, operational and economic considerations. The growing acuity of Non-Operating Room patients, the increasing technical complexity of noninvasive procedures and the economic limitations we all face mandate that we begin our work and accelerate our collaborative process as soon as possible.

The future is here: medical interventions now pose acceptable alternatives to surgery and the scope of anesthesia practice routinely extends beyond the Operating Room. Medical interventionalists utilize increasingly complex techniques and treat higher acuity patients. The need for collaborative practice between anesthesiologists and medical interventionalists is growing and will continue to do so.

These changes create significant implications for care, outcome optimization and financial sustainability for both Anesthesiologists and Medical Interventionalists. Progress depends upon efficient and interdisciplinary teamwork. Synergistic advancement is the goal. SONORIA is our voice.


Wendy L Gross MD MHCM Vice Chair, Anesthesia for Interventional Medicine
Wendy L Gross, MD MHCM
Vice Chair, Anesthesia for Interventional Medicine
Assistant Professor
President, Society of Non OR Interventionalists
and Anesthesiologists
Division of Cardiac Anesthesia
Dept. of Anesthesiology, Perioperative
and Pain Medicine
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Mark Weiss
Mark S. Weiss, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
and Critical Care
Director of Inpatient Endoscopy Anesthesia
Vice-President of the Society of Non-Operating Room Interventionalists
and Anesthesiologists (SONORIA)
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

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